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Olivenite with Chenevixite - vintage, antique
stock #23.FC-010
Wheal Gorland
Cornwall, England
6.6 x 5.3 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $1350
Spring 23

A very fine, old (1816) classic British specimen that is very well-crystalized. The Wheal Gorland Mine began working in 1792, it became an important source of great Cornish mineral specimens in the early 1800 era. The Olivenites on this specimen are sharp, lustrous dark crystals that are in clusters and ball-like groupings. It also has some contrasting yellow Chenevixite (this is the type locality for the specie) which makes a nice contrast. Based on the habit, crystal quality and matrix, this specimen seems to be from the early workings of the famed Mutrell Lode which was later absorbed into the Wheal Gorland proper. The 1816 date on the label also gives this some support to this guess, this was the most productive period of these workings. The matrix is very typical of other confirmed Mutrell specimens, but there is no way to make absolutely certain of this. No matter the exact shaft and workings, this is a very fine Gorland specimen in excellent condition, with a very esthetic form. Superb antique piece for lovers of mineral history, classics, Cornish or Copper minerals!

Barite (Baryte) - classic British
stock #21.1-293
Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field
Cumberland, Cumbria, England
5.2 x 1.8 x 1 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $550
Spring 23

A sharp and lustrous single crystal of yellow-green Barite from the famed Frizington area (Cumbria, England). This area consists of several mines for both Iron and coal which were worked for centuries. Great Barites were being collected and traded worldwide by the late 1700 era. These are now classics in the mineral world. The yellow color was best known from the Parkside Mine but it was found in several other workings as well. This specimen does not have a mine specified for it (that detail was very rarely provided long ago when these were found, in recent times many old pieces were given mine attributions, often these are guesses). No matter the exact shaft this come up from, the crystal is in excellent condition, mostly gem clear, classic in form and far better in person.

Mimetite var. Campylite
stock #19.1-790
Dry Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells
Cumberland, Cumbria, England
6.6 x 2.7 x 2.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $950
Spring 23

Esthetic, classic and unusual British "Campylite" from the vintage locality of Dry Gill. Well-crystalized Mimetites are clustered on a dark gossan cast that is hollow on one side. Especially intriguing is the outside facing half of the crystals are a dark olive green but the inner half are reddish orange. In excellent condition, this is the type of Mimetite that made this small mine world famous. Ex Hitchings collection, obtained by trade in England in the 1970 era but almost certainly a far older specimen from the golden years at the mine. This site began formal working in 1846 and operations ceased in 1869. While the mine produced best in those years there have been some good pieces collected about a half century ago as well.

Scorodite - classic British locality
stock #21.1-504
Hemerdon Mine, Plympton, Plymouth
Devon, England
7.3 x 5.6 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $420
Fall 22

Very fine gemmy Scorodite crystals in several vugs on a blocky Quartz matrix makes for an attractive cabinet display piece. From the Hemerdon Mine (Devon, England) this locality has produced some of the best Scorodite in Europe. This is a particularly rich piece. The area has a long history with intermittent mining operation since before 1854 but currently inactive. In very good condition the crystals were well-protected in the cavities of the matrix. Most of the Scorodites are a deep blue but a few do show a green color as well.

Axinite - classic British, vintage
stock #AX-10-557
Bottallack Cliff, Bottalack, St. Just
Cornwall, England
7.8 x 5.4 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $500
Fall 22

A fine, old and quite large Axinite from Cornwall, ex. Hugh Ford and Ara Dildilian. The blocky matrix is richly covered with quite lustrous and gemmy Axinite crystals to about 1 CM in size. While there are some bruised crystals on the specimen there are also many complete and fine as well. The vintage is likely more than 75 years old as that was the era when Dildalian was acquiring minerals from Ford. Hugh Fords US Mineral business spanned 1945 to 1957 though he was a collector in England since 1916.

Native Copper - crystalized Cornish
stock #22.1-169
Trevassack Quarry, The Lizard Penninsula, Goonhill Downs, Mawgan-in Mene
Cornwall, England
6.4 x 3.9 x 1.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $290
Fall 22

Classic Native Copper tree-like form with a colorful patina is perched on a shard of matrix. In fine condition with some slight iridescence in strong light, this is a an older piece with three previous collection labels included. This is from a less well-known locality at this former serpentine Quarry. The Copper crystals are distinct though crude, flattened and elongated having grown in a narrow seam. Some adhering Serpentine and Chrysocolla add a nice accent.

Chalcocite - classic locality, elongated twinned crystals
stock #21.1-526
Levant Mine, Trewellard, St Just,
Cornwall, England
3.1 x 2.5 x 1.5 CM (thumbnail)
price: $280
Fall 22

An especially fine thumbnail of elongated Chalcocite crystals some showing the cogs-wheel form of twinning. From the classic Cornish locality of Levant, which operated from 1793 to 1930 which produced some of the very best of British Chalcocites. This style is quite uncommon from the mine and presents well from all sides. In excellent condition with well-defined form and esthetic composition.

Liroconite - superb, classic British
stock #22.FC-003
Wheal Gorland, St Day, United Mines, Gwennap. Camborne, Redruth-St. Day
Cornwall, England
6.2 x 4 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $3100
Post Tucson 2022

Often described as a holy grail specie, Cornish Liroconite is certainly the epitome of a rare, classic, beautiful and highly desired mineral. Bright, sharp and vivid blue crystals are nestled in five vugs of various sizes on tall sides of the matrix. The great finds of this mineral in England are very old, most going back to the late 18th century and ending in the mid 1800's. This piece is certainly very old, probably well over 150 years and comes from the type locality (Wheal Gorland). The crystals have superb color and are in excellent condition. Liroconite has been found at a few other localities worldwide, but never in fine display quality or large crystals. It is worth noting a small recent find of the mineral in China that had drawn a lot of interest, but none had large or well-developed crystals. These Cornish specimens are still the greatest and most coveted on the planet.