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Sphalerite and Siderite - fine Cornish
stock #15.1-450
Ale and Cakes Mine, Gwennap
Cornwall, England
4.2 x 2.8 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
price: $800


Super lustrous black Sphalerite crystals on contrasting crystals of Siderite. This piece is from the noted Cornish collection of Lewis Barton (his label is included), and is a superb Sphalerite from anyplace in Cornwall and likely the best known from the Ale and Cakes Mine (which is a great name for a mine)! Despite a few edge nicks and contacts the overall quality and condition is really fine. A choice addition for any good Cornish or UK suite.

Balydonite -classic locale
stock #0040-JM-135
Penberthy Croft Mine, St. Hillary
Cornwall, England
8 x 6.7 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $750
Spring 2020

A colorful and attractive very old Balydonite specimen from Cornwall with rich density. Ex Lechner collection (Austria) a mid to late 19th century collection that had also absorbed several earlier collections. The collection was dispursed in 1940-50 era. In 1969 sold to John Marshall via Schortmanns. This specimen is well over 100 years old, perhaps much older. The original label does not specify the mine but with the Lechner collection number (7132-13-23) it can be confirmed that this is in a sequence from the famed Penberthy Croft, and the habit etc is a perfect match for this location, which is also the type locality. The mine closed in 1840. There are several other species present that are not identified but what appears to be an area of Cornubite is noted as is some areas where the Balydonite has partly covered by a bluish-white mineral. Overall a choice classic example that has several possible display angles. Labels from Schortmann and Marshall are included.

Fluorite
stock #19.1-517
Heights Mine, Durham, Weardale County
County Durham, England
4.1 x 3.3 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
price: $325
Spring 2020

Perfect and well composed Fluorite from the Heights mine. This cute miniature has a prominent, well isolated and very sharp cube perched on top. The edges and corners are sharp and perfect on this, the luster is glasslike and the Fluorites are quite transparent. No visible damage. A good value for a small, choice classic British Fluorite with a quality well beyond typical.

Torbernite - Classic Cornwall locale, large crystals
stock #0236-JM-2880
Old Gunnislake Mine, Callington District
Cornwall, England
7.7 x 6.2 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $650
Spring 2020

A fine old Cornish specimen with a large spray of Torbernite (4 CM across) nicely perched on matrix. Great history with previous owners Hugh Ford, J. Cilen, Larry Conklin and John H. Marshall collections. This was advertised for sale by Larry Conklin for 250.00 fourty years ago. The specimen is certainly older than these collections (the Ford Label can be dated between 1946-1957). This mine dates back to the 1500 era as a copper mine later worked for Tungsten. Many other species were found there in later years including a few fine Torbernites many of the best can be seen in the British Museum. This piece is quite choice.

Bornite pseudo after Chalcocite
stock #14.1-211
Levant Mine, Trewellard, St Just,
Cornwall, England
5.5 x 4.7 x 2.7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $650
Spring 2020

Very fine classic specimen, ex George Robinson collection with sharp, free standing crystals. This specimen is currently pictured on Mindat it is the first specimen in the St Just Bornite section. The shape of the original Chalcocite shows some cyclic twins that are perfectly preserved. Some of the crystals may still have some Chalcocite inside. The exterior shows the patina of Bornite and is quite attractive. In fine condition as seen a choice old classic piece

Fluorite with Chalcopyrite, Quartz
stock #16.1-327
Heights Mine, Durham, Weardale County
Durham, England
9.2 x 6.2 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $390


A classic, well formed English Fluorite that has a prominent, isolated main crystal that is dominant on this specimen. Chalcopyrite and small Quartz crystals are scattered on the display surface. Strong deep color, in fine condition and vividly fluorescent, ex Hitchings collection. This is a pre 1970 specimen and possibly much older, a classic Weardale piece that displays well.

Plumbogummite and Mimetite, Pyromorphite
stock #AX-14B-130
Dry Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells
Cumberland, Cumbria, England
4.4 x 2.2 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
price: $400


A very old or "vintage" specimen, previous label notes it to have been collected 1830-40 era. The labels call the associated crystals Mimetite although it looks to me like the larger greener ones are Pyromorphite with some yellow Mimetites as a second generation. This specimen is pictured on Mindat and it is labeled Pyromorphite there. Ex Ben Shumer collection, this is a small but pretty and colorful miniature. Under good magnification it is quite incredible, delicate and the blue Plumbo balls sparkle. Quite three dimensional, a nice classic specimen from this famed locale. Before the great Chinese Plumbogummites were found recently. English pieces (from Roughton Gill and Dry Gill) were the worlds best, prized in top collections all over the world. Despite the beauty of new Chinese pieces these old English specimens are still very special and quite different too. This mine was last worked in 1869, and was one of the worlds most important mineral localities.

Pyromorphite
stock #0692-JM-2595
Wheal Alfred, Phillack
Cornwall, England
7.3 x 6.5 x 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $120


Cornish Pyromorphite from the prolific Wheal Alfred. Ex John Marshall and Douglas Creba with labels. Tiny grass green crystals on several sides of a blocky matrix. Wheal Alfred long ago produced a few very fine, world class Pyros which today are prized and very expensive when available. This is frankly not in that league but it is better than average, looks great magnified and a nice locality piece with good coverage.