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SOLD Calcite var. Papierspath - Alpine classic with Chlorite
Goscheneralp, Goschenen Valey
Uri, Switzerland
7.8 x 5.3 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Pre Tucson

An old and remarkable specimen of paper thin Calcite crystals held on a slender Chlorite matrix. The crystals are super delicate, translucent to transparent, inter-grown and have fine distinctive striations. Crystals of 4 plus CM are all on edge standing on a thin 2-3 mm thick matrix of Chlorite crystals. The name Papierspath was in use in the early 1800 era and is more or less an obsolete name today except when on classic old pieces like this. This is a Swiss specimen, the name is more often seen on old French Calcites, it is very rare to see on the market from any locality but especially from Gosheneralp. Some edges are chipped as can be expected, but there are some intact edges too. The old label included uses the term "Wiggen" which seems to mean wedge or shim in older Swiss German. Rare and impressive




SOLD Calcite var. Papierspath - Alpine classic with Chlorite
Goscheneralp, Goschenen Valey
Uri, Switzerland
7.8 x 5.3 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Pre Tucson

An old and remarkable specimen of paper thin Calcite crystals held on a slender Chlorite matrix. The crystals are super delicate, translucent to transparent, inter-grown and have fine distinctive striations. Crystals of 4 plus CM are all on edge standing on a thin 2-3 mm thick matrix of Chlorite crystals. The name Papierspath was in use in the early 1800 era and is more or less an obsolete name today except when on classic old pieces like this. This is a Swiss specimen, the name is more often seen on old French Calcites, it is very rare to see on the market from any locality but especially from Gosheneralp. Some edges are chipped as can be expected, but there are some intact edges too. The old label included uses the term "Wiggen" which seems to mean wedge or shim in older Swiss German. Rare and impressive