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Vitro Agate Company Marbles

Vitro marbles have a long and interesting history of successive marble companies. Vitro Agate Marble Company of Parkersburg, West Virginia operated from 1932 to 1969, when it was acquired and by the Gladding Corporation, who changed the company's name to Gladding-Vitro Agate. Gladding-Vitro Agate Company operated from 1969 to 1982, when the Paris Manufacturing Company purchased it, and changed the name back to Vitro Agate. In 1987, it was purchased by Viking Rope Company, which retained the name, but moved the company to Anacortes, Washington. In 1992, JABO, Inc. bought Vitro Agate Company, moving the Vitro machinery from Anacortes, Washington, to Reno, Ohio, and becoming the JABO-Vitro Company. Jabo Vitro still makes a marble called "Classics" which look like older swirls, and these marbles have flooded the Internet auction market and are sometimes passed off as vintage. Pre 1992 marbles are generally referred to as Vitros. Post 1992 marbles are generally called Jabos, which are mostly considered to be of lesser quality than the previous vintage types.

The original Vitro Agate marbles such as victories, conquerors, all reds, and Parrots are the most collectible, but certain cage cat's eye marbles, including hybrid colors and the Horseshoe Cage variants, and command higher prices. Almost all the early Vitros have thin layers of colored glass veneered onto a clear or opaque white base. Many of these early Vitros have a "V" in their veneered pattern. The veneered marbles with four or more multicolor patches called "parrots," often bring the highest price based on eye appeal and condition.

MIB118 Gladding-Vitro Agate Caged Horseshoe Cat's Eye Marble + ID Card

Gladding-Vitro Agate Caged Horseshoe Cat's Eye Marble + ID Card

Gladding-Vitro Agate Inc. made cage cat’s eye from 1969 to 1982. In the 1970s, they modified production runs to create caged cat's eyes that looped...
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MIB117 Vintage Gladding-Vitro Agate Caged Cat's Eye Marble + ID Card

Vintage Gladding-Vitro Agate Caged Cat's Eye Marble + ID Card

In this ID set, you will get two different representative Gladding-Vitro Agate Inc. cage cat’s eye marbles with an ID card with tips to distinguish...
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MIB115 Vintage Vitro Agate Co. Conqueror Marble with ID Card

Vintage Vitro Agate Co. Conqueror Marble with ID Card

This Vitro Agate marble with an ID card will help collectors identify vintage Vitro Agate Conquerors. Vitro Agate Conqueror marbles were first made...
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MIB116 Vintage Vitro Agate Co. Phantom Conqueror Marble with ID Card

Vintage Vitro Agate Co. Phantom Conqueror Marble with ID Card

This Vitro Agate marble with an ID card will help collectors identify vintage Vitro Agate Phantom Conquerors. Vitro Agate Phantom Conqueror marbles...
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