Pyromorphite -unusual botryoidal form
Manhan (loudville) lead Mine, Southampton, Hampshire County
5.9 x 3.5 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
A very unusual and oddly attractive old Pyromorphite specimen from the Manhan Lead mine in Massachusetts which is the oldest Lead mine in North America (1679). The matrix is covered on one face with an olive green botryoidal surface of layered Pyro. Ex. John Marshall collection, I have seen this habit a few times before but it is rare at this locality which usually has small bright green to brown crystals. This habit does not even look like a Pyromorphite, but close exam and strong magnification show it is indeed. This specimen is by far the best of this sort I know of, esthetic and in very fine condition,
Stribro (Mies), Pizen Region
5.8 x 3.9 2.7 CM (cabinet)
A somewhat "normal" type of Pyromorphite from Stribro Mies. The Calcium rich Pyromorphites from Stribro were at one time proposed as a unique mineral specie "Miesite", but is simply a variety. This vintage specimen has a chain of labels calling this Miesite but it does not have the usual look with brown balls. This is a more normal type Pyro with two generations of greenish to yellow-brown crystals on gossan matrix. A nice old piece ex University of Pennslyvania, Crawford and Noll collections. Crystals to 5mm but most are smaller, in reasonably good condition especially considering the age and delicate nature of the piece.
Ludlamite with Vivianite
Blackbird Mine, Lemhi County
6.3 x 4.3 x 1.7 CM (cabinet)
The Blackbird mine was a small Cobalt operation that in the 1950-1960s occasionally produced well crystallized Ludlamites. Sometimes with Vivianites, these were by far best of the specie found in the US, and some can be compared to good Bolivian material. This is a good small cabinet with both species in well developed crystals. Very hard to find anything larger than a thumbnail now, this is an early 1960 vintage piece ex Charles Noll collection.
A sweet miniature antique Bisbee specimen. Well formed crystals to 2.3 CM on both sides of a matrix plate showing perfectly the form of the original Azurite prisms. These Malachites have a nice velvet texture and are in perfect condition. This was part of a small stash found in 2015 in an estate sale at an Arizona miners home, wrapped in 1920 era newspapers. The family of the miner confirmed he worked in the Sacremento shaft of Bisbee and the habit matches perfectly with other specimens of that vintage.
Two generations of Quartz with the later growth of Amethyst being unusual bent scepters. Excellent color and in fine condition the contrast with the white Quartz is excellent and the purple is nicely zoned, intense and lustrous. From the remarkable Amethyst discoveries in Karur, this has an especially delicate and eyecatching appeal but the real uniqueness is the unusual scepter form.
Chain-like stack of arborescent and spinel twin crystals from New Mexico. Ex collections of Buck Keller and William Hladysz, this has just a hint of matrix adhering, but is mostly a sculptural tower of Copper. No damage and with a nice patina, this is an older piece that predates the Chino mine find that became famous in 2001. This piece almost certainly came from the Chino mine zone too, but that is not recorded on the previous label and we do not like to attribute without certainty. The Chino is a huge pit that has now encompassed other smaller mines, so many details of locality have gotten lost over time. A very nice copper from anyplace.
Serandite w. Aegerine etc
Mont Saint-Hilaire, Monteregie
3.6 x 1 x .8 CM (miniature)
A fine single prism of orange- pink Serandite crystal that presents an elongated blocky prismatic form. In exceptional undamaged condition this was collected more than 35 years ago. Recently it has been determined that some of the Serandites from St Hillaire are in fact Schizolite a misidentification that applies to many recent pieces. This piece is not one of those but is a real Serandite.
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas,
6 x 3.8 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
Sharp, gem clear and in perfect condition, a fine distorted Quartz cluster showing a distinct faden line or string inclusion. This is a cluster of three main Quartz prisms, each of which has a different habit, yet all have faden strings. The main prism is nicely perched and is the focal point, displays well from any angle and has an unusual tabular form. In excellent condition there are no chips or bruises visible by naked eye, 20X magnification inspection finds only incredibly small rough spots, this is essentially perfect. This find in Waziristan was big news in the mineral world, superb, world class and prolific. The large quantities found have kept the cost of a fine piece very reasonable. This specimen is far better than average, better in person.