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Fluorite with Sphalerite and Dolomite
stock #22.1-265
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County
Tennessee, United States
5.8 x 4.5 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $390


Dark vivid purple cubes on a matrix of Sphalerite and sparkling white Dolomite. A nice Elmwood specimen that is of the sort that has made this the great and highly respected locality that it is. In fine condition overall the cubes show the small but well-developed geometric etching that is classic for this mine. The locality has produced many good specimens but better pieces like this are especially choice. Nicer in person.

Galena and Calcite - USA Classic
stock #0221-JM-3820
Pitcher Field, Tri State District, Ottawa County
Oklahoma, United States
8.8 x 6.8 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $690


Ex John Marshall collection, a very fine old Tri-state area Galena and Calcite. The Tri-state zone was at one time legendary for the quantity of specimens that seemed to be everywhere in the 1930-60 era. For the most part they are gone now, and higher quality specimens like this that were never plentiful are quite rare to see. The Galena has the desirable stepped geometric faces and gunmetal silver color with bright luster. The Calcites are clustered like a crown and are a great contrast. This specimen seems to be a part of a selection purchased by John from Boodle Lane, the legendary eccentric Tri-State dealer. John bought twice from Boodle about 65 years ago, he had a good eye and selected only special or unusual pieces. Certainly a choice Galena from anyplace and very fine as a tri-state specimen.

Fluorite with Sphalerite, unusual edges
stock #22.1-260
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County
Tennessee, United States
4.7 x 3.8 x 2.7 CM (miniature)
price: $300


A cluster of Fluorite cubes with geometrically etched, stepped faces and unusual double beveled edges. From the great Elmwood Mine the main cube is 2.8 CM across and in fine condition. Sphalerite, Quartz and Fluorite are the matrix on this piece. The edge bevel is double forming a V point which is a rather rare modification best seen from Elmwood. Good deep color but still translucent, the luster is glossy and distinct.

Tetrahedrite - classic Utah
stock #AC-068
Bingham Canyon, Bingham Mining district, Salt lake County
Utah, United States
8.8 x 67.2 x 5.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $230


Well-crystallized sizable specimen of lustrous Tetrahedrite with some Pyrite as well. A rich chunk from the famed Bingham Canyon deposit, ex Schortmann Minerals. The label address gives a date range for this piece of 1937-1946 at their shop. It is clearly from the early era of mining. The area had several mines at that time which began in 1903, but in 1936 Kennecott bought out the previous operations and eventually this became one of the largest open pit mines in the world. This piece is quite choice, densely packed with crystals and was priced at a hefty $4.00 at that time. A lot of money in that time some 70-80 years ago!

SOLD Grossular with Diopside
stock #SOLD 24.1-184
VAG Mine, Lowell & Eden
Vermont, United States
2.1 x 1.3 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
price: $390


A small but exceptional thumbnail from the famed classic locality of Belvidere Quarry (VAG MIne) in Vermont, USA. This locality is famed for its red Garnets but there are other colors, much more rare. This slender stacked cluster combines green and peach-yellow color crystals with a few small Diopside as well. Very rare at this locality and from any other location, this stacked form and color is impressive for any Garnet collection or a Northeastern USA suite. Tiny but choice!

Quartz (phantom) with Epidote - California, USA
stock #23.1-003
Calaveras River Canyon, Valley Springs area, Calaveras County
California, United States
8.8 x 5.1 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $950


A really choice and sharp Calaveras County Quartz with Epidote. One of the best phantom inclusions we have seen from anyplace in the USA, the main Quartz is very clear, unpolished and in very fine condition with no visible tip dings. The smaller Quartz are contacted and not complete but not damaged. The small light-green Epidote crystals are distinct, some are terminated and all have good striations. The phantom is a good green color and from some angles the refraction of the clear quartz makes it seem that there are many phantoms in a chevron stack. The Calaveras Canyon Quartz finds were some of the best phantom Quartz found in the USA and the addition of the Epidote adds a lot of nice character on this piece.

Sphalerite - gem crystal on Quartz
stock #24.1-158
Empire State #4 Mine, 3900 foot level, Balmat, St. Lawrence County
New York, United States
3.5 x 2.7x 2.2 CM (thumbnail)
price: $480


A killer thumbnail with a flawless gem clear Sphalerite twin perched on contrasting Quartz crystals. From the incredible new find of these Sphalerites at Balmat, New York in the #4 Mine at 3900 feet down. There were quite a number of nice thumbnails in the find, but just a few of this quality and esthetics, most were very quickly snapped up. Certainly destined to be classics, the better specimens from this locality are modern mineral treasures. Bright glassy luster, yellow-orange color and perfect clarity.

Hydroxylherderite - classic Northeastern USA
stock #24.1-170-(JCO)
Bennett Quarry, Buckland, Oxford County
Maine, United States
2.1 x 1.7 x 1.1 CM (thumbnail)
price: $290


Sharp, perfectly formed and doubly terminated main crystal with no matrix, only a few smaller crystals and a tiny fleck of Mica are attached. A classic Maine specimen from the famed Bennett Quarry, the crystal has an unidentified thin chocolate brown skin on most of the faces. In a few spots the coating is gone and the crystal seen below is gem clear and colorless. It seems to be a simple job to remove this coating, but it may be one of the more rare Phosphates so it should stay until identified. This is an excellent specimen from this locale and with the color coating very unusual too.