Marbles can be traced back 5,000 years to the ancient Egyptians, but were probably used more for divination than recreation. Minoan art from 1435 B.C. found on the island of Crete shows kids playing the game with what explorers called maramos, from the Greek word for agate. Over time, the pieces and the game became known as marbles, and today they're mostly made of glass using a German invention called the marbles scissor. In this vintage set you'll receive a canvas bag containing 20 marbles, a "knuckle-down cloth," a wooden scoring bridge and shooter, and detailed instructions for different versions of marble games.