A very fine, old (1816) classic British specimen that is very well-crystalized. The Wheal Gorland Mine began working in 1792, it became an important source of great Cornish mineral specimens in the early 1800 era. The Olivenites on this specimen are sharp, lustrous dark crystals that are in clusters and ball-like groupings. It also has some contrasting yellow Chenevixite (this is the type locality for the specie) which makes a nice contrast. Based on the habit, crystal quality and matrix, this specimen seems to be from the early workings of the famed Mutrell Lode which was later absorbed into the Wheal Gorland proper. The 1816 date on the label also gives this some support to this guess, this was the most productive period of these workings. The matrix is very typical of other confirmed Mutrell specimens, but there is no way to make absolutely certain of this. No matter the exact shaft and workings, this is a very fine Gorland specimen in excellent condition, with a very esthetic form. Superb antique piece for lovers of mineral history, classics, Cornish or Copper minerals!
Olivenite- well xl'd
5.5 x 3 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
A really good Cornish Olivenite with fine color and contrast to the matrix. There are several other Copper secondaries on the Quartz matrix that add nice color. The crystal druze is sizable and in excellent condition. Classic old material that displays well.