A choice historic piece from the classic Berezovoskii, Ekaterinburg an early gold mine and the type locale for Crocoite. See the Mineralogical record 2016 Vol 47 #4 for a fine detailed article. This is clearly a Pyromorphite and also is labeled as having (and looks like) Vanadinite. Vanadinite is not listed as a specie from here, however this may all be Pyromorphite. This was in the Bally Museum, later with Alain Martaud and last in the John Marshall collection. Old labels are included. The specimen is crystallized on every side, in fine condition. Most of the Pyromorphite I have seen from this famed old Gold mine area are mere green smudges, but this is much more substantial.
Crocoite and Vauquelinite -Type Locality
Berezovsk Mine, Ekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, Middle Urals
8.8 x 5.6 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Late Summer 2018
Very rich, fine old classic specimen (with 4 prior labels) that is well crystalized. Excellent color contrast with the bright red Crocoite and green Vauquelinite, This seems to be a late 18th or early 19th century specimen, (what may be a date of 1895 is on one label but it may also be a collection number). The discovery of Crocoite at this locality dates back to 1763 and it has been renamed many times over the years. The style of specimen and the association of good Vauquelinite is typical of the vintage pieces. Ex John Marshall collection, his collection card and a previous label indicate it sold for $12.00 in 1956, a vast sum for any mineral at that time. The August 2016 Mineralogical record article on this locality offer a wealth of information and several other good specimen photos. This specimen is far beyond average quality with only very minor bruising, most crystals are intact and are well exposed on the matrix. Virtually impossible to find this quality now on the market, better in person too.