A choice vintage classic specimen. Very rich layered green and blue Smithsonite from the ancient locality of Laviron. Ex Charles Pennypacker (1845-1911) his label has priced this for sale over 100 years ago for 1.00, this was a very expensive specimen offered before 1909. This also has labels from Phil Scalisi and John Marshall collections. The Marshall collection card indicates he traded a specimen and a gold Krugerand (the coin is currently worth over 1700.00) to Scalisi for this piece. Very esthetic and complex surfaces with some adhering red matrix that adds some nice contrast.
Serandite w. Aegirine etc
Mont Saint-Hilaire, Monteregie
5.7 x 4.3 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
Serandite crystals up to 3.2 CM with an unusually intense, rich color. This choice piece has a vivid rose pink that looks close to a Rhodochrosite red and contrasts well with the complex matrix. In excellent undamaged condition, the Serandites also have very bright luster. These are also fully translucent and transparent on thin edges. Serandite was never a common mineral and it turns out that many (perhaps most) Serandites in collections are in fact Schizolite and not Serandite. This is a real confirmed Serandite, with top color and form. Outstanding for the size and quality, The classic locality of Mt. St. Hillaire is THE place for this specie, no place else in the world ever had crystals of this size and quality.
An excellent vintage Copper in Calcite from the famed Philadelphia Academy collection, and retains their original label. This also has labels from Collectors Edge and Carter Rich, and was for a time in the William Hladysz collection. The matrix here is mostly clear Calcite in clusters of crystals more or less aligned. The clear Calcite are colored red-brown by large amounts of included copper easily seen inside the crystals. In several areas the Copper crystals extend outside the Calcite. The main crystal is 1.2 CM and very well formed. In excellent condition, and much better looking in person.
Topaz -rare purple
2 x .9 x .7 CM (thumbnail)
Gemmy thumbnail crystal of imperial Topaz with the very rare pink-purple color. From the classic locality of Ouro Preto which has produced vast amounts of yellow and light orange Topaz over many decades. The purple and pink-purple colors are unique in the world. At Ouro Preto these are very rare and highly sought after, there has not been any new finds of purples in many years. Some similarity is seen with pink Topaz from Katlang, the only other source that ever came close, but the purple color from Ouro Preto is quite different, and treasured as gem rough and especially as specimens. This crystal is fully transparent, complete and lustrous.
Silver -classic thick wire
Kongsberg Silver mining district, Kongsberg
2.5 x 1.5 x 1 CM (thumbnail)
A stout, well formed Silver wire in ramshorn form from Kongsberg. For some reason, Kongsberg Silvers tend to be thicker, rope-like wires of this sort, the form is unlike most other localities. A killer thumbnail that looks fine from any side, ex Mario Pauwels collection. Kongsberg is of course a legendary Silver locality, which started in 1623 and peaked in the 1770 era. Long closed now but this region produced incredible quantities of Silver for centuries. Some huge wires were found long ago as thick as an arm. those are now priceless treasures seen in museums only. This much smaller piece is like a perfect scaled down version of those famed fat ropes of Silver.
Fluorite -classic zoned crystals
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
6.4 x 5.6 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
A super blue to yellow-orange zoned Fluorite with excellent form and outstanding surface modifications. A modern American classic, this is a choice display quality specimen that has a main cube presenting a textbook perfect inset in the largest face. Careful examination will find
a few very small edge rough points, which are almost inevitable. Overall however this is in very choice condition. The backside is the former point of attachment and is contacted there but the front is well developed. With backlighting this really glows. Hard to find good Illinois Fluorite of this color now except at very high prices. A good value for the quality, in person the color is a shade darker and a bit more blue than purple under most lighting.
A superb specimen with exceptional provenance. From the famed Vaux collection this specimen from the original find has a 1897 date on the reverse of the label. Lawsonite is a fairly rare mineral and these are huge crystals for the specie. This old find was also the source of the best Lawsonites ever found, and this specimen is superb, one of the very best. Vaux was a very selective collector
famed for his taste and care in selecting for his personal collection which was one of the best of his era. These Lawsonite crystals have sharp striated faces, choice luster, excellent blue color and reach 2 CM. I have only ever seen one specimen with larger crystals, it was the piece from the Roebling collection at the Smithsonian, but on this Vaux specimen the crystals are more perfect with better color and form. The matrix is mostly Glaucophane, in micaceous form, the whole specimen displays very well. Original handwritten Vaux label included which also notes this piece is 64.6 grams. An important piece, this is a true classic.
A killer classic form of a "drill bit" twin crystal of Cinnabar stands out well on the Dolomite and Quartz matrix. In great condition, no damage and with bright luster, this glows a ruby red when backlit. The photos here do not have backlighting so the look is a bit darker but shows the twin form clearly. The Tongren Mine was a great locality for many years but is no longer producing. This piece is far better than average with a much larger than average crystal and very choice esthetics. At one time before China was opened for export of minerals a top Cinnabar like this was nearly impossible to obtain and close to priceless, being only available from museum collections. One of the great prizes in the mineral world, these are by far the best Cinnabars ever found and this is a super example.