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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 8:51 am    Post subject: :)

Hiya! I ended up with this marble, and there was never a doubt in my mind that it was an Akro, especially when I got it in hand. My buddy (you all will probably here that phrase from me often), who's one of the most prolific diggers here and has a very interesting Akro collection, said Akro immediately as well and that he dug a number of them some years ago. I'll tell you what, though: I am totally thrilled with the marble! On the first night I had it I think it became one of my favorites! I just adore it to no end!! Very Happy
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 7:56 pm    Post subject:

lol @ scott.....he's the Decider....koo-koo-ka-choo Laughing

very insightful post, as always, scott!

now i gotta run home to see what the heck marble dave posted.
(gah! i hate not being able to see pics anymore from work!! this is great for my productivity though lol!!)

edit: we thought vitro on that one? silly noobs LOL!
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 4:44 pm    Post subject:

Hey Roger
Chris sent me this one about 7 years ago. At the time we thought it was Vitro, but we were newbies and there was not to much known about the Akro digs at the time. I have to go with Akro now.
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 4:37 pm    Post subject:

Hi Dave, When I first contaced Liz about her marble I suggestd that she ask you about it, knowing that you have experience with German sparklers and that you are an Akro fan (to put it mildly). But as which do you classify the one that you pictured? ... Roger
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 4:13 pm    Post subject:

I'll go Akro on the first marble. Germans are close but the glass is different and the green is just not quite the same. I thought this one was Vitro for the longest time.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 11:35 am    Post subject:

Hi Lizzy, the marble you started this thread with is an Akro Agate.
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 9:34 am    Post subject:

I agree that the shape of the main body of your marble apears to be Akro. The reason for my suggestion that it might be German was because of the oxblood being largely in a separate outer layer of strands. That aspect of it appears to be typically German. While it seems that the Akro sparklers have a fairy uniform construction, the German ones show up in a great variety of sizes, glass quality, construction and colors. So it would not be unresaonable to expect to find some with construction that is similar to Akro. Note also that the German ones can have different versions of "oxblood", ranging from one that is pretty much indistinguishable from Akro's, through to colors that are more red or more purple than"oxblood". The German one of yours that you show alongside appears to be on the red side of "oxblood". ... Roger
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 9:11 pm    Post subject:

first i want to say that i have a lot of respect for roger's experience and
input, esp with the "foreign" marbles, but i am voting akro on this one.

first reason is that the foreign sparklers seem to generally be constructed like
the center of an onion, with any "stringers" coming off of the "slice".

i don't see that construction on this marble.

the other reason is because of this...if you replace the oxblood with other colors
(this project was less successful than i hoped Razz), i think it looks more obviously
like a sparkler (imo, anyway):

PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 8:25 pm    Post subject:

Galen, I'm thinking that there's a German version & an Akro (I've heard Master on this also) version. Here's the ones that Craig (spara50) posted and I think that there are subtle differences between mine & his.

Another reason that I think Akro on mine are because of the shear marks/seams. It has the short, stubby 'eyelashes' that I've seen on Akros that weren't cut with the 'dull shears'. Smile It's hard to see in the pics below but they're there. I haven't noticed that on the Germans. Most of then seem to have "rougher/cruder" shear marks.

EDIT: Included these pictures that I'd forgotten earlier.

PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 8:05 pm    Post subject:

Here is another version of your marble Lizzie I had 6 but sold all the nicer ones. I thought they were german made when the very nice striped transparents were made.(shown) But you sure make a great case for them being Akro! Peace,Galen

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