Have You Lost Your Marbles?
I thought I would have a look into the saying “lost your marbles” and its variant “losing your marbles”.
Definition of ‘Lost your marbles’ – If someone has lost their marbles, they’ve gone mad.
If I was asked have you lost your marbles? I would reply “Yes and I don’t want them back I’m fine without them!” But someone who wasn’t fine about losing his marbles was Toodles.
Do you recall the 1991 film Hook which is about Peter Pan as an adult? In the beginning of the film Peters elderly Uncle Toodles appears to be let’s say not be quite ‘compos mentis’ as he continually searches for his lost marbles, giving the impression he has gone senile. Later in the film when Peter returns to Neverland and meets Thud one of the lost boys they have this conversation….
Thud: Peter, can I talk to you?
Peter: Sure, Thud.
Thud: I remember Toodles.
Peter: You do?
Thud: He was lost too.
Peter: How could you know Toodles?
Thud: He was a Lost Boy. (Thud then takes out a small pouch.)
Thud: These are his marbles. These are his happy thoughts. (Peter empties out the pouch of marbles and begins to laugh.)
Peter: He really did lose his marbles, didn’t he?
Thud: Yeah, he lost them good.
I think everyone thought Toodles was senile, but for Toodles I believe each of his glass marbles held a hope, possibility, a happy thought and without them he felt lost. So he hadn’t gone senile at all he was just lost without his bag of happy thoughts.
How do they make glass marbles?
There are 2 technics used to make glass marbles by hand and by machine. Marbles were originally made by hand and also out of other materials including wood, clay and stone.
Glass marbles can be fashioned through the production of glass rods which are stacked together to form the desired pattern, cutting the rod into marble-sized pieces using marble scissors, and rounding the still-malleable glass
Rare And Most Collectable Marbles Made of Glass
Onion Skins – These are most collectible type of glass marble. They range in size from ½ inch up to 2 inches their appearance is simpler to that of an onion due to the way the layers of glass are swirled and stretched. Some include flecks of mica or strands of lutz.
Mica Marbles – Are made of clear glass and contain flakes of metal or mica. These are as a rule smaller in size than other marbles and are around 5/8 inches in diameter. You will be able to find these marbles in various colours the rarest colour is the red.
End Of The Day – These were fashioned from the glass crumbs left over at the end of a workday. Traditionally, they were not sold but were given as special treats to neighbourhood children. No two end of day marbles are alike. Amazing to think these freebies are now so collectable.
Coloured Glass Coreless Swirls – it was not possible to use coloured glass ribbons with a coloured glass marble since their interior colours wouldn’t be seen, or if they were visible their colours would be muddy or unclear. As a result, coloured glass marbles were coreless and were decorated with either bands or swirls of white near the surface, or colour applied to the surface.
German Sulfide Marbles – These are large translucent glass marbles usually 1 ½ inches to 2 inches in size and include a porcelain object inside. Usually animals but other objects such as numbers and people can be found.
Spirals and Swirls – These are the least expense of glass marbles as they are easily mass produced by machines. They are made out of clear glass and have a spiral or swirl in the centre. Not rare and not collectable!