A superb large cabinet specimen of very fine aesthetic composition. A plate of Quartz crystals are entirely encrusted with tiny sparkling prisms of clear Paravauxite and a few scattered balls of Wavellite. In fantastic condition as seen, this is a very rich specimen of these two Phosphates and has a subtle creamy yellow to greenish tint best seen in person. The balls of Wavellite reach 1.5 CM and are composed of creamy radiating crystals with a pearly luster. The Paravauxite crystals are more equant prisms than the typical flat habit, the luster and transparency is excellent. Though those crystals are small the overall display impact and three dimensional architecture is superb for the specie.
A pair of sharp, complete Staurolite crystals that were added to the Levison Collection in 1898. These are labeled as from from Mine Hill, Georgia. This not a known locale but these do look much like some of the more recent Fannin County materials. One is twinned and the other is a single crystal, sharp textbook form. A photocopy of the Levison Ledger page is included as is his printed and handwritten label with the date.
Wulfenite with Mimetite
San Carlos Mine, Mazapil, Mazapil Municipality
4.4 x 3.8 x 2 CM (miniature)
Gem clear "windowpane" type crystals perched on matrix that is sprinkled with tiny Mimetite balls. Excellent dark orange-red color and very sharp edges on the Wulfenites which are in excellent condition with no visible damage. From the 2018 find that made big news at this locale, unfortunately the zone was very small and soon exhausted, there have not been more found since. This looks much more like a Red Cloud (Arizona USA) specimen than anything from Mexico. On close exam it is seen than this habit and find are distinctly unique and not exactly like any other Wulfenites.
Sharp crystals of transparent Quartz with clearly seen green phantoms below the terminations. From a 2018 find in Madagascar that was different from previous finds. This discovery had transparent terminations on a milky shaft and the phantoms were close to the tips so much more visible than in any other finds. In fine condition, there have not been more of this quality found since.
A superb and very esthetic old "Eisenkiesel" that looks like a volcano showing bright red Quartz in the crater. The Hematite is a big heavy hemisphere on the outside, but the inside display side has the open oval void that is filled with sparkling blood red crystals mimicking lava. A small amount of the red Quartz seems to be flowing down one of the volcano sides. Looks great from most any angle, the color is more vivid than others I have seen from the UK and the form is exceptional, a top example from anyplace. In great condition, there is no damage. Classic.
Two crystals of Mn rich Willemite (Troostite) in Calcite collected by Wallace Gould Levison in 1889. While the Troostite variety of Willemite is only known from the Franklin and Sterling mines, this specimen was actually collected in Jersey City, New Jersey at the Zinc Works there. It was found in a load of Zinc ore transported from Franklin to the smelter there, so this is unique, being probably the only Troostite that was not collected from Franklin. The Willemite crystals are a brick red color, well-formed though with typical slightly crude edges up to 3.1 CM. We will include a photocopy of the handwritten ledger from the Levison collection. Levison was a prolific 19th century collector located in Brooklyn who became very interested in the fluorescent minerals of Franklin. He invented and patented a specimen viewing box for shortwave UV light in 1909. A nice specimen with a great provenance.
Cerussite - bipyramidal twins
Grand Reef Mine - Graham County
3.9 x 2.7 x 1.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
new year 2021
Several hexagonal crystals of glassy Cerussite on matrix which look a lot like Cumberland habit Quartz. These bi-pyramidal twinned prisms sit on a complex matrix of Quartz some of which is colored pale green by inclusions. From the remarkable Grand Reef Mine that is famed for other lead secondaries; this is a nice small miniature in excellent condition.
A very unusual looking specimen of Sphalerite with some bright red and darker crystals perched on a thin shard of Chert matrix. Ex Wallace Gould Levison collection, he obtained this piece in 1909 from the "northeast corner of the Quaparo Indian Territory, A zinc mine there" his notes give the source as George R. Osborn who was located in Kansas City, MO. This area we know today as the Quapaw territory of Ottawa County, Oklahoma. Mining had begun on the Indian territories in 1908 so this is a very early specimen. The area became a very important Lead Zinc supplier though the Indians were not compensated as agreed. Mining ended in 1950 but for a while this was the world's largest Pb Zn source. The specimen has well-formed crystals with the largest 2.3 CM. Smaller crystals are translucent to transparent and this is quite esthetic in person. We include a photocopy of Levison's original collection ledger page with this specimen. A very nice quality Tri-state classic specimen with unusual early provenance from an important US collection.