Kelly Mine, Magdalena
5.6 x 5.3 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Kelly Mine Smithsonite with the most desirable wet look luster and good blue color. Ex Hitchings collection this is in fine condition a few of the outer edges show where this was removed but all the display surface is perfect clean and undamaged. A few areas of the white mottling are present which adds a nice contrast. This is a pre 1970 specimen. These have become American classics and there is no other Smithsonite worldwide that has just this look, color and luster.
Daybreak Mine, Spokane County
5.5 x 4.2 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
A fully crystallized plate of Autunite from the old sixties vintage finds at the Daybreak Mine. Now considered American classics, this piece has been stabilized to keep it from crumbling as many did. As the Autunite looses water in dry air they tended to alter to Meta Autunite and fall apart. Vivid fluorescence as was typical for these, this specimen came from the Les Hitchings collection, obtained in 1970. Good color and form in excellent condition.
Sphalerite on Quartz
Clinton, Onieda County
3.5 x 2.7 x 2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A bright lustrous Sphalerite crystal perched above a sparkling Quartz matrix. From an important 1987 find in Clinton, NY. this is an excellent clean example. The Sphalerite shows the complex form that is typical with multiple twinning and is translucent, light passing through gives a rich yellow to rootbeer color. Can be trimmed to a thumbnail if desired. A modern classic from the Northeastern USA not often available.
A neat miniature hosting a fine Dauphine twin Quartz that has gem clear transparency. A New England classic, these are often compared with the well-known Colorado specimens but are quite different in person. the matrix is well crystallized Amazonite, with the blue green color most desirable from New Hampshire. Ex Ernie Schlichter collection, this was collected by him in the heyday of the Government pit digging. The luster is excellent and glassy on the Quartz and a pleasant matte finish on the Feldspars making a nice contrast.
These are from an old stash and are not at all common on the market
Calcite- gemmy, twinned
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
5.4 x 5 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
Ultra clear, a pair of transparent crystals of twinned Scalenohedral Calcite from the great Elmwood mine. The faces are glassy and the termination tips show a slight hint of a cognac color otherwise these are perfectly colorless. The twinning is both a rotational and interpenetrated type, which is very easy to see in person. Just a hint of matrix is present, mostly on the backside of one crystal. The condition is fine and the terminations are uncleaved, A contact on the back, lower edge is noted but no damage. Now that the Elmwood is closed probably forever, good, clean Calcites of the quality are becoming quite uncommon and prized.
Super well composed, a rare classic Northeastern USA specimen collected by the late Ernie Schlichter decades ago. All the Smokey quartz is in perfect parallel=position and very lustrous, being fully translucent to transparent. The Feldspars are a fine "baby blue- green" hue which has always been the most desirable but also the most uncommon from Moat Mt. The specimen seen from the front is in fine shape but the back is contacted and a single small chip is on a the side of the largest Quartz, not seen from the logical display angles. Far better in person there were only a few pockets found with this quality and this was kept by Ernie for his collection. The specimen is sawn on the base from when it was collected, as a result it sits at a perfect display angle. Choice and a quality not seen on the market..
A main gem clear Tremolite prismatic crystal sticks straight up from a complex mix of Tremolite, Diopside and Calcite crystals. From the classic locality of Pierrepont in St Lawrence County, New York, this was found a few decades ago by the late Skylar Alverson, a legendary collector in the area. In excellent condition the main crystal is well terminated and has a pleasing blue-green color. The matrix is sawn on the back and bottom to allow it to be collected intact, the cut marks are not visible on display. A very fine example of the specie and is typical of a choice specimen from the famed Skarn gash veins of the region.
Topaz on Rhyolite (classic / historic)
Topaz Mountain, Thomas Range, Juab County
3.3 x 3.2 x 2.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Collected by the famed Ed Over in 1932, later in the George White collection, then sold by Kristalle to John Marshall in 2003 (his card and labels are included). A cute, gemmy sherry colored crystal with nice contrast to the matrix. A small rough area is noted where there has been a contact but otherwise a fine small piece with an antique turned wooden stand included (not seen in the photos). A choice piece of US mineralogical history.