A choice old Harz Mountains pink Apophyllite ex Erastus Corning (1794-1872) and Cornell University collections. Corning specimens are quite rare in themselves, he was an important politician, industrialist and the city of Corning is named for him. His interests were broad and included a small but fine mineral collection. Likely a pre 1865 specimen, very glassy with fine color and in remarkably fine condition despite the age of this piece. Fine old pink Apophyllites from St. Andreasburg are one of the most desirable 19th Century classic from western Europe. Excellent value for the size quality and provenance
A choice Almaden Spanish Cinnabar with great provenance as well. See the excellent Mineralogical Record article on the locale for in depth background. Vintage specimens of this quality are almost never available, this one is rich red, sizable and with old labels including Alvin Schortmann and John Marshall collections. The Shortmann label tells he had this prior to 1939, though this is likely far older. Johns collection card reads "Group of fine sharp xls in center of matrix. The British museum specimen on display is nowhere near as good as this piece." John wrote that in 1991 when he obtained the specimen. A label from Joe Vajdek reads " Very rare, Irreplaceable classic".
The display area also has a number of tiny Calcites scattered on the Cinnabar, which is in several forms and habits. Some micro chipping exists as it does on practically all pieces but his is not noticable without magnification, and is equal to or better than many well known, published pieces. Before the availability of Chinese Cinnabars these were prized as the best specimens in the world.
North Vernon, Jennings County
4 x 2.5 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
An amber to cognac color Calcite perched on smaller crystals. Excellent transparency and form, this area of Indiana has a very distinctive habit to the Calcites that were found here in past years. The faces have a glassy yet melted look some are slightly rounded while others are perfectly flat. Close to perfect but a few tiny edge rubs are noted, though not easily found with naked eye, the display presentation is excellent.
Outstanding form and patina with excellent iridescent hues on this Tongshankou Chalcocite. This discovery from 2013 was big news in the mineral world, the Chalcocites were unbelievable, unlike any found before. The supply has long ago dried up and these have become scarce and very desirable. This is an excellent, colorful example in perfect condition. Chalcocite is a fairly common, important Copper ore but almost never seen as anything but massive deposits. Good crystals are rare and much prized and these rounded tree-like growths are really only known from this one very unusual find. Choice.
Super clear, a transparent purple cube with flat proportions and edge bevels. Very attractive and lustrous, the condition is very fine, there are old contacts on some edges and faces as seen that have fully recrystallized and show fine stepped etching, there is no chipping or normal damage. A choice and richly colored single crystal fro the Llamas Quarry, this is an excellent very gemmy example.
A choice, lustrous single prismatic Epidote crystal from the famed Vaux collection, #5961. Good thumbnails like this are rare from that era and this is in excellent condition, very clean and complete all around. The label dates this to March 1892 when it was acquired. The habit is not the elongated type usually associated with Untersalzbach but a thick, stout crystal with pronounced striations.
Kerr McGee Mine,Calesbad Potash District, Eddy County
3.2 x 2.2 x 1.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A royal blue Halite cube is nicely perched on contrasting matrix. In undamaged condition this is a very attractive large thumbnail (toenail) from the now famous finds near Carlsbad New Mexico. The cube is transparent and has some distinct color zoning in person. The cube shows very well the "melted" surface texture.
A perfect complete octahedron of the classic Chessy, French Cuprite form pseudomorphed into Malachite. This is the most iconic habit of this famed locale, and this specimen has the very distinctive hoppered faces that are so unique on these old specimens. No damage and all sides display well, this is a 360 degree piece. An excellent thumbnail with wonderful form.