SOLD Astrophyllite- rare Northeastern USA
stock #SOLD 20.1-166
Hurricane Mountain, North Conway, Carroll County
3.7 x 1.6 x .5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A remarkable cluster of Astrophyllite crystals that at some angles looks almost like Brookite mass. No matrix and with a good brassy iridescent luster, this is the best example I have ever seen from the Northeastern USA, and very fine from anyplace. Collected by Les Hitchings sometime in the 60's on Hurricane Mountain, this is very unlike typical specimens that are more micacous or fibrous and lay flat on encasing matrix. Some references list Astropyllite as a "very rare" Potassium, Iron, Titanium Silicate mineral, but in recent years there have been many specimens from the Khibiny Massif coming out, so this is no longer such a rare specie. However, well defined crystals are still rare and this is a very choice example. The ends have some bruises or contacts but overall this is fantastic for a USA specimen.
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
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..
HOLD Cordierite - classic locale
stock #HOLD 8.1-293
Richmond Soapstone Quarry, Cheshire County
6.2 x 4.2 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
Worldwide mix summer
A classic Northeastern US Cordierite crystal on matrix 4.2 CM tall. The termination is the usual flat top habit but with some edge modifications. Far better than most of these, the crystal is well defined somewhat sharp and unusually distinct but also clearly a bit crude as are these old Cordierites. . Nice mahogany brown color, good size and waxy luster on all the faces. Choice yet affordable example not often available in this quality.
Lustrous oil-green prisms are well presented on the contrasting Actinolite. From a less well known Northeastern US locality (the Ore Hill mine, Warren, NH) Ex Bob Whitmore collection, the condition is excellent.Choice piece from an uncommon locale.
Fluorite- Zoned crystals on Quartz
Redstone Quarry, Conway, Carroll County
8.1 x 7.4 x 4.4 CM (cabinet)
pre Tucson 2015 update
A classic old find from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, these rare "pocket" Fluorites are by far the most esthetic of these we have seen. 1960's vintage, this specimen is well formed and has exceptional 3 dimensional presentation. The Fluorites reach 3.5 CM across and have fine and classic zoning with frosted faces that makes this locality distinctive. Aside from the famed Wise mine in southwestern New Hampshire this defunct quarry is the next best New England Fluorite locale and this is perhaps the best example.
Brazilianite (older USA specimen)
GE Smith Mine (Chandler's Mills) Newport, Sullivan County
5.8 x 3.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Brazilianite crystals of any size from outside Brazil are rare. This New Hampshire USA specimen has a main crystal prism 1.3 CM across and many smaller in a cluster that is about 3.2 CM across. For a non Brazilian piece this is darned good speciemn of this unusual phosphate. Collected in the late 60's these are not seen very often anymore.