A superb cabinet sized display specimen of Pyrargyrite crystals in clusters on all sides of the matrix. An antique specimen of "Ruby Silver" from the Sampson Mine in the legendary St. Andreasberg area of the Harz mountains. Most crystals are very lustrous, sharp and show several typical habits. The Pyrargyrite is in both clusters and as isolated prisms, many showing the hexagonal cross section. In excellent condition, the color is however the typical dark silvery black of antique German specimens of this vintage, though with very strong light some of the red color highlights can still be seen. This specimen despite being in collections for over a century and half is in very fine undamaged condition. Ex. Bernbach collection, this is a better in person and certainly the best classic locale Pyrargyrite we have ever offered online.
A fine old "Emerald Nickel" specimen of what was long known as Zaratite, a rare but uncertain composition mineral that may be a mixture and needs more study. This piece from the Wallace G. Levison collection obtained by him in 1895. This also has a rare type of Levison label being fully handwritten and not pre-printed. The specimen clearly shows several shades of green in crusts and tiny transparent blobs. Levison give the locality as the Wheatley Mine in Texas, Pennsylvania but that mine name is likely an error, although this did certainly come from the Texas area in the State Line Chromite Mining district of Lancaster County. A classic and colorful vintage specimen of material that is not often available on the market.
From the classic locality of Frizington, this Barite is a cluster of prisms in parallel position that together form a single elongated crystal. The color is a light yellow but with backlighting is more green. The luster is silky to glassy and the termination is actually many separate, sharp points in a group. From the Dr. Warren Johannson collection obtained before 1940, a nice example of this form and style. in very good condition, complete all around, a British classic from the famed Cumberland Iron Fields with distinctive inclusions of Hematite.
A dark purple cluster of Fluorite cubes with slightly rounded faces that are thickly packed with masses of Boulangerite hairs. In many places the Boulangerite is protruding from the Fluorite making complex nests of metallic wire-like crystals. The specimen is an older (2004) vintage piece from Yaogangxian and is a super example of this association. The Fluorite is transparent to translucent and with magnification the Boulangerite inside the crystals is seen as straight hairs, curved wires and coiled spirals, loops and rings. This find of included Fluorite was remarkable and this specimen is a superb, large example. The specimen is a mix of larger cubes up to 2.5 CM to masses of tiny curved cubes in clusters.
Scheelite with Calcite
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
5.4 x 5.1 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
A very fine Scheelite from the famed Yaogangxian Mine, ex Charles M. Noll collection. The Scheelite is very sharp and glassy, very large for this locality, and has a color that looks like a brown stout or root beer hue in reflected light. When backlit with a strong light source the color is more reddish-purple. Transparent on the edges but translucent overall the Calcite adds a very nice accent. The bottom of the piece is broken where it was attached but some of that area is recrystallized. Fine luster and great striations on the glassy faces help set this piece apart. From the "golden years" at Yaogangxian this is really fine for the locale and a choice dark Scheelite from any place.
Vayrynenite in pink platey masses mixed with glassy massive Topaz and a silky white Muscovite (Gilertite), with a few unknowns as well. From a very complex, exotic pegmatite in Erajarvi, Finland which is the type locale for the rare Berylium Phosphate mineral Vayrynenite. This is a fairly rich specimen though it is not showy at all. An affordable rarity from the type locale, from the R and A Palmer rarities collection.
Malachite - classic, historic
Copper Queen Mine , Bisbee, Cochise County
5.8 x 5.3 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
A deep green botryoidal Malachite ex Wallace Gould Levison collection (NYC), obtained by him in 1894. Levison' usual affixed label has not survived, we have only his notes from the collection ledger regarding this specimen. A photocopy of that page is included. Specimen # 1379
"Malachite, Bisbee, Arizona C.Q. Mine. Bought for 25 cents from Niven at 1st avenue and 37th st. NY. June 6, 1894..."
It is very possible that this is NOT from the Copper Queen mine itself as the Copper Queen Mining company ran many mines in Bisbee and often specimens from Morenci at that time were moved to and sold in Bisbee. These were all often labeled as from the Queen mine. Regardless of the accuracy of the attribution this COULD be a Copper Queen piece but no matter it is a fine old specimen with great provenance. Niven was William Niven who had an active and major business in collector Minerals by 1886. 25 cents was a lot on money at that time, normal appreciation of minerals doubling in price every 7-10 years would make this a rather expensive specimen today, by those terms this is a nice esthetic classic piece and very reasonable.
A very colorful and choice thumbnail of fine violet Vesuvianite crystals with zones of yellow to green in a lustrous cluster. The color pallet on this piece is quite special and very uncommon. Although Vesuvianite is a fairly common mineral, the unusual and vivid colors like this were limited to just one place on earth, the Jeffrey Mine, often from just one pocket or seam. This combination is striking in person, the condition is perfect and clean by naked eye, strong magnification shows some minor outer edge contacts that are not in any way degrading. Even for collections with several good Vesuvianites from this prolific locality this is a nice addition as the combination of hues and the overall form is unusual.