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Auction Description for Heritage Auctions: 2013 June 2 Nature & Science Signature Auction Session 1
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LOT VIEWING Heritage Auctions Design District Annex 1518 Slocum Street • Dallas, TX 75207 Wednesday, May 29 - Saturday, June 1 • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT Sunday, June 2 • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT

2013 June 2 Nature & Science Signature Auction Session 1

by Heritage Auctions


250 lots with images

June 2, 2013

Live Auction

Heritage Auctions | Design District Annex | 1518 Slocum Street

Dallas, TX, 75207 USA

Phone: 800.872.6467

Email: Bid@HA.com

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PREHNITE after LAUMONTITE with APOPHYLLITE Mumbai Distr

Lot 87001: PREHNITE after LAUMONTITE with APOPHYLLITE Mumbai Distr

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Description: PREHNITE after LAUMONTITE with APOPHYLLITE Mumbai District (Bombay District), Maharashtra, India Three minerals makeup this light, mint green confection, two of them are readily apparent, the third - not so much. It started out as a "Jackstraw" jumble of Laumontite, remnants of which can still be seen on the bottom as white blades. The Laumontite subsequently was encrusted with a coating of green Prehnite and following that, blocky crystals of colorless Apophyllite crystallized out on all available surfaces. Condition is quite fine, considering that usually most of these specimens are damaged during their extraction. Overall measurements: 5.19 x 4.63 x 3.94 inches high (14.5 x 12 x 10 cm high). Offered at no reserve Provenance: Keith Proctor [Hoppel Catalog # D0283] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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AQUAMARINE & SCHORL TOURMALINE Dache, Haramosh Mts., Gi

Lot 87002: AQUAMARINE & SCHORL TOURMALINE Dache, Haramosh Mts., Gi

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Description: AQUAMARINE & SCHORL TOURMALINE Dache, Haramosh Mts., Gilgit Dist., Gilgit-Baltistan Div., Pakistan The remote and rugged terrain of the Haramosh Mountains conceals crystal treasures from the eyes of all but the most intrepid of local diggers. A "pocket" in one of the mountain slopes produced this combination specimen formed of an Aquamarine prism united at the base with a Schorl Tourmaline of similar dimensions. The Aqua grades from a medium blue coloration near the base to a pale "powder blue" from the middle on out to the termination. Except for the last ¼ inch of the crystal, which is transparent, there are numerous inclusions extending from the base up to the last transparent section. The Schorl is a well-formed, glassy prism possessing a smaller "sidecar" crystal in parallel orientation. The terminal faces are sharp and they show a matte type of luster, quite different from the sides of the crystal. There are signs of repair to the Schorl and some nicking to the termination of the Aqua, otherwise good condition. Overall measurements: 3 x 2 x 1 inches (7.6 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Pala International [Hoppel Catalog # D1644 ] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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CYANOTRICHITE Grandview (Last Chance) Mine, Grand Canyo

Lot 87003: CYANOTRICHITE Grandview (Last Chance) Mine, Grand Canyo

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Description: CYANOTRICHITE Grandview (Last Chance) Mine, Grand Canyon, Coconino Co., Arizona, USA Fuzzy, blue aggregates looking for purposes like bright blue mold cover the greater proportion of this specimen's surfaces. This relatively rare Copper mineral is confined to the "oxide zone" of Copper ore bodies where percolating, oxygen rich ground water dissolves certain minerals and re-deposits them as slightly different minerals a little further down in the ore body. Typically this process results in an orange-brown iron rich matrix referred to as a "limonitic gossan" or "gossan" for short: a slang word of the Cornish miners for this particular type of geologic evolution. The specimen seen here shows exactly that association, exhibiting an incrustation of green Malachite and blue Cyanotrichite, overcoating a warm-brown gossan matrix of iron oxides. At around 5.5 inches (13.9 cm) long, this specimen is larger than most and is in excellent condition. Overall measurements: 6 x 4 x 2 inches (15.2 x 10.2 x 5.1 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Mountain Minerals, ex. Mike Groben Collection [Hoppel Catalog # D0462] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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KROEHNKITE Chuquicamata Mine, Calama, El Loa Province,

