Pyromorphite -unusual botryoidal form
Manhan (loudville) lead Mine, Southampton, Hampshire County
5.9 x 3.5 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
A very unusual and oddly attractive old Pyromorphite specimen from the Manhan Lead mine in Massachusetts which is the oldest Lead mine in North America (1679). The matrix is covered on one face with an olive green botryoidal surface of layered Pyro. Ex. John Marshall collection, I have seen this habit a few times before but it is rare at this locality which usually has small bright green to brown crystals. This habit does not even look like a Pyromorphite, but close exam and strong magnification show it is indeed. This specimen is by far the best of this sort I know of, esthetic and in very fine condition,
Ludlamite with Vivianite
Blackbird Mine, Lemhi County
6.3 x 4.3 x 1.7 CM (cabinet)
The Blackbird mine was a small Cobalt operation that in the 1950-1960s occasionally produced well crystallized Ludlamites. Sometimes with Vivianites, these were by far best of the specie found in the US, and some can be compared to good Bolivian material. This is a good small cabinet with both species in well developed crystals. Very hard to find anything larger than a thumbnail now, this is an early 1960 vintage piece ex Charles Noll collection.
Witherite - fine US classic
stock #15.1-1060 CN-2017
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
8.8 x 6.7 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
An excellent old time USA Witherite with great form from the Minerva #1 mine. Classic early 1960s vintage. Ex Dufoe and Noll collections, with fat barrel shape crystals showing well stepped striations on the edges. This specimen also has a good light yellow-orange color and is much more attractive than the more usual plain white. Alston Moor in England and the Minerva mine, (all long closed) produced all of the fine Witherites ever found. Fine pieces like this are now only available from older collections and getting very scarce. This is an especially choice piece, has great wet look luster and displays great from several angles.
A sweet miniature antique Bisbee specimen. Well formed crystals to 2.3 CM on both sides of a matrix plate showing perfectly the form of the original Azurite prisms. These Malachites have a nice velvet texture and are in perfect condition. This was part of a small stash found in 2015 in an estate sale at an Arizona miners home, wrapped in 1920 era newspapers. The family of the miner confirmed he worked in the Sacremento shaft of Bisbee and the habit matches perfectly with other specimens of that vintage.
Chain-like stack of arborescent and spinel twin crystals from New Mexico. Ex collections of Buck Keller and William Hladysz, this has just a hint of matrix adhering, but is mostly a sculptural tower of Copper. No damage and with a nice patina, this is an older piece that predates the Chino mine find that became famous in 2001. This piece almost certainly came from the Chino mine zone too, but that is not recorded on the previous label and we do not like to attribute without certainty. The Chino is a huge pit that has now encompassed other smaller mines, so many details of locality have gotten lost over time. A very nice copper from anyplace.
Epidote on Quartz
Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Prince of Wales Island
4.6 x 2.6 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
A choice tabular habit Epidote from the legendary finds at Green Monster Mountain in Alaska, USA. The Epidote is a complete textbook form crystal and quite lustrous. Deep green to brownish yellow hues nicely contrast with the clear colorless Quartz so the specimen stands out well. A fine specimen from the short list of great classic US locales.
Millerite- fine hairs in Quartz Geode
Halls Gap, Lincoln County
3.7 x 2.9 x 2.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Fine golden hairs of Millerite are thickly clustered in a Quartz geode or vug. The classic USA locality at Halls gap is one of the few significant sources of Millerite that still are occasionally found. Very few vugs have any hairs at all, this density is quite rare and in excellent condition. Far better than usual especially for the size.
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts, La Paz County
3.3 x 3.2 x 3.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A nice pretty small miniature Red Cloud Wulfenite matrix with a free standing main crystal that is a deep red-orange. The standing crystal is damage free, this is an esthetic small piece that could be trimmed to fine thumbnail if wanted. From a small scale mining attempt in 2017. The matrix is not the crumbly sort and has many small Calcite crystals scattered as well.