INDIAN MARBLES, THREE DIFFERENT TYPES AND LOCATIONS
THIS IS A COLLECTION OF THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MARBLES. THE COLOR OF THE MARBLE IS DEPENDING ON THE COLOR OF CLAY OR OTHER MATERIAL USED. THESE ARE: CADDO INDIAN MARBLE (TAN) FROM THE MULBERRY BOTTONS, FRANKLIN COUNTY, ARKANSAS---INCA INDIAN MARBLE (MULTI-COLOR) FROM THE VALLEY OF THE MOON IN THE ATACAMA DESERT AND A BENNINGTON MARBLE (BROWN) FOUND IN ARKANSAS AMONG CIVIL WAR ARTIFACTS. THEY RANGE IN AGE FROM 3,000 YEARS OLD TO THE BENNINGTON BEING FROM 3OO TO 600 YEARS OLD.
THE STORY GOES----SHIPS SAILING TO THE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT TO PICKUP 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 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 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.
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