Lot 87004: KROEHNKITE Chuquicamata Mine, Calama, El Loa Province,

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Description: KROEHNKITE Chuquicamata Mine, Calama, El Loa Province, Antofagasta Region, Chile A very sizable, old time specimen of cross-vein type of Kroehnkite with deep teal color that is luscious. Chuquicamata is the Type locality for this rare and soluble Copper mineral and virtually all of the worldwide museum specimens of this mineral are from this locality. At 3.38 inches across by 2.5 x 1.25 inches thick (8.55 x 6.3 x 3.25 cm) this is a massive piece of this material. Vitreous luster is typical and the condition is excellent. Overall measurements: 3.38 x 2.5 x 1.25 inches (8.55 x 6.3 x 3.25 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Pala International [Hoppel Catalog # D0593] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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MALACHITE PSEUDOMORPH after AZURITE New Cornelia Mine (

Lot 87005: MALACHITE PSEUDOMORPH after AZURITE New Cornelia Mine (

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Description: MALACHITE PSEUDOMORPH after AZURITE New Cornelia Mine (Ajo Mine), Ajo, Little Ajo Mts, Ajo District, Pima Co., Arizona, USA This Malachite pseudomorph after Azurite appears to have once been an oval ball of fibrous Malachite that had been liberally sprinkled with sharp, prismatic Azurite crystals and somewhere along the way the Azurite altered to Malachite. This small cabinet specimen is in excellent condition. Overall measurements: 2.5 x 2 x 1.25 inches (6.4 x 5.1 x 3.2 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Western Minerals [Hoppel Catalog # D1139] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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CAVANSITE on STILBITE Pune District (Poonah District),

Lot 87006: CAVANSITE on STILBITE Pune District (Poonah District),

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Description: CAVANSITE on STILBITE Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra, India This is a "cute" and aesthetic combination specimen consisting of a deep blue Cavansite ball gracing the side of a glassy Stilbite crystal. The Stilbite crystal also has contrasting inclusions of either Cavansite or Pentagonite for a little more added complexity. This thumbnail specimen is in excellent condition. Overall measurements: 1 x 1 x 1 inches (2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Collector's Edge [Hoppel Catalog # D1251] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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FLUORITE Hill-Ledford Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Cave-in-Rock

Lot 87007: FLUORITE Hill-Ledford Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Cave-in-Rock

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Description: FLUORITE Hill-Ledford Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Illinois - Kentucky Fluorspar District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA A good "yellow" is a difficult color for Fluorite to manage, especially compared to the literal tons of purple, blue, brown, green, etc. etc. that show up frequently. This is an older specimen from one of the more interesting of the Illinois Fluorspar Mines. Its golden yellow color with just a hint of purple on the faces lends a sense of definition often missing from other specimens. All display surfaces are in pristine condition with glassy luster and just a few tiny Pyrite crystals gracing the near-surface interior of some crystals. The largest cube measures 1.63 inches (3.53 cm) on edge. This is another "sleeper" specimen that deserves a closer look. Overall measurements: 3.56 x 3.06 inches (9.1 x 7.82 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Collector's Edge [Hoppel Catalog #D1977] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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CHALCEDONY on CHRYSOCOLLA Inspiration Mine, Miami-Inspi

Lot 87008: CHALCEDONY on CHRYSOCOLLA Inspiration Mine, Miami-Inspi

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Description: CHALCEDONY on CHRYSOCOLLA Inspiration Mine, Miami-Inspiration deposit, Inspiration, Miami-Inspiration District, Globe-Miami District, Gila Co., Arizona, USA When the cryptocrystalline Copper mineral Chrysocolla gets mixed up or over-coated with Quartz minerals, the combination becomes harder and durable enough to be fashioned into jewelry. As such, it tends to be referred to as "Gem Silica", a term broad enough in interpretation to become virtually meaningless. That doesn't stop fashion conscious individuals from charging high prices for such things. The unadulterated item shown here could easily fall into that vague and ambiguous designation and end up in a brooch or pendant. Due to the colorless, transparent nature of the overlying Chalcedony, the apparent color of the piece is derived from the rounded knobs of Chrysocolla beneath it, producing an effect best described as 'blue frog eggs': the sort of thing one would expect in a "Modernist Cuisine Tasting Menu." All in all, a charming bit of colorful shapes to liven up a collection. Overall measurements: 3.5 x 2.75 x 1 inches (8.9 x 7 x 2.5 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: John Attard [Hoppel Catalog # D1393] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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RHODOCHROSITE Good Luck Pocket, Main Stope, Home Sweet

