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
Levant Mine, Trewellard, St Just,
5.5 x 4.7 x 2.7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
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
A classic, well formed English Fluorite that has a prominent, isolated main crystal that is dominant on this specimen. Chalcopyrite and small Quartz crystals are scattered on the display surface. Strong deep color, in fine condition and vividly fluorescent, ex Hitchings collection. This is a pre 1970 specimen and possibly much older, a classic Weardale piece that displays well.
2.7 x 1.5 x .5 CM (thumbnail)
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.
A very old or "vintage" specimen, previous label notes it to have been collected 1830-40 era. The labels call the associated crystals Mimetite although it looks to me like the larger greener ones are Pyromorphite with some yellow Mimetites as a second generation. This specimen is pictured on Mindat and it is labeled Pyromorphite there. Ex Ben Shumer collection, this is a small but pretty and colorful miniature. Under good magnification it is quite incredible, delicate and the blue Plumbo balls sparkle. Quite three dimensional, a nice classic specimen from this famed locale. Before the great Chinese Plumbogummites were found recently. English pieces (from Roughton Gill and Dry Gill) were the worlds best, prized in top collections all over the world. Despite the beauty of new Chinese pieces these old English specimens are still very special and quite different too. This mine was last worked in 1869, and was one of the worlds most important mineral localities.
Wheal Alfred, Phillack
7.3 x 6.5 x 3 CM (cabinet)
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.
Wheal Edward, Botallack, St. Just
6.8 x 4.1 x 1.3 CM (cabinet)
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.
A dark Galena cube with complex face structures rests on a mix of Ankerite and druzy Quartz. The Ankerite is in two generations the older is translucent the newer is nearly black with inclusions and some faces are iridescent. A cute small cabinet (or large miniature) in perfect, undamaged condition from the historic mines of Nenthead.