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A Marbler versus a Marble worker in 1850.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  While looking through the census I note a son of my third great grandfather with an odd occupation in 1850.  I am not sure what his son was doing if his job was a "marbler"?  I assume it has something to do with stone cutting.


Answer: Actually a marbler was not a stone cutter or worker of marble.  A Marbler was the name for one who produced the covers and end papers of books and ledgers that had marble swirled appearance.  To book collectors a beautiful marble cover is just as beautiful as a marble statue.  It would be interesting to see if his later occupations continued in the book manufacturing trade.

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