An important old piece from the Legro Collection (Pre 1879 although this specimen is likely much older) from Martins Station Virginia. Martin's Station in Lees County
was on the wilderness trail to Boonestown. Specimens from this location date to the frontier era. A least 2 generations of Hemimorphite are presented in botroidal form.
From the one time find in 2007, this is something of a modern classic association. The Shimen Mines have produced many impressive calcites but only this one find of Calcite was coated with sparkling Orpiment crystals. These are now quite hard to find in good quality. This specimen is sharp, well formed, is fully terminated and has no damage on the main display areas (cleaving/ contacts are found on base, lower sides and rear that do not distract from display faces). Far better esthetics than the average. A very good value and destined to appreciate well.
A fine, well crystallized specimen with unusually sharp individual tetrahedrons. Tetrahedrite is not a rare mineral but fine crystals that are this sharp are very uncommon. Crystals reach over 3 CM, most are damage free but some tips do show slight chipping. For such a delicate mineral, this is as close to perfect as such large crystals get. From the well known Bill Pinch collection, this presents well with excellent patina and esthetics.
Galena in oriented, stacked cubes and cubo-octahedral arrangements are decorated with bright Chalcopyrite. An excellent example of the epitaxial structures from this important find of 2008-9. No damage. We strongly feel these will be ranked with some of the great classics in future years, they are esthetic, unique and currently very affordable.
A very nice example of Cumberland pyromorphite with a strong green color. Individual crystals are mostly under 2 mm and form a dense carpet on the matrix. Shows good coverage on both sides. Collected by John Marshall in 1994, his notes state:
"one of the best found there, perhaps indicative of what may still be found deeper"
A fine, very old classic Calamine, showing good color and sharp micro crystals in several vugs in a chert matrix. This is likely a cadmium rich smithsonite (based on the cadmium yellow color- not analyzed) This is a 19th century specimen with far richer color than most other examples.
Bright, gemmy and unusually showy, this is a great rubyjack from the classic Tristate location of Pitcher. No damage. This specimen was obtained from the legendary Chink Enders in 1965. Far better esthetics and brighter color than typical, very rare in this quality.
A very old specimen from Bleistadt, this vuggy matrix holds about half a dozen lustrous Pyros. Similar but slightly darker than Bad Ems color these crystals reach 9mm. From the famous Lechner collection that was sold by Schortmann in the 60's. Classic and very rare, in excellent condition.