Artifact Spotlight — German Ceramic Marble

Kristi Nichols, Director of Archaeology, Collections and Historical Research
August 2, 2019
White ceramic marble

Marbles in general have been found at prehistoric and historic sites throughout the world. This example of a glazed, handmade white earthenware marble was likely manufactured in Germany.

This type of marble may have arrived in San Antonio as early as the 1850s, but may have become more common after the arrival of the railroad in 1877 due to the easier transport of materials.

This marble does not have any signs of decoration, indicating that it was a less expensive variety.