From the type locality area for Wulfenite, this is a very choice, classic Lead secondary specimen. About a dozen distinct octahedrons of Galena are sparkling with hundreds of Cerussite crystals scattered on the faces. The spaces between the Galenas are full of orange to red Wulfenites in a blocky form. One of the great classic mineral localities, important since the early 14th century. In 1556 Agricola described the locality and methods in his famed "De re Metallica" . The mines closed for good in 1993, but left a great legacy of minerals and helped develop many methods in use today. This specimen is in remarkable condition, is far more attractive in person and a fine display quality Galena much better than most seen in collections from here.
Almandine on Schist
Otz Valley, North Tyrol
8.7 x 6.3 x 4.9 CM (cabinet)
A sharp 3.8 CM Garnet is nicely perched on a silver- green Schist from this classic old locality. The Garnet is in excellent condition, is well exposed (and absolutely not "glued on"!). This is an old specimen yet it has not been enhanced as was often done years ago with faces polished or even painted on to add color. This is fully natural and quite esthetic, with no damage or edge wear.
Epidote -classic Austrian
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachal Valley
Hohe Tauern Mts. Salzburg,
3.3 x 2.8 x 1.5 CM (miniature)
A choice small miniature of Knappenwand Epidote crystals perched on a sliver of matrix. Showing brilliant glassy luster, these are translucent with a dark yellow green when backlit but more green-black in normal light. In excellent condition the free standing crystals are just under 2 CM tall. All the crystals are in the classic alignment as they are standing in a tight parallel row. Every few years a few more Epidote are recovered from this most classic Alpine locale. These mountains do not give up these treasures often.
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.
A very old (18th century) Tyrolian Garnet specimen from the Zillertal. This area has been the source of Almandine for centuries, these were sold and traded worldwide. This comes with an early Julias Bohm label and a much older (crumbling) one as well as an affixed one on the specimen back. The matrix is an unusual one, a complex mix with Actinolite, Hematite, Magnetite, Quartz and more unusual, small Galena and other Sulfides. Not the usual mica Schists we typically see from the Tyrol. The main crystal is well exposed and complete 1.5 CM in diameter and has some good translucent areas.
A large specimen from Bleiberg (Type locale) that is mostly Hydrozincite some formed over and with Smithsonite. Very well defined bothroids on a cast of Gossan that has additional layers of Hydrozincite seen on the underside. In fine condition, fluorescent and with some luster. One old label included mentions only the Smithsonite. For what is often an un attractive mineral specie, this is quite attractive and well composed.
Magnesite- large crystals
Kaswassergraben, GrobBreifing, Hieflau
9.1 x 6.8 x 6.5 CM (cabinet)
Worldwide mix summer
Very large to 5.6 CM across Magnesite crystals clustered on a Magnesite matrix from this classic locality. Kaswassergraben is famed for these rare and unusual hexagonal crystals unlike any other locality. This is an excellent example of a rare matrix piece with huge crystals for the locale. The back side is broken from the host rock but the front side main crystals present well with a fine pearly luster and stepped growth faces. I have not seen many of these and this is by far the largest crystal cluster I know of, other large crystals are usually about 2 CM at best.
Almandine -fine crystals on Schist
Granatenkogel North Slope, Gaisberg Valley. Bergurgl, Gurgler Valley, Ot
6.7 x 5 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
An esthetic, old Garnet specimen with crystals to 2.8 CM in impeccable condition. What sets this piece apart is the rich red color and translucency, which is far better than most. Well presented and exposed in a nice composition. As is often the case with these Austrian classics, there has been a thin layer of clear shellac or varnish applied which stabilized the often crumbly Schist matrix and adds a little luster to the garnets. This is now seen as an undesirable tactic but in the 19th century it was common. This can be removed with Acetone if desired but it is historicaly accurate to keep it as well.