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SOLD Calcite - classic USA
stock #SOLD 17.1-592
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
Illinois, United States
8 x 6.8 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $0


Sharp and very esthetic clusters of tapered "flame" habit Calcite from the famed Minerva #1 Mine. These Calcite have elongated prisms that are almost needle-like at the terminations which are very slender and delicate. A classic of the southern Illinois Fluorite district, these are not often seen for sale. An important and unique style this is an excellent addition to a good Calcite or southern Illinois collection. The Calcites are all frosted with a white coating but below that they are a bright yellow-orange color. Some tips on the left side back are cleaved but nearly all the others are perfect. From logical display angles there is no visible damage and the condition is excellent for one of these delicate Calcites.

Witherite
stock #21.1-323
Minerva Mine #1, Rosiclare Level, Cave in Rock
Illinois, United States
3.2 x 2.9 x 1.8 CM (thumbnail)
price: $300
Late Summer 2021

Textbook perfect form and top quality Witherite crystal on matrix from the Minerva Mine. It is not often we see a super Witherite in thumbnail size, this is in perfect condition, no damage and looks fine from any angle. The form of this piece looks much like a classic English Witherite but it is from Illinois where this is a quite rare habit. There were just two important localities for fine Witherites worldwide, Cumbria in the UK and the Minerva Mine in the USA. Both locales are now classics and neither produces anything today. This piece is also intensely fluorescent.

Fluorite - USA classic, vintage 1950
stock #21.1-326
Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
Illinois, United States
4.4 x 3.3 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
price: $280
Late Summer 2021

A nearly pure bright yellow color Fluorite with a tiny faint zone of light blue on some edges. This is an old piece with a tattered label dated 1950. The color and translucency is excellent, there are some edges that are slightly rough, the back and one side are the point of removal. The display side of the two main cubes is in nice condition. There is one round "Barite hole" on a face that adds a nice accent. Close exam of the wider faces shows many geometric growth structures and a little stepping, the luster is wet looking.

Strontianite on Barite
stock #21.1-312
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
Illinois, United States
10.6 x 7.7 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $750
Late Summer 2021

Superb combination specimen of Strontianite crystal ball-clusters on contrasting Barite blades. A classic southern Illinois specimen that is far more esthetic than typical for these species. The famed Fluorites from this mine tend to overshadow the excellent (and more rare) Strontianites. In perfect, undamaged condition, the Barites are in two generations and have a pale blue hue while the Strontianites in "puffball" form are a pale yellow creme color. In person the luster and sparkle are especially impressive. Strontianite is not usually a very attractive mineral but is respected especially from the classic localities on Europe, but not often an attractive specie. This specimen that is as fine as can be found from the USA and far more attractive than usual.

Calcite with Chalcopyrite - USA Classic
stock #21.1-069
Bethel Level, Annabel Lee Mine, Ozark-Mahoning Co.
Illinois, United States
6.7 x 6.7 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $80
Early summer 2021

Calcite crystals in modified rhombs from the Fluorospar region of Illinois. These are dusted with sparkling crystals of Chalcopyrite and have an epitaxial alignment. In very good condition, most of the crystals are perfect and damage-free. The specimen has a small break on the underside where it was removed and some tiny rough spots (.5 mm) are seen with a loupe. An old label from Ross Lillie (North Star Minerals) is with this piece.

Celestite on Calcite
stock #AX-7-024-(294)
Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
Illinois, United States
3.9 x 2.6 x 2.3 CM (small miniature)
price: $180
new year 2021

A small but very esthetic specimen from the prolific Fluorospar region of Southern Illinois. Ex. Larry White collection, the Celestite (or Celestine for many) is a terminated flat prism set on light yellow Calcites. Unusual in its composition, this piece has considerable display impact despite the small size and is in excellent condition. This zone produced many thousands of great Fluorite specimens but very few good Celestites were saved.

Calcite with Fluorite
stock #20.1-256-(1080)
Denton Mine, Harris Creek Sub District, Hardin County
Illinois, United States
6.8 x 4.9 x 3.8 (cabinet)
price: $330
new year 2021

A southern Illinois classic, a mass of transparent, gemmy Calcite crystals are the sparkling background to some small purple to blue Fluorites. The bright luster of these Calcites are hard to appreciate in photos but in person the visual impact is strong. This choice Denton Mine specimen is from the collection of Les Hitchings which he obtained in 1992, from the last period of mining there which produced some exceptional Calcites.

SOLD Fluorite - zoned classic USA
stock #SOLD 15.1-036
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
Illinois, United States
7.2 x 4.8 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
new year 2021

A small cabinet specimen of Fluorite that is mostly yellow but with light blue and purple edges on selected crystals. Nice face structures and etching that is classic for the locale. No matrix except for Fluorite so the whole specimen is translucent and glows well with backlight. Overall in fine condition, there is almost no bruising, but under magnification some tiny bits are noted. Nearly every Fluorite from this region under close inspection has some sort of damage but this is far better than usual, and a relative great value.