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Rashleighite (ferroan Turquoise aka Henwoodite) Type area
stock #AX-10-815
St. Austell
Cornwall, England
9.8 x 5.8 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $600


A large and rich specimen of this uncommon Turquoise variety from the St. Austell district where this was originally described from several mines. The Rashleighite is a botryoidal green covering much of the matrix. This is set off nicely by sparkling micro crystals of what seems to be very transparent Siderite. A sizable and colorful old Cornish specimen.

Calcite - old English
stock #21.1-288
Haile Moor Mine, Haile, Copeland
Cumbria, England
4.7 x 3.2 3.1 CM (miniature)
price: $390
Late Summer 2021

An esthetic cluster of glassy, translucent reddish- pink color Calcites from Cumbria, England. Old labels from the collection of Marie Osbonlighter and Robert Eaton are included. This Calcite is vividly Fluorescent. Most of the colorful Calcites from this region were found long ago the majority were colorless. The Haile Moor Mine is known to have produced some Calcites with Hematite inclusions that give a reddish color like this. An attractive miniature from most any point of view. Overall in fine condition though there is one cleave on a crystal that is visible at some angles (shown in these photos) but is clearly not distracting or easily noticed.

Hematite with Quartz (Eisenkiesel)
stock #15.1-334
Florence Mine, Egremont
Cumberland, Cumbria, England
11.3 x 8 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $1900
new year 2021

A superb and very esthetic old "Eisenkiesel" that looks like a volcano showing bright red Quartz in the crater. The Hematite is a big heavy hemisphere on the outside, but the inside display side has the open oval void that is filled with sparkling blood red crystals mimicking lava. A small amount of the red Quartz seems to be flowing down one of the volcano sides. Looks great from most any angle, the color is more vivid than others I have seen from the UK and the form is exceptional, a top example from anyplace. In great condition, there is no damage. Classic.

Cerussite on Quartz - elongated sixling twins
stock #17.1-855
Pentireglaze Mine,Polzeath, St. Minver
Cornwall, England
9.3 x 7 x 6.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $240
new year 2021

An excellent old Cornish Cerussite with sharp crystals to 2CM long. The crystals are all twinned with most showing a complete sixling habit. These look like six spoked gears when seen on end. The matrix is mostly a vuggy Quartz with micro crystals sparkling on most surfaces. For such a delicate mineral this is in good condition. Hard to know the exact age of this specimen, it has an old collection number on it, the mine was most active in the mid 1800's but there has been collecting activity in more recent years.

Allophane - historic, classic locale
stock #AX-35-050-(2695)
Tavistock, West Devon
Devon, England
6.5 x 5 x 1.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $380
new year 2021

A very nice, old (1895) English specimen with fine provenance. This is from the famed Wallace Gould Levison collection. His label on the specimen is intact and we will include a photocopy of the page from his collection ledger which indicates he received this from F L Smith on December 7th, 1895. The specimen has blue, green, white and yellow colored Allophane masses. This is every color I know of for Allophane, all on one specimen. Colorful small botryoidal and stalactitic masses best appreciated with good magnification. Allophane is not currently listed by Mindat from Tavistock but it is well-known from the West Devon area. This piece is very high quality. Outstanding historic and colorful UK specimen.

Mimetite var. Campylite
stock #16.1-367
Dry Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells
Cumberland, Cumbria, England
4.9 x2.8 x 1.4 CM (miniature)
price: $130
new year 2021

A cute miniature specimen with classic curved crystals of mustard-green Mimetite. The Mimetites contrast well with the matrix and have a good "wet" luster. From the famed Dry Gill locality that was at one time the most important source for the Campylite habit. These are now classics in the mineral world and this is an good value for textbook example of the curved barrel shaped crystals.

Cerussite, Hydrocerussite and Calcite - English classic
stock #15.1-479
Merehead Quarry (Torr Works), Cranmore
Somerset, England
10.8 x 6.7 x 6.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1250
new year 2021

An simply outstanding Mendip specimen with a large crystal lined cavity inside a Manganese Oxide mass. The void contains choice Cerussite and Hydrocerussite some in twins and others with reticulated forms, nestled on a sparkling Calcite. This Quarry is famed for the rare Lead minerals that are found here in association with the Manganese deposits in the Carboniferous Limestones. The location is unique and has been the source of at least eight new minerals. That said most of the specimens are not often well crystallized or esthetic. This is an exception as the Lead minerals are well formed and make an attractive display contrasting inside the cavity. The Merehead Quarry now known as the Tor Works Quarry began to be noticed about 80 years ago and is a world class source of many other rare species.

Calcite over/replacing Aragonite
stock #16.1-364
Merehead Quarry (Torr Works), Cranmore
Somerset, England
9.2 x 7.1 x 5.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $440
new year 2021

A very unusual but also very esthetic specimen from the famed Merehead (Tor Works) Quarry in the Mendips of England. This locale is famed for the rare lead oxychlorides found in the Carboniferous Limestones. With all the attention to these minerals the more common Carbonate species are less well-known. This hosts a cluster of hexagonal Aragonite forms that are fully encased by and mostly replaced by Calcite in crystalline over-growths. The matrix is mostly limestone with a small remnant mass of Manganese oxides that are well-known from this locale. I have not seen anything like this piece which is from the Les Hitchings collection. An unusual and attractive English specimen with a remarkable form.