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SOLD Wavellite - classic German locale
stock #SOLD 21.1-270
Frankenberg, Mittlesachsen
Saxony, Germany
8.2 x 8.3 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Early summer 2021

Quite old German specimen of Wavellite spheres on slate matrix. The balls of Wavellite are up to 1.4 CM across are translucent and most have a amber brown color. A few broken spheres show the radial structures well and the color of those is a golden greenish hue. A few tiny spheres are nearly black as well. This is a choice piece that has been in the USA for over 60 years, (ex TL Baskin and Dick Hauck with old labels) but is probably far older. The slate outcrops of the Langenstriegis were productive in the mid to late 1800's and these classics are almost never seen on this side of the Atlantic.

Pyrargyrite with Acanthite - classic
stock #20-FC-030-(9124)
Freiberg District, Mittlesachsen
Saxony, Germany
3 x 2.4 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
price: $580
Early summer 2021

A lustrous but dark cluster of well-formed textbook crystals of Pyrargyrite associated with some Acanthite on a little Quartz matrix. Under strong lighting or with magnification the ruby-red reflections and highlights are seen and there are some translucent areas as well. This is a complex piece in that nearly every side has some attractive crystals and it is hard to pick a "best view". An older specimen from a very classic locality where silver was mined since the 1300's.

Cerussite - fine classic German
stock #0030-JM-180
Freiberg District, Mittlesachsen
Saxony, Germany
8.3 x 7.8 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $900
Early summer 2021

A fine old Cerussite cluster with crystals to over 3 CM in a nearly pure cluster. A few thin shards of matrix host dozens of silky luster prisms in very good condition. Ex John Marshall collection with his label, he obtained this in Jan of 1972 from Ron Bentley after Bentley had purchased the stock of the famed Shortmann's minerals. The Schortmann Brothers handled many excellent European classics after the war from several important collections. This piece has a Moritz Lechner (Vienna, Austria) Number 7557 which puts this into the collection well before 1903. Lechner's collection was built mostly in the late 1800's and was one of the best at that time in the region. Lechner was wealthy enough to purchase several important earlier collections, some dating back to the early 1700's. This specimen is unusual and does not look like most other Freiburg Cerussites; it is especially well-crystalized and looks rather like more recent examples from Lower Saxony. We have no exact mine attribution but no matter the exact source this is an excellent vintage German Cerussite.

Silver - classic German locale
stock #20.FC-026-(9123)
Freiberg District, Mittlesachsen
Saxony, Germany
4.6 x 3.3 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
price: $2300
Early summer 2021

A complex tangle of Silver wires and ropy masses rises from a pure Silver matrix composed of smaller wires. An old piece from the classic Freiberg district, this is an especially fine example of several wire forms and has a great overall esthetic. A vintage Deyrolles (Paris) label is included, however the specimen age is not known (Freiberg produced Silver since the 12th century, the last mine closed over a half century ago). In fine condition and with a mix of patina, most is a dark silver-black but there are zones of brighter golden luster which gives great contrast.

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.

Eryrthrite (type locality) with Quartz and Pyrite
stock #16.1-681
Schneeberg Distict, Erzgebirge
Saxony, Germany
5.8 x 4.8 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $180
new year 2021

A German classic specimen covered on all faces with very tiny crystals and crusts of Erythrite. This is the type locality for the mineral though it is not very common there. The underlying matrix is a heavy Cobalt rich mass that probably is Skutterudite or similar since some tiny cubic shapes can be made out under the crusts. A rich "Cobalt bloom" specimen that has some nice sparkle under strong lighting.

Silver - classic locality
stock #20.1-095
Himmelsfurst Mine, Brand Erbisdorf, Freiberg
Saxony, Germany
8.4 x 3.4 x .5 CM (cabinet)
price: $1250
new year 2021

A long, slender tapering wire Silver from the classic Himmelsfurst Mine. The wire if straightened out would be roughly 18 CM long which is sizable for one of these. Very slender overall, at the very end it is just .2 MM thick while at the base it is about 3mm. there is a bifurcation in the lower section that is rather unusual. Nice patina throughout.

Gypsum v. Selenite - twinned, classic
stock #15.1-1023- (CN353)
Eisleben, Mansfeld Basin
Saxony, Germany
12 x 4.9 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $750
new year 2021

Large and with textbook perfect form, this is a killer old German Selenite ex. Lazard Cahn, Charles Noll and others. Lazard Cahn (1865-1940) had a long and highly regarded career as a mineral collector and dealer. His label is vintage 1908-1940, the mine itself is even older, type locale for two species and a classic locale by any definition. The Gypsum is fully transparent, sharp and internal structures and clouds can be clearly seen inside. From some angles the internal structures seem to show a phantom but it is faint. The main crystal twin is doubly terminated and looks fine from any angle but the second photo shows the best view in my opinion.