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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.

Galena with Calcite - classic, vintage German
stock #1086-JM-3466
Bad Ems
Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
8 x 4.6 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $700
Pre Tucson

A fine and esthetic old German Galena ex John H. Marshall and also Ernie Schlichter. The region of Bad Ems has at least 6 old mines most of which were prolific producers of fine Lead secondary minerals, most classically Pyromorphites. Oddly, good Galena specimens are quite rare, it was after all the main ore. The habit of these crystals is a good match to a few specimens known from the Mercur and the Neuhoffnung mines, but we do not have confirmation as to the exact mine. Never the less the specimen is in great condition as seen the crystals the cube modified by octahedron, have great patina and reach 2.3 CM in size.

Galena with Calcite, Quartz etc.
stock #10.1-297
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Russia
8.1 x 4.6 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $450
Fall 22

Esthetic Galena crystal that is well-exposed, sits at the top of mixed specie matrix. The main Galena is complete, sharp with some face etching, and is a modified cubo-octahedral form. From the famed mines of Dalnegorsk, which has been the source of some of the world's best Galenas. Displays well from almost any angle, there is no damage seen, and the luster ranges from satin to mirror bright.

Galena -Spinel twinned
stock #10.1-055
Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
4.6 x 3.8 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
price: $280
Fall 22

Text book perfect, Spinel twinned Galena crystals in a complex epitaxially oriented cluster. In excellent undamaged condition, the metallic luster ranges from mirror bright to slightly satin. The color is a silver grey gun-metal and the specimen looks fine on all sides. From an important find in 2010 at Madan (Bulgaria), these were quickly recognized as among the best Galenas ever found. A choice miniature that looks fine on either side. The forms look more like a futuristic landscape than a mineral specimen.

Galena on Quartz
stock #AX-15-146-(C100)
Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Chenzhou
Hunan Province, China
8.6 x 6.4 x 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $360
Early summer 2021

With all the great Lead minerals that are found in China it is surprising how uncommon are good specimens of Galena, the most common lead mineral. This is a nice Galena from anyplace and super fine from China, with two textbook perfect crystals on a bed of milky Quartz. Ex Shields Flynn collection, obtained from Bert Ottens, this is a 2004 vintage specimen with the largest crystal 2.6 CM across. The two crystals are both of different habits, perfect and undamaged. The Rucheng Mine is famed for the fine Sphalerites it produced about 15 years ago. This piece is about as fine as Galena is ever seen in China.

Galena - classic locale
stock #13.1-168
Freiberg
Saxony, Germany
3.9 x 3.6 x 2.7 CM (miniature)
price: $550
new year 2021

A very fine miniature of a pair of intergrown modified octahedrons. This habit is classic and distinctive for this ancient German Silver mining locality. In excellent condition with a dark metallic patina, this is clearly a very old specimen though without documentation. Worldwide the vast majority of Galenas are crystallized as simple cubes or modified cubes. Octahedrons are far less common but were more frequently seen in central and eastern Europe, especially from a few of the ancient German mines. An excellent textbook clean example.

Galena with Sphalerite and Quartz
stock #15.1-174
Borieva Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Madan, Bulgaria
9.8 x 5.8 x 6.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $450
new year 2021

Stacked skeletal cubes and modified cubo-octahedra forming a curved "monster" of Galena. Remarkable geometric structures in a complex structure. This is mostly Galena but dark Sphalerite and white Quartz are a nice contrasting matrix. Matte metallic luster and slightly melted edges on one side of the specimen with a brighter and sharper display on the opposite side. In fine undamaged condition, this is a far better in person, a striking and unusually esthetic Galena from finds in 2015. A choice modern classic.

Galena - spinel twins, USA
stock #20.1-594
Fletcher Mine, Big Bear orebody, Vibernum Trend, Reynolds County
Missouri, United States
6.1 x 4.4 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $380
new year 2021

A flat habit spinel twinned Galena perched on Dolomite, Chalcopyrite etc. From the Fletcher Mine (Missouri, USA) the Galena is perfect, undamaged and huge for the mine at over 4 CM across. it is very unusual to see from the USA, there have been a few US finds of these over the past decade but never many. The Fletcher Mine is perhaps the most important locality for these twins and this specimen is top notch for the locale based on crystal size and esthetics. In person there is a slight iridescent patina and a slight golden hue mixed with a gunmetal silver.