29/32 inch original German banded opaque lutz (or with strong backlight purple maglite lutz) in mint minus (9.1) condition with bright lutz and 4 equally spaced green bands. It has 2 tiny fleabites and minor pinpricking. Generally this would be considered opaque, but under strong maglighting it shows slight transparent dark purple. This is a larger, hard to find, size with additional black bands dividing each of the two wide, beautiful lutz bands.This is the beginning of the sale of my marble collection. Have you ever considered a collection of quality stone, mineral, ceramic and glass marbles from a more simple era? Have you ever knuckled down to play them yourself? Do you remember the time when boys and girls played baseball, tag, and marbles out of the house - with exercise, air, sun, fun, practice, skill, healthy friends, a sharp eye and mind and a nod from mom and dad? These crafted stones and art glass were the treasured love of every home, and every state and country had it's publicized and competitive marble tournament. American children have come inside. Is it to study school books for tomorrow's test, or tell the family a creative story of the day's trials and success? Or are kids now alone playing video games on computers? Do modern games kill the imagination found in active outside games or reading a book? Are kids today sitting on soft furniture to collect cards and videos, or watch TV or movies, that may not get them dirty with the same clean dirt of marbles? Our nostalgic childhood passed from the sentimental Victorian culture was collecting these toys first. Young people hoarded and prized the classic handmade German marbles, as antique miniature paperweight gems, or as original hand made agate rolling toy weapons, or round glass ball bullets, the guns of children's play. These marbles were mass produced by the business machine of our country, with special and often secret industrial equipment in many states, because they were preferred and prized toys of children. When the girl or boy shooter would roll his or her weapon in this contest, each had a sporting chance. The shooters could gun a ceramic globe straight, like a horse shoe pitcher pitching a ringer, or swirl a clay sp with the spin of a thumb or finger, like a bowler bowling a curve down the alley. Only in this recreation the swirls curved around to shoot a target orb hiding behind enemy lines, like the spinning English of a trick shot in pool. Although in this hobby nobody died or would pretend to kill a real person, the old custom was still to play for keeps. The reward was a beautiful, tiny paper weight the child could then add to his or her personal collection. Customs, hobbies and antiques change. But unlike the modern child's sport, marbles was a more enriching and innocent kid game that is increasingly collected by us older kids who remember.
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