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SOLD Beryl var. Emerald - Antique Austrian classic
stock #SOLD 22-FC-006
Salzburg, Austria
8.4 x 4.5 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Pre Tucson

A fine old Habachtal specimen with exceptional color and very gemmy crystals that are well-presented on the contrasting dark schist matrix. From the company of famed Paris dealer Nérée Boubée (1806-1862) , this is extraordinary for the locality. The original label is included from the early address Place Saint-André-des-Arts in Paris, but the exact date is unclear. Crystals present on all sides have the deep green fire color and a clarity unlike the usual milky to opaque Beryls. If not for the obvious Austrian matrix these crystals could be confused with Colombian Emeralds. The larger crystals are up to 2 CM long, sharp, transparent and several are terminated.

HOLD Beryl var. Emerald - exceptional classic Austrian
stock #HOLD 23.FC-030
Leckbachgraben, Nasenkopf mountain, Habach valley, Bramberg am Wildkogel
Salzburg, Austria
7.3 x 4.7 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $3500
Pre Tucson

A superb Emerald specimen with large areas of gem grade transparency, rich color and the largest Beryl is huge (3.4 CM) very fine and doubly terminated. The matrix is the classic dark Mica ("Biotite") Schist and holds many smaller crystals. The focal point however is the main crystal that dominates the specimen and is far better than the quality seen from this ancient and fabled location. A top Austrian Emerald from this legendary locality that for years was simply called Habachtal. The history of this mine dates back over 300 years (pre 1797)and was the source of many Emeralds for the European trade. Despite the long history it is rare to find a surviving specimen of this quality in any collection. An excellent addition to any classic locality suite, gem crystal or Beryl collection.

Mercurian Tetrahedrite - var. Schwazite
stock #16.1-716
Brixlegg, Schwatz area, Inn Valley, North Tyrol
Tyrol, Austria
7 x 5.1 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $390
Spring 23

Schwazite is the old name for this rare Mercury-rich Tetrahedrite, from the classic type locality of Schwaz (Austria). This is a well-crystalized specimen of the variety, something almost never seen in the market. Most of the large crystals are in very good condition, though there is some broken bits as seen but minor and forgivable in this fragile specie. The biggest crystal is large for the variety at 1.6 CM across most others are about 1 CM. Recently the name for this specie is proposed to become Tetrahedrite Hg, but for now and for over 100 years it has been Schwazite. Classic, rare and far better than average.

Epidote- Classic local, historic specimen 19th century
stock #20.1-565

Tyrol, Austria
6.3 x 4.8 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $850
Post Tucson 2022

A fine historic specimen of lustrous deep green crystals of Epidote from the Tyrol. This piece was in the noted collection of Alfred Sterns which was sold at auction to the famed US collector Wallace Gould Levison in 1895. This became Levison's specimen number 1604. Both collectors had affixed their handwritten labels to the piece which still exist. The Sterns label seems to date to pre 1860 era but we have no concrete proof of the actual vintage. The specimen itself is in very good condition as seen, it has clusters of Jackstraw crystals almost 3 cm tall standing above a thin matrix. We do not have a specific locality from Tyrol for the piece since at that time over 130 years ago that level of detail was almost never noted. We will include a photocopy of the relevant page of Levison's handwritten collection ledger as well. This is both a choice quality specimen and a remarkable vintage piece with fine provenance.

Adularia etc. - vintage Austrian
stock #21.1-201
Pragraten am Grobvenediger, Lienz District
Tyrol, Austria
8.6 x 6.3 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $290
New Year 22

A fine old Austrian alpine specimen with well-formed Adularia crystals that have color zoning from what seems to be Hematite inclusions. In excellent condition this comes with vintage European labels, one from Freiberg. Close exam with good magnification also finds tiny crystals of Sphene, Clinochlore and Rutile but these are not evident in a normal display. Presents well for display the Adularia are up to 1.8 CM and undamaged.

Albite - vintage specimen var. Adularia
stock #21.1-078
Greiner (Greinerberg) Finkenberg, Zillertal, Schwatz District
Tyrol, Austria
4.7 x 3.1 x 1.5 CM (miniature)
price: $80
Late Summer 2021

Gemmy and bright small Adularia crystals in two generations on a thin matrix plate. This specimen comes in an antique handmade display box of cardboard that has had a round hole cut into the top and a glass sheet installed. Old labels are included. The specimen is in excellent condition, the labels reference an early alpine locality now known as the Greiner area of Schwatz, Tyrol. All of the Adularia are transparent on close exam. Unfortunately it is impossible to know the exact vintage of this piece or the names of the early collectors but it is still a very nice antique presentation.

SOLD Dechenite (As-Descloizite) with Vanadinite - vintage specimen
stock #SOLD 21.1-236
Kappel, Ferlach, Karawanken
Carinthia, Austria
4.4 x 3.5 x 1.2 CM (miniature)
price: $0
Late Summer 2021

A fine and uncommon example of the As variety of Descloizite known as Dechenite with several vintage labels. The front surface of this specimen is densely covered with sparkling crystals of red orange As-Descloizite. The crystals are quite elongated and most are in fine condition as well. Old labels are included from Julius Bohn (Vienna, dealership begun in 1884), W Mauncher (Munich 1870-1930) and an unattributed Italian. Choice, historic and unlike "normal" Descloizite!

Epidote with Byssolite - old Austrian
stock #1052-JM-3632

Salzburg, Austria
7.1 x 5.4 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $1100
new year 2021

Lustrous crystals of Epidote fill an open cavity on a matrix that also hold masses of Byssolite. A big stack of old labels come with this piece. It was last in the John Marshall collection but dates back through many other owners perhaps also including the famed Lechner collection (Austria), certainly over a century old, the quality is excellent. The original labels and documents all give just Salzburg as the locale, but this certainly looks a perfect match for Kappenwand, but that is not confirmed. Regardless the exact spot this came from the piece displays well, is better in person. With good lighting the dark green to yellow color is more evident.