SOLD Silver -classic thick wire
stock #SOLD 20.1-100
Kongsberg Silver mining district, Kongsberg
2.5 x 1.5 x 1 CM (thumbnail)
A stout, well formed Silver wire in ramshorn form from Kongsberg. For some reason, Kongsberg Silvers tend to be thicker, rope-like wires of this sort, the form is unlike most other localities. A killer thumbnail that looks fine from any side, ex Mario Pauwels collection. Kongsberg is of course a legendary Silver locality, which started in 1623 and peaked in the 1770 era. Long closed now but this region produced incredible quantities of Silver for centuries. Some huge wires were found long ago as thick as an arm. those are now priceless treasures seen in museums only. This much smaller piece is like a perfect scaled down version of those famed fat ropes of Silver.
A fine thumbnail of blue anatase from the classic locality of Hardangervidda. In excellent condition this has excellent luster and the Anatase are well exposed from the Quartz. Looks nice from several angles, a small but attractive Anatase with a good deep blue hue.
Sharp phantom of red Quartz seen inside this old specimen from Bamle (Telemark) Norway. As seen the crystal has some bruises and so is not for a perfectionist, but it is a nice colorful piece from this locale famed for Barites. Inside the Quartz there are dark spheres (Pyrite?) and deeper red clouds of Hematite. Pre 1935 vintage with an old French label, these are never seen for sale.
A very sweet thumbnail of crystalline Calcite shot through with wire Silver. From Kongsberg, this piece was in the collections of Ernie Schlichter and Larry White. Classic habit from this classic locale, the specimen displays well from several angles. Excellent dark patina on the wires adds a good contrast to the white Calcite
Superb pseudomorph in a complete crystal, double terminated and far sharper than any other I have seen. Classic specimen with a Wards label dating this to over 100 years ago, (after 1913 shortly after George English began to work there). The label bears his handwriting. The Talc is the Steatite variety and more hard than other Talc so the condition of the replacement is nearly perfect. A fine piece for a Pseudomorph suite, and a great old classic on its own.
Good quality gem clear emeralds on matrix from this seldom seen locale. This mine closed in 1909 after just 10 years, and produced a few good Gem crystals but was not productive enough to compete. It is possible today to visit the dumps and a few Emeralds have been found but usually much smaller than this one. Norwegian Emeralds of quality are very rare in the market. The largest crystal here is 1.4 CM long with very good color and clarity, but not terminated, with chipping and broken areas as seen. Despite the damage it is far better than typical from this locale and this is a choice piece for the area. The color here is due to Vanadium, not Chrome as seen in Colombia. The quality is better than typical Vanadium Beryls at other localities.
A super thumbnail with a very sharp, lustrous Anatase estheticly perched on matrix. In fine condition as seen, there is one minor contact on a backside but no damage. Norwegian Anatase are some of the best in the world and are now classics. Choice.
A single stout wire of Native Silver showing the ropey textures that are typical of Kongsberg wires. Very nice patina and with some extra delicate offshoots, the thickest part of the wire is about 5mm. An attractive classic Kongsberg Silver.