Overall view of the hole game ‘court’
On Sunday 22nd we drove to Thuringia to visit Farb Glas Hutte in Lauscha, which was the first glass factory in this area to mass produce marbles. After spending some time looking round and watching the production of glass rods we drove to Eisfeld where we saw the last marble mill that had worked right up until the 1950s. There was a small exhibit with the hammers used for cutting the stone into small cubes, in the 1890s the worker had to produce 8000 per day for which he was paid 3DM.
There was also board with 100 holes in it; this was filled with the finished marbles that were then placed in a small sack. The sacks contained 1000 and was sown up ready for shipment, there was a photo of a sailing ship with a note saying that these small sacks were used as ballast in such ships and so these marbles went all over the world.