The West Virginia Museum of American Glass (WVMAG) was abuzz with talk of “aggies,” “alleys,” and “Cat eyes,” on Saturday, April 21, as the museum hosted its first ever marble show.
Sharon Pickens, a volunteer at WVMAG, said the show was born out of interest from local marble collectors, and featured unique marbles.
“The vendors are here buying, selling, trading, and identifying marbles for people who have old marbles but may not know anything about them,” Pickens said.
The event featured approximately 10 vendors, including local glass artisan Scott Mayer.
Rochelle’s Antiques of Weston was also represented with Christopher Wagoner on hand selling some of the marbles available from the shop. Wagoner, who works for the downtown business as a “picker”, said he had a crash course in marbles over the last month in preparation for the show. Wagoner said noted that he had read the “marble Bible” and held up a copy of “Shiffer’s Marble Identification and Price Guide,” a standard text among marble aficionados.
Laurie McCormick, a Buckhannon resident, set up a vendor table in order to sell her mother, Dixie McCormick’s marble collection.
The collection featured a marble made in Germany in the late 19th Century with a small white figure of squirrel inside of it, McCormick noted that, in mint condition, that single marble typically sold for around $150.
WVMAG also seized on the opportunity to raise some funds by holding a sidewalk sale outside of the museum that featured a wide array of glassware, books, and other items for Marble Show attendees to peruse on their way into and out of the museum for the event.