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Set of marbles

Set of marbles

  • Place of origin:

    England (Made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (Maker)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Graeme Brudenell

  • Museum number:

    B.333:1 to 24-2013

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Marbles are one of the oldest known toys and are known to have been played with in pre-Christian Rome. It is a simple toy, but one that has stood the test of time, going in and out of fashion throughout the ages.

Originally made in the late 19th century, these marbles were found on the banks of the River Thames by a professional 'Mudlark'. This set consists of 24 clear glass marbles, all with internal swirls in shades of yellow.

Physical description

These 24 marbles are all made from clear glass, although all of them have internal swirls in different shades of yellow along with various other colours. Some of the clear glass is tinted slightly green. The surfaces of some of the marbles are slightly chipped, scratched, and worn, presumably from play. There is also evidence on ingrained dirt from their time in the Thames.

Place of Origin

England (Made)


late 19th century (made)


Unknown (Maker)


Diameter: 1.5 cm Smallest marble approx., Diameter: 2 cm Largest marble approx.

Object history note

This marble, along with others that have been donated, were found on the banks of the Thames by a professional 'Mudlark'.

Descriptive line

A set of 24 clear glass marbles with yellow internal swirls, made in England in the late 19th century






Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Games; Toys & Games


Museum of Childhood

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