A native Silver crystal tree with contrasting white Calcite scattered on the branches. Classic specimen from the famed White Pine Mine of Michigan. The crystals are typically crude but distinct enough to see the basic forms well. No damage and displays well, a choice miniature with character.
Silver with Calcite
Batopilas, Andres del Rio District
4 x 3.1 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
A very delicate cluster of wires, herringbone crystals and tiny spinel twins of native Silver. From the now classic locale of Batopilas, this has several small bits of adhering Calcite much like ornaments on tree branches. Due to the fragility of this piece it is best to make a by hand delivery or we will ship in soap powder, insured. Ex Larry White collection.
A single stout wire of native Silver showing the ropey textures that are typical of Kongsberg wires. Very nice patina and with some extra delicate offshoots, the thickest part of the wire is about 5mm. An attractive classic Kongsberg Silver.
Silver - Fine native crystals in
New Nevada Mine, Cerro San Antonio, Batopilas
6.2 x 3.7 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
An extraordinary fine small cabinet specimen with exceptional form from Batopilas. For esthetics and delicacy of crystals, there is no other location like the Batopilas area of Mexico. This piece is very far above average and is in perfect condition. Individual leafy crystals over 3.3 CM tall show many sharp, fine treelike side growths in many habits. Far better in person and offering lots of display impact this is a choice modern classic.
Silver crystals on Copper crystals
Osceola Mine, Osceola, Houghton County
4.9 x 2.7 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
pre Tucson 2015 update
An odd yet quite attractive specimen which is very well crystallized. The matrix is mostly all copper, some of it is crystallized with flattened octahedra and some standing fingers of crystals. The main event is the Silver that is crystallized in twisting fingers and branches contrasting to the copper. A little Malachite and a blue mineral (Chalcanthite?) are visible too. The blue could be cleaned off but it adds interest as is in my opinion. The condition is perfect, the esthetics are distinctive and not typical.
A pure, fully crystallized mass of branching, leaf-like silver from the famous White Pine mine. Classic material ex Larry White Collection, in perfect condition, with great form and mottled patina. A fine Copper country piece!
A very delicate and elegantly crystallized silver with exceptional for for the locality. From the Kearsarge lode this is not typical at all and is a remarkably well prepped and presented tree of fine spinel law crystals and feathery branches. ex Larry White collection, a fine old time piece!
A sizable and very rich specimen of crystallized Silver that contrast well with the dark matrix. Old classic material Ex. Wein Collection (Stuttgart) and John Marshall Collection. Shows several forms of silver including several good herringbone clusters to 2.4 CM long.