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15 specimens listed
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Balydonite -classic locale
stock #0040-JM-135
Penberthy Croft Mine, St. Hillary
Cornwall, England
8 x 6.7 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $750
Spring 2020

A colorful and attractive very old Balydonite specimen from Cornwall with rich density. Ex Lechner collection (Austria) a mid to late 19th century collection that had also absorbed several earlier collections. The collection was dispursed in 1940-50 era. In 1969 sold to John Marshall via Schortmanns. This specimen is well over 100 years old, perhaps much older. The original label does not specify the mine but with the Lechner collection number (7132-13-23) it can be confirmed that this is in a sequence from the famed Penberthy Croft, and the habit etc is a perfect match for this location, which is also the type locality. The mine closed in 1840. There are several other species present that are not identified but what appears to be an area of Cornubite is noted as is some areas where the Balydonite has partly covered by a bluish-white mineral. Overall a choice classic example that has several possible display angles. Labels from Schortmann and Marshall are included.
Torbernite - Classic Cornwall locale, large crystals
stock #0236-JM-2880
Old Gunnislake Mine, Callington District
Cornwall, England
7.7 x 6.2 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $650
Spring 2020

A fine old Cornish specimen with a large spray of Torbernite (4 CM across) nicely perched on matrix. Great history with previous owners Hugh Ford, J. Cilen, Larry Conklin and John H. Marshall collections. This was advertised for sale by Larry Conklin for 250.00 fourty years ago. The specimen is certainly older than these collections (the Ford Label can be dated between 1946-1957). This mine dates back to the 1500 era as a copper mine later worked for Tungsten. Many other species were found there in later years including a few fine Torbernites many of the best can be seen in the British Museum. This piece is quite choice.
Bornite pseudo after Chalcocite
stock #14.1-211
Levant Mine, Trewellard, St Just,
Cornwall, England
5.5 x 4.7 x 2.7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $650
Spring 2020

Very fine classic specimen, ex George Robinson collection with sharp, free standing crystals. This specimen is currently pictured on Mindat it is the first specimen in the St Just Bornite section. The shape of the original Chalcocite shows some cyclic twins that are perfectly preserved. Some of the crystals may still have some Chalcocite inside. The exterior shows the patina of Bornite and is quite attractive. In fine condition as seen a choice old classic piece
Torbernite
stock #15.1-453

Cornwall, England
2.7 x 1.5 x .5 CM (thumbnail)
price: $80


A crystalized thumbnail of Cornish Torbernite with a bright apple-green color. Ex Dr T.B. Wilson collection, we do not have a mine attribution for this piece although it looks like a great match to Old Gunnislake Mine, but that is not documented. There are many Torbernite locales listed in Cornwall, most have crude plates or scattered crystals, relatively few have rosettes and dense clusters. A colorful English piece that is reasonable in cost yet choice.
Pyromorphite
stock #0692-JM-2595
Wheal Alfred, Phillack
Cornwall, England
7.3 x 6.5 x 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $120


Cornish Pyromorphite from the prolific Wheal Alfred. Ex John Marshall and Douglas Creba with labels. Tiny grass green crystals on several sides of a blocky matrix. Wheal Alfred long ago produced a few very fine, world class Pyros which today are prized and very expensive when available. This is frankly not in that league but it is better than average, looks great magnified and a nice locality piece with good coverage.
Connellite
stock #AX-10-806
Wheal Edward, Botallack, St. Just
Cornwall, England
6.8 x 4.1 x 1.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $250
Spring 2019

Rich, brilliant blue masses of Connellite richly covers a double sided matrix plate. Classic Cornish material, this rather rare Copper mineral is usually seen in specks and areas measured in millimeters, not dense multi centimeter masses. A lighter blue area of Langite is present also, but far more of this is Connellite. From the Ruth and Andy Palmer systematic collection, this are mostly massive, with colorful crusts but strong magnification shows very tiny crystals in a few area. Bright and impressive for this uncommon Copper specie.
Galena Pseudo after Pyromorphite -Classic locale
stock #0241-JM-331A
Wheal Hope, Perranzabuloe, St. Agnes District
Cornwall, England
2.8 x 2.3 x 1.5 CM (thumbnail)
price: $330
Worldwide mix summer

Classic Cornish thumbnail specimen of the very desirable Galena after Pyromorphite crystals from Wheal Hope. Small but distinct crystals of Pyromorphite have full changed to Galena but the form remains. Ex John Marshall collection, obtained by him before 1970. These Pseudomorphs are only known from a few spots in the world and all seem to have been found over a century ago. These are especially uncommon from Cornwall, and while to many people are just black and ugly, they are a prize to those who understand these things!
Pharmacosiderite- very old classic
stock #18.1-201
St Day United Mines, St Day, Gwennap CP
Cornwall, England
4.5 x 3.2 x 2.7 CM (miniature)
price: $350
Spring update

A fine vintage specimen of crystallized Pharmacosiderite, a rather rare specie and a Cornish classic. The label on this specimen dates to pre 1870 when the Mines were absorbed and names changed. The crystals are as always best seen with magnification (or great eyesight!) they are very sharp and distinct, rich green, lustrous, glassy cubic and transparent to translucent. A very elegant small piece with a Frieburg collection label that adds a nice provenance.
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