San Francisco Mine, Cucurpe
6.8 x 5.9 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
An old Mimetite specimen from the famed San Francisco mine that is better known for exceptional Wulfenites. The crystals on this specimen are unusual in that they are elongated, standing hexagons that look more like a yellow Pyromorphite than the usual orange Mimetite balls. Overall in fine condition, examination by loupe finds very few tiny bruises mostly at the edges. Overall this is a a very well defined and esthetic Mimetite with what seems to be two different generations. The matrix is a solid and substantial "non crumbly" type unlike the matrix of most Wulfenites from here. This piece has Mimetite crystals on all sides the color ranges from greenish brown to mustard yellow, quite different from the orange Mimetite balls more often seen from this mine.
Chalcopyrite on Calcite
Concepcion del Oro
9.7 x 7.4 x 6.4 CM (cabinet)
A large scalenohedral Calcite crystal is encrusted with Chalcopyrite crystals many of which are dusted with sparkling drusy Quartz. The Chalcopyrite is mostly coated with dark Bornite patina which makes a strong contrast as well. Aside from a few very small bruises the Chalcopyrite is in fine condition, has classic good form and overall is a very esthetic example from this famed locale. Ex Charles M Noll collection, I have never seen a better example from Concepcion del Oro, and this is a super esthetic Chalcopyrite from anyplace.
Nakhlak Mine, Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak Dist., Nain Co.
Esfahan (Ishfahan) Province,
4.3 x 3.9 x 3.7 CM (miniature)
Interconnected reticulated twins of smokey color Cerussite showing fine classic form. The crystal twins are all in perfect parallel position and aligned in stacks showing the geometric precision of a snowflake. The Nakhlak Mine had a major find of Cerussites about 2 years ago, the better pieces showed this quality of form and condition. This is more or less a floater, complete on all sides, no real points of attachment. From many angles this is quite perfect, undamaged but on close inspection the backside and edge have some very minor contacts/chips best seen with magnification. Given how delicate the mineral is this is incredible. Until this find any Cerussite of this quality would be far more costly, easily in the 1-2K range, but enough were found that these are now very reasonable in costs while they last.
13.7 x 2.5 x 1.9 CM (cabinet)
A large, quite old German Hematite of the type we call "pencil ore" but are also called "swords" . This has the original label from the Philadelphia Acadamy collection with notation of the donor, John Hartman (1840-1910). We know that Hartman made bequests to the Acadamy between 1879 to 1905. Three older affixed collection numbers are on the specimen as well, so it is certainly much older than that. It is likely there was some confusion regarding the locality as it is listed as Glaskopf, Saxony, probably being copied from a small nearly illegible label on the specimen. At one time the word Glaskopf referred to a form or habit of Goethite and Hematite and not a locality that we know of. Regardless of that detail, this is a nice and sizable example of an early German Hematite with classic form, color and provenance.