Around the marble


Historical

Findings from Babylonian, Roman and Germanic period show that the marble game is already very old. The earliest marbles date from 3000 BC A number of round stones were found as an adjunct in the grave of an Egyptian child in Naqada.

The British Museum store marbles from Crete, on the 2000 - 1700 BC date. They were found in the Minoan archaeological site at the mountain Petsofas near Palekastro.

Since around 1500 due to archaeological finds seem different games you could play with marbles, clickers or marbles, in Central Europe clearly be increasing in popularity. Ball size, material and color of the marbles were varied widely: in addition to various marbles made of unglazed earthenware of red or white engobed, are mainly brown stoneware marbles or Almost since the mid-19th Century marbles made of glass.

The production of glass marbles began in 1848 Lauscha in the Thuringian town. There, he invented the glass blower Simon Karl Christoph Greiner called the Märbelschere. Märbel  is the "itzgründische" word for marble, which was also used in High German. In the September 1848 Christoph Simon Karl Greiner, the concession was awarded to the sole production of artificial agate and gemstone beads. They are  possible in all colors with ornate curved and spiral patterns on the inside of the glass marble manufactured balls are made in the traditional manner by adding color or colored glass ribbons and bows to the withdrawn gobs.

Name

In German-speaking countries, the marbles and the marbles are known under various names: Bucker, Datzer, Dötzer, Dux, Glaser, Heuer, clickers, Knicker, Marbeln, marbles, Märbeln, Faster, marbles and Wetzel are just some of them common. The name comes from marble marble, commonly used to manufacture the material. Other names describe either the clacking sound of the abutting balls or the nature of their movement.

Material

Stone marbles (usually marble) already owned the children in ancient Rome. But everywhere in the world, the kids played with marbles, beads, stones, nuts or shellfish. For a long time in Europe colored marbles widespread clay.

Today there are almost entirely glass clicker. Occasionally one encounters Schusser steel, originating mostly from ball bearings. In just a few ball mills are in the Alps is still slurred stones to marbles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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