A remarkable piece from the legendary classic Manganite locality of Ilfeld, this piece has many fine, large crystals to 3.4 CM in size standing out from the matrix and showing the Manganite form perfectly. Collected from a rediscovered 15th century dump and adit area in 2006, the site is now closed and only a small number of specimens were recovered. A fantastic Psuedomorph, a fine Ilfeld piece and a great bit of mineral history, this is a "black rock" with a lot of class and form!
SOLDTopaz on Quartz
stock #SOLD AC-093
Schneckenstein cliff, (Konigskrone Mine) Kielberg Mt.Klinginthal, Vogtla
5 x 3.5 CM (miniature)
From the type locality for Topaz, this is a classic older piece showing a gemmy terminated prism just over 2 CM in size. This location was profiled in The Minerological Record (2008) and has a long history. This piece is very good with a large size crystal for the locality. There is some damage especially at the base of the prism but it is relatively pristine and shows well the typical form that the location provided the mineral world in the 17th century.
5.8 x 3.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
From an old European collection this is a delicate plate of gossan that is host to many fine, sharp and lustrous crystals of Azurite. In fine condition despite the age (pre war) it is not common to see so much coverage of fine crystals on one piece, and this is easily the best Hungarian Azurite I have seen.
Garnet (Andradite -Topazolite)
Montaju Mine, Traversella, Chiusella Valley, Canavese District, Torino
5.4 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
A bright and well crystalized garnet plate with many translucent dark orange - yellow crystals up to .7 CM covering the surface. In good conditiion overall but with some contacted and damaged crystals as seen in the photos.
Xianghuapu Mine, Linwu, Chenzhou District
6 x 5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Fast becoming a classic, these are glass clear modified cubes ((cubo-octhedral faces) from the 2004-5 finds at Xinghuapu. By naked eye this is damage free, but with magnification some minor chips can be found, this display well with just a sliver of matrix. This find was prolific and so many good pieces were found that the price was far lower than any other locale. It is now recognized as one of the top discoveries ever made and there is much less of this type to be found on the market. This one has the old price on it, this will be worth far more as the supply dries up.
SOLD Fluorite color zoned cubes
stock #SOLD 7AE- 313
Denton Mine, Harris Creek Sub District, Hardin County
5.5 x 4.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A super sharp, lustrous and colorful miniature. that is far better than most from this closed mine that was once one of the greatest Fluorite producers. Like most of this typoe fluorite the backside is contacted where it grew on the matrix, on the display face there is one nearly invisible nick on one corner otherwise the piece is perfect. This has excellent form and color with the main crystal being a much more 3 dimensional cube than usual. A worthy small piece.
A fine locality specimen with a great history as well. This comes with a old Shortmann label with the old address, and stamped on the back "from the 1947 sale at Hotel Lexington, NYC". These sales were done in conjunction with Arthur Montgomery and are often credited as being the first mineral shows in the USA. The Bannock or Bannack city locality was already long finished as a mine by the time of the sale (it was a ghost town). The mines were begun in 1863 and were noted as a source of auriferous Pyrite and Galena. Few specimens of any minerals survive in collections from this important district, and while there are examples of several lead, silver and gold minerals noted, this is the only Vanadinite I can find a record of. It is sizable, distinctive, attractive, well crystalized, undamaged and frankly important as a locality specimen.
SOLD Wulfenite with Cerrusite
stock #SOLD AC-333
Kliener Obir district,Hochobir Mt. (Karawanken Mts.)
5.8 x 3.7 CM (miniature)
Bright orange crystals of Wulfenite are scattered on a druse of Cerrusite crystals with some dolomite. A classic locality showing fine bi- pyramidal form and good color. Of the specimens I have seen from the Karawanken Mts, this one has the best deep orange color. Crystals to 7 MM on this older specimen