Marbles, marbles, marbles

IMG_2095Now that my children have stopped that terrible baby/ toddler stage of putting everything into their mouths, we can get out and play with, my new collection of marbles.   Ah marbles, is there anything about you I don’t love? I don’t think so.  I love that they are glass.  I love that some are rare.  I love that they have been used for generations as a past time.  I love that we refer to them with names such as Kong, Steeler, King Kong and Cats Eyes. I love that kids for generations have learnt the art of negotiating , risk taking, resilience and loss over playing marbles in the school grounds.

I bet there aren’t many toys that have been around as long, and have been universally as popular as marbles.  Marbles have been found in archaeological sites such as Mohenjo-daro, in Pakistan which was built 2600 BCE.  Marbles began being marketed in 1800 in Germany.  Countries around the world have variations of the games with marbles. There is even a World Marbles Championship in England. This has been going since 1932!!!! It starts on Ash Wednesday and lasts until midnight on good Friday. So it’s on right now!!!!!!! Exciting.

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As for why I am collecting marbles?  Since I wrote about my mums marble collection, https://collectablepride.com/2012/05/23/losing-your-marbles/ , which was three years ago, it got me thinking about the simple things I enjoyed as a child.  My mother also thinks that a lot of marbles are old and valuable. With this ever changing plastic toy world isn’t it great to share a game that your children’s great grandparents probably played? Now, when I come across a bag at a school fair or garage sale, I buy them.  I recently bought the beautiful jar to store them in.  I love the jar so much that they do take pride of place on top of my cubby holes.  Don’t they look awesome?IMG_2097

Well you can imagine how excited I was to have a friend visit my home for the first time and admire and then play with my marble collection. Mark, I hope to share your future marble collection on collectable pride.com.

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This entry was published on March 31, 2015 at 10:30 am. It’s filed under Glassware, Toys and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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