"Preserving My Marbles" by Darryl GortnerDo kids even play marbles anymore? I had so many victories and wins on the playground. This contemporary work reminds me so much of my youth. We had some of the best (and most competitive) games on the playground during recess. It was always good to win, and to be King of the Playground for that day!Marble Terminology"Knuckle down"
: the position adopted at the start line at the beginning of a match. The player begins with his or her knuckle against the ground."Quitsies"
: allows any opponent to stop the game without consequence. Players can either have "quitsies" (able to quit) or "no quitsies"."Keepsies" (or "for keeps")
: the player keeps all the marbles he or she wins."Elephant stomps"
: when called, it allows a player to stomp his or her marble level with the ground surface, making it very difficult for other players to hit."Bombies"
: when called, it allows a player to take one or two steps while holding his or her marble and, while closing one eye, will line up over one of the opponent's marbles and drop the marble trying to hit the marble on the ground."Leaning tops"
: when called, a shooter leans in on his or her off hand for leverage over an indentation on any type of surface or obstacle.A "taw" or "shooter"
is generally a larger marble used to shoot with, and "ducks" are marbles to be shot at.Various names refer to the marbles' size
. Any marble larger than the majority may be termed a boulder, bonker, masher, plumper, popper, shooter, thumper, smasher, taw, bumbo, crock, bumboozer, bowler, tonk, tronk, godfather, tom bowler, fourer, giant, dobber, dobbert, hogger, biggie or toebreaker.A marble smaller than the majority is a peawee, peewee or mini. A "grandfather" is the largest marble, the size of a billiards ball or tennis ball.Various names for different marble types
(regional playground talk, Leicester, UK): Marleys (marbles), prit (white marble), Kong (large marble), King Kong (larger than a bosser), steely (metal bearing-ball). Names can be combined: e.g. prit-Kong (large white marble). There are many more such names, as discussed in the next section.Types of MarblesAggie
- made of agate (aggie is short for agate) or glass resembling agate, with various patterns like in the alleyAlley or real
- made of marble or alabaster (alley is short for alabaster), streaked with wavy or other patterns with exotic names like corkscrew, spiral, snake, ribbon, onyx, swirl, bumblebee, and butterflyAde
- strands of opaque white and color, making lemon-ade, lime-ade, orange-ade, etc.Cat's eye or catseye
- central eye-shaped colored inserts or cores (injected inside the marble)Beachball
- three colors and six vanesDevil's eye
- red with yellow eyeRed devil's
- same color scheme as a devil's eye but swirly.Clambroth
- equally spaced opaque lines on a milk-white opaque base. Rare clams can have blue or black base glass. Medium-high value for antique marbles; rare base color valued much higher.Lutz
- antique, handmade German swirl, containing bands of fine copper flakes that glitter like gold. Erroneously thought to have been invented by noted glassmaker Nicholas Lutz. Medium-high value for antique marbles, depending on specific sub-type of Lutz design.Oilie or oily
- opaque with a rainbow, iridescent finishOnionskin
- antique, handmade German swirl, with many closely packed surface streaks. Medium price range for antique marbles.Opaque
- a popular marble that comes in many colorsOxblood
- a streaky patch resembling bloodPearls
- opaque with single color with mother of pearl finishToothpaste
- also known as plainsies in Canada. Wavy streaks usually with red, blue, black, white, orange.Turtle
- wavy streaks containing green and yellowBumblebee
- modern, machine-made marble; mostly yellow with two black strips on each sideChina
- glazed porcelain, with various patterns similar to an alley marble. Geometric patterns have low value; flowers or other identifiable objects can command high prices.Plaster
- a form of china that is unglazedCommie or common
- made of clay; natural color or monochrome coloration. Made in huge quantities during 19th and early 20th centuries.Bennington
- clay fired in a kiln with salt glaze—usually brown, often blue. Other colorations fairly scarce. Fairly low value.Crock
- made from crockery (earthenware) clayCroton alley or jasper
- glazed and unglazed china marbled with blueCrystal or clearie or purie
- any clear colored glass - including "opals," "glimmers," "bloods," "rubies," etc. These can have any number of descriptive names such as "deep blue sea", "blue moon", "green ghost", "brass bottle".Princess
- a tinted crystalGalaxy
- modern, machine-made marble; lots of dots inserted to look like a sky of starsIndian
- antique, handmade German marble; dark and opaque, usually black, with overlaid groups of color bands; usually white, and one or more other colors. Can also have many colors like blue, green and scarlet. Medium price range for antique marbles.Mica
- antique, handmade German marble; glassy to translucent with streaks or patches of mica, ranging from clear to misty. Value depends on glass color.Steely
- made of steel; a true steely (not just a bearing ball) was made from a flat piece of steel folded into a sphere and shows a cross where the corners all come together.Sulphide
- antique, handmade German marble; large (3 to 8 cm [1.25 to 3 in] or more) clear glass sphere with a small statuette or figure inside. Most common are domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, cows, etc.; then wild animals; human figures are scarce; inanimate objects such as a train or pocket watch are very rare and command high prices
. The interior figures are made of white clay or kaolin, and appear a silvery color due to light refraction. A sulphide with a colored-glass sphere, or with a painted figure inside, is also very rare and brings a high price. Like other types of antique marbles, sulphides have been reproduced and faked in large quantities.Swirly
- is a common marble made out of glass with one swirly color.Shooter
- Any marble but in a bigger size.Tiger
- clear with orange-yellow stripesBaby
- white with colours visible on the outside #marbles #art #playground #growingup #kidsgames #aggie #boulder #steely #catseye #bumblebee #shooter #tiger https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marble_(toy)via/ http://www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com/daryl-gortner.htm