Lot 87009: RHODOCHROSITE Good Luck Pocket, Main Stope, Home Sweet

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Description: RHODOCHROSITE Good Luck Pocket, Main Stope, Home Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado, USA This complex, single crystal of Rhodochrosite from the Sweet Home Mine has good dark color and complex rhombic faces. Great luster on all but the back, and two sides, which are cleaved. Overall measurements: 2.31 x 2.06 x .56 inches (5.95 x 5.2 x 1.4 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Mountain Minerals, ex. Collector's Edge # SH 1467 [Hoppel Catalog # D0004] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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ADAMITE Mina Ojuela, Municipio de Mapimí, Durango, Mexi

Lot 87010: ADAMITE Mina Ojuela, Municipio de Mapimí, Durango, Mexi

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Description: ADAMITE Mina Ojuela, Municipio de Mapimí, Durango, Mexico Established in 1598, the Mina Ojuela has been a source of exquisite and varied mineral specimens for over 400 years, during its operation for Lead, Copper and Silver. During that time, some 117 different minerals have been identified from the mine. It was relatively late in that history (1946) that the first Adamite was found at Ojuela. Since that discovery literally tons of specimens have been recovered. The best material is composed of 'wheels' of radiating Adamite crystal with depressed centers arranged on a cavernous limonitic matrix the color of burnt sienna. Here, a grouping of 5+ "wheels", are artfully arranged over just such a matrix. The Adamite shows the deeper, almost lime green color and shining luster that the best of Ojuela pieces display. The largest 'wheel' is a little more than 1 inch (27 mm) across. As is typical of Ojuela pieces, the Adamite fluoresces a bright green in SW ultra-violet light. The specimen is in pristine condition with no observable damage. Overall measurements: 4 x 3 x 2.5 inches (10.2 x 7.6 x 6.4 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Dan Weinrich (with the notation WW2330 on the back) [Hoppel Catalog # D1867]

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CUPRITE Emke Mine, Onganja, Seeis, Khomas Region, Namib

Lot 87011: CUPRITE Emke Mine, Onganja, Seeis, Khomas Region, Namib

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Description: CUPRITE Emke Mine, Onganja, Seeis, Khomas Region, Namibia For a short while, the Emke Mine, commonly referred to as the "Onganja Mine," produced positively huge crystals of Cuprite over coated with Malachite. The matte green Malachite coating is very reminiscent of billiards baize. If this coating is removed then the transparent ruby nature of the underlying Cuprite is revealed. The high refractive index of this material gives the cut stones a metallic, mirror-like luster that is quite unusual. As a result, a large percentage of these crystals were fashioned into rare collector stones, bringing seriously high prices on a per carat basis. [See Lot 87121 for a facetted Cuprite from this mine.] Undoubtedly, a considerable amount of cut stones could be produced from this specimen, were it to be cut: an action both irreversible and barbaric. This example is notable because at 2.75 inches (7 cm) across, it is extremely large for this material and locality. It may be, as one of its previous owners opined: "Ostensibly the largest Cuprite crystal on matrix extant." The giant octahedron with cubic and dodecahedral modifications, is incomplete, showing an attachment point on one back surface and obvious signs of 'contact' where other Cuprite crystals adjoined it, also on the rear. Since this does not impact the frontal view, these liabilities are minimal. Overall measurements: 3 x 3.5 x 2.5 inches (7.6 x 8.9 x 6.4 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Ex. Richard Kosnar Collection with RAK #2-74SWA on back. [Hoppel Catalog # D1752] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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APATITE Liscombe Deposite, Wilberforce, Monmouth Townsh

Lot 87012: APATITE Liscombe Deposite, Wilberforce, Monmouth Townsh

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Description: APATITE Liscombe Deposite, Wilberforce, Monmouth Township, Haliburton Co., Ontario, Canada A number of adjectives can be applied to this miniature Apatite specimen: gemmy, aesthetic, cute, bright, glowing, and fine. Expertly extracted and prepared, it has been stabilized to insure that the Apatite crystal does not become dislodged from its perch. The Apatite is double terminated and sits on a thin ridge of matrix flanked by secondary Apatite crystals that add complexity and contrast. It is in excellent condition. Overall measurements: 2.25 x 1.25 x 1 inches (5.7 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Tyson's Fine Minerals [Hoppel Catalog # D1843] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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STILBITE on APOPHYLLITE Jalgaon District, Maharashtra,

Lot 87013: STILBITE on APOPHYLLITE Jalgaon District, Maharashtra,

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Description: STILBITE on APOPHYLLITE Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India A more apt description would be Apophyllite intersected by Stilbite, