- Marble names
Ord – ordinary – regular marbles.
Dobber – the big ones.
Catsie – corruption of “cat’s eye” I think – those milky white ones.
Crystal – fully clear apart from bubbles
Spider – a bit like a crystal, but with white spider-leg stripes.
Spaghetti – bit like a Spider but more squiggly internals.
Combinations were possible, a dobber-catsie for example, and we had a highly complicated trade rate which we all knew was gospel fact but in hindsight was probably made up entirely by seven-year-old marble shark Chris Bartlett depending on what marbles he had in his bag and what he wanted.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Sizes in order (as far as I can remember)
ali bompas (these were rare)
Then the types:
ball bearians (actually ball bearings but we seemed to have a hard time getting that right)
EDIT and chinas too yes
Now, how did you play the game? When we did it you had to hit the other person’s marble for a win, but the ratio was decided on value. So to win a biggie with a littlie you had to hit them twice but they only had to hit you once, so you’d say ‘twice-once’ at the beginning of the game and you’d tap him twice and he’d tap you once, like boxers touching gloves I suppose. The ratios for the sizes were well recognised but there’d be plenty of argument with regards the value of the specials.
Now my memory gets dim here, but there were loads of special moves you could call, like if he landed really close to you but didn’t hit you could call ‘drops’ where you stood up and dropped the marble on his. there were many of these calls but I’ve compleltey forgotten.Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
Cats eyes and dogs eyes. One was blue and one was green but I can’t remember which. My cat at the time had one blue and one green eye so that confused things for me.
One of the guys in our school had a french boule in his marble bag. The notorious one-hundred-er steelie. A weapon on mass destruction.Posted 4 years agotechnicallyineptMember
I can only remember ‘dobbers’.
My primary school briefly banned marbles. Not because of ‘elf ‘n’ safety but because it was causing too many arguments. Someone had a (rather beautiful) single opaque tomato red dobber confiscated (and deposited in the bin by the teacher). Pretty sure I still have it after I ‘rescued’ it from the bin.Posted 4 years ago
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