A choice old Harz Mountains pink Apophyllite ex Erastus Corning (1794-1872) and Cornell University collections. Corning specimens are quite rare in themselves, he was an important politician, industrialist and the city of Corning is named for him. His interests were broad and included a small but fine mineral collection. Likely a pre 1865 specimen, very glassy with fine color and in remarkably fine condition despite the age of this piece. Fine old pink Apophyllites from St. Andreasburg are one of the most desirable 19th Century classic from western Europe. Excellent value for the size quality and provenance
A choice Almaden Spanish Cinnabar with great provenance as well. See the excellent Mineralogical Record article on the locale for in depth background. Vintage specimens of this quality are almost never available, this one is rich red, sizable and with old labels including Alvin Schortmann and John Marshall collections. The Shortmann label tells he had this prior to 1939, though this is likely far older. Johns collection card reads "Group of fine sharp xls in center of matrix. The British museum specimen on display is nowhere near as good as this piece." John wrote that in 1991 when he obtained the specimen. A label from Joe Vajdek reads " Very rare, Irreplaceable classic".
The display area also has a number of tiny Calcites scattered on the Cinnabar, which is in several forms and habits. Some micro chipping exists as it does on practically all pieces but his is not noticable without magnification, and is equal to or better than many well known, published pieces. Before the availability of Chinese Cinnabars these were prized as the best specimens in the world.
North Vernon, Jennings County
4 x 2.5 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
An amber to cognac color Calcite perched on smaller crystals. Excellent transparency and form, this area of Indiana has a very distinctive habit to the Calcites that were found here in past years. The faces have a glassy yet melted look some are slightly rounded while others are perfectly flat. Close to perfect but a few tiny edge rubs are noted, though not easily found with naked eye, the display presentation is excellent.
Super clear, a transparent purple cube with flat proportions and edge bevels. Very attractive and lustrous, the condition is very fine, there are old contacts on some edges and faces as seen that have fully recrystallized and show fine stepped etching, there is no chipping or normal damage. A choice and richly colored single crystal fro the Llamas Quarry, this is an excellent very gemmy example.
Exceptionally lustrous and choice specimen of Cassiterite crystals clustered with light blue Beryl (Aquamarine) and set off by well crystalized Muscovite. Ex Shields Flynn collection, this is an older Mt. Xuebaoding specimen that is unlike any of the later finds and is especially esthetic in person. In excellent condition as seen, the display face is in perfect condition the only damage is on the outside edges where this was removed. The bright glassy luster of the Cassiterites is hard to capture in photos it is really brilliant in person.
A perfect complete octahedron of the classic Chessy, French Cuprite form pseudomorphed into Malachite. This is the most iconic habit of this famed locale, and this specimen has the very distinctive hoppered faces that are so unique on these old specimens. No damage and all sides display well, this is a 360 degree piece. An excellent thumbnail with wonderful form.
An elegant, very well crystallized Strontianite from the classic locale of Oberdorf. This cluster is a floater- it is crystallized on all sides and shows two differnt habits probably formed in two generations. The individual crystals reach almost 3 CM and the condition is impeccable, with no damage to be seen. Displays very well from almost any angle, each side is very presentable. The recent detailed Mineralogical record article gives an excellent view of this remarkable deposit and the great Strontianites there. Excellent value for a choice display quality classic specimen.
Bright green rounded crystals of Smithsonite are clustered on botryoidal mounds over the face of this matrix. Wet luster and fine form with a distinctive hue, a choice older 79 Mine Specimen. This has zones of accicular Aurichalcite crystals and Calcite that add contrast and interest. In excellent condition and a very colorful Arizona Smithsonite. Even better in person.