A super choice thumbnail (just barely fits the specs) with fine form, color and luster. From Newry, the Rose Quartz is in ball like clusters and seems to have formed on an earlier colorless Quartz druse. Looks fine from several angles, the condition is excellent, undamaged. While massive Rose Quartz is rather common, it is surprising how few good crystalized R Q specimens are found worldwide, most finds seem to be very small.
An important and choice Almandine on pegmatite matrix from the 1974 Dagenais Pocket (named for Rene Dagenais). This specimen was in the collection of John Marshall who was at that time one of the owners of the locality. According to John it was the best Garnet he had seen from Mt Mica. The specimen retains his painted on label and collection number M-19. The Almandine is mostly complete with dark red higlights. There is an area of damage on the backside but the front is clean and presents well. Garnet is rather common at the famed Mt Mica, but any well formed crystals are especially rare. A significant specimen from a famed pocket and important for the locality.
stock #SOLD 15.1-152
Waisanen Quarry, Greenwood, Oxford County
2 x 1.6 x 1.4 CM (thumbnail)
A thumbnail cluster of Hydroxylherderite crystals up to 1.6 CM in size. This specimen was collected in the mid sixties by Les Hitchings. The Waisanen Quarry is part of the legendary Oxford County, Maine pegmatite zone and is well known to local collectors but less so farther afield. The quarry has yielded some many rare minerals, many Phosphates and and occasional gem crystal but is best known for the Herderites. A nice thumbnail, these are not often available.
Super thumbnail of gem Tourmailne with the steep termination from the world famed Dunton pocket at Newry. A classic US Elbaite with sharp form, bright luster and 100 percent gemmy clear. A small Quartz crystal adds a nice accent, the crystal is also dichroic and damage free. One of the most significant tourmaline discoveries of all time, the Dunton Quarry pocket is legendary. The steep terminations on some green crystals like this were unusually distinctive. These have become quite scare in this quality.
Well formed bi-colored green Tourmaline exposed on matrix from THE classic US locale for Elbaites, Mt. Mica. Collected in the sixties by Les Hitchings, the large Elbaite is in perfect condition. The Matrix is a typical mix of Quartz crystals with Cooketite and feldspar with several partial Elbaites and one small Tourmaline is still fully encased in the Cookeite and could be exposed if so desired. Since 1821 this locality has been the most famed US Gem pegmatite.
A big and very showy 1950 vintage Rose Quartz crystal cluster from Plumbago Mt. Newry, Maine. Several rosettes of Eosphorite and an unidentified specie are also present. Excellent condition, with deep color and in dense esthetic aggregates. From the late Les Hitchings collection, this quality and size are very rare.
An old, somewhat crude cluster of small colorless and larger purple Apatite crystals. The biggest Apatite is 1.8 CM across which is the largest I know of for the locale. From the Mount Rubellite Quarries an old but less famous Maine location for Apatites. Some chipping, crude edges and contacts are noted but the color, huge crystal size and low price help compensate for imperfections.
Attractive and with an unusual esthetic, this is a densely packed matrix of lilac color Apatite. An older specimen from the classic Harvard Quarry in Maine, The druzy Quartz matrix hosts hundreds of small but perfect Apatites most being doubly terminated. In perfect condition and showing well the paragenesis of this locale, this was in the collection of the late Larry White. Two older labels give the locality as Mt Apatite (a more famous locale often incorrectly cited) but those labels are not correct, it is confirmed by Dr. Carl Francis and others as absolutely a classic Harvard piece. Choice and very rare in such fine quality.