Malachite - classic, historic
Copper Queen Mine , Bisbee, Cochise County
5.8 x 5.3 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
A deep green botryoidal Malachite ex Wallace Gould Levison collection (NYC), obtained by him in 1894. Levison' usual affixed label has not survived, we have only his notes from the collection ledger regarding this specimen. A photocopy of that page is included. Specimen # 1379
"Malachite, Bisbee, Arizona C.Q. Mine. Bought for 25 cents from Niven at 1st avenue and 37th st. NY. June 6, 1894..."
It is very possible that this is NOT from the Copper Queen mine itself as the Copper Queen Mining company ran many mines in Bisbee and often specimens from Morenci at that time were moved to and sold in Bisbee. These were all often labeled as from the Queen mine. Regardless of the accuracy of the attribution this COULD be a Copper Queen piece but no matter it is a fine old specimen with great provenance. Niven was William Niven who had an active and major business in collector Minerals by 1886. 25 cents was a lot on money at that time, normal appreciation of minerals doubling in price every 7-10 years would make this a rather expensive specimen today, by those terms this is a nice esthetic classic piece and very reasonable.
A very colorful and choice thumbnail of fine violet Vesuvianite crystals with zones of yellow to green in a lustrous cluster. The color pallet on this piece is quite special and very uncommon. Although Vesuvianite is a fairly common mineral, the unusual and vivid colors like this were limited to just one place on earth, the Jeffrey Mine, often from just one pocket or seam. This combination is striking in person, the condition is perfect and clean by naked eye, strong magnification shows some minor outer edge contacts that are not in any way degrading. Even for collections with several good Vesuvianites from this prolific locality this is a nice addition as the combination of hues and the overall form is unusual.
Aurichalcite in Calcite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
5.3 x 4.1 x 3.4 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
A very colorful Aurichalcite specimen that was in the collection of Warren Johannson. The Aurichalcite is seen through a lustrous clear layer of Calcite that has crystallized on top. The Aurichalcite is clearly seen through the Calcite and the whole is vividly colored. An older Ojuela specimen from the late 1960 era.
A pair of Elbaite specimens from the now famed Newry Mine of Maine. One is a small thumbnail the other a miniature. These come from the collection of John Marshall, who was one of the investors in what later became one of the greatest mineral finds of all time. These two pieces date to before that big strike. The set includes a matrix specimen with a gemmy Elbaite and crystals of Lepidolite on a blocky Albite crystal. The second specimen is a gemmy bi-colored Elbaite that is very clear and lustrous. The single crystal is not terminated but shows on one end a "nodule" or ball like mass which were noted at this locale as the most desirable gem grade. The matrix specimen has John's hand-printed collection number on one side. This material is quite unlike the later finds but which was an encouraging sign of the potential in the quarry at that time.
A cluster of three main Barite crystals that are translucent, phantomed and have areas of gemmy over-growths. Somewhat crude but complete and recrystallized on many faces. The blocky terminations have several faces that are zoned, with inclusions of white and pale yellow that is likely all Barite as well. In excellent condition, near the base is a small chip and the bottom was the point of attachment. Older specimen vintage 2004 from Jinkouhe in the Ebian area, Sichuan, China. An architectural habit with the crystals in a parallel growth that has the look of a skyscraper.
Fine thumbnail of Brazilian Chrysoberyl. A crystal cluster vintage 1948 with a dated but badly tattered Shortmann's Minerals label included that puts this piece at the very beginning of Brazilian specimens being exported. Good glassy luster, translucent to gemmy transparent areas and nice green-yellow color with classic twinned forms. Some reddish inclusions are seen that add a little contrast but no matrix, a floater this is complete all around. The original label is spelled Collentina which is not correct but this misspelling was used by both Arthur Montgomery and Alan Kaplan at that time. Either person could have been the source of this piece.
Tennantite and Siderite - classic European
Barbora Adit, Knottei area, Krupka, Krusne Hory Mts
Usti nad Labem Region (Bohemia),
5.4 x 3.3 x 2.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A very old and very rich Czech Tennantite from this historic mining region. The matrix is a sparkling Quartz with several large (for the locality) Siderite rhombs up to 2.5 CM. The Tennantites are in clusters of many small, distinctive crystals, up to 4mm - though most are smaller. The Tennantite masses are relatively bright, lustrous and includes many twins. A small amount of Chalcopyrite is seen with magnification. This can be displayed from several angles that show more Dolomite or more Tennantite depending on preference.
Wulfenite with Mimetite
Rowley Mine, (Reliance Mine), Theba, Painted Rock District
2.1 x 1.6 x 1.4 CM (thumbnail)
A superb and perfect thumbnail of bright orange windowpane Wulfenites with a scattering of red Mimetite. The Wulfenites are perched like wings on a small mound of solid matrix so this looks like a butterfly from some angles. Even under strong magnification this is flawless, undamaged and looks fine from any angle. The Rowley Mine is one of the great USA localities for Wulfenites, the crystals tend to be small, thin and brilliant. The mine, before it closed in recent years, was an excellent source of specimens but fully perfect competition quality was very rare. We have handled many good pieces and are currently offering some others on line, but this is simply not a typical level piece. Far better in person and an outstanding colorful, delicate Wulfenite that is a choice example of this iconic locality.