BENNINGTON MARBLES, THREE DIFFERENT SIZES
THIS IS THREE OLD BENNINGTON MARBLES FOUND WHILE SURFACE HUNTING FOR INDIAN ARTIFACTS. IT IS THREE DIFFERENT SIZES.
SO THE STORY GOES----SHIPS SAILING TO THE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT TO PICK UP GOODS USED WHAT IS CALLED THE BENNINGTON MARBLES TO MAINTAIN BALANCE FOR THE EMPTY SHIP. UPON ARRIVAL THEY WOULD DISCARD THE BENNINGTONS ALONG THE SHORE BEFORE FILLING THE SHIP WITH AMERICAN GOODS. THE AMERICAN INDIANS LIVING ALONG THE SHORE WOULD GATHER THE BENNINGTONS THUS REMOVING THE NEED TO MAKE THEIR OWN MARBLES. THE INDIAN IS ACCREDITED FOR SPREADING THE BENNINGTONS INLAND. FACTS OF THE BENNINGTON MARBLES BELOW FOR YOUR PLEASURE.
Made the same way as other pieces of pottery, marbles began as small pieces of clay, which were shaped into spheres, coated with glaze and fired. Most of these marbles are anything but perfect spheres, showing hurried and careless production to create large quantities without wasting time. "Bennington" type crockery marbles are distinguished by "eyes" which are present on the surface, which is a small circular spot often heavy enough to appear almost black. Most marbles contain one of more eyes, or stilt marks, which were formed at places where the marble was supported by or touched some other surface while the glaze was being fired. It is highly probably that brown marbles are probably more common than are the blue. Benningtons come in a wide variety of shades and intensity of the glaze, some dark brown with even darker almost black markings giving a mottled appearance. The glaze used on these marbles is often very thick and shiny. Some Benningtons are light tan with a barely noticeable glaze, and all kinds of intermediate color shades exist. No bennington is ever completely the same shade of brown all over. Some marbles have visible bluish or greenish markings along with the shades of brown.
The blue colored crockery marbles vary as well in depth of color and intensity of glaze. Many of these marbles have a mottled appearance, with the darker blue and lighter blue or white patches beign mixed together on the surface. Another color variation has both blue and brown markings and often quite a bit of white. From the number of the bi-colored Benningtons that exist and the combination of distinct blue and brown (with sometimes a dash of pink or green), it may be safely assumed they were produced separately. The size of "Bennington" marbles ranges from about 1 1/2" in diameter to about 7/16" in diameter.
BENNINGTON: A glazed stoneware marble, or cockery, also in the historic record as ‘cockies.’ A term used by collectors believing these were manufactured in Bennington, Vermont, of which no records exist and Bennington, VT authorities deny were manufactured there, yet the term still survives in the hobby of collecting marbles. Three types of Bennington marbles; blue glazed, brown glazed (most common) and Bennington Fancy.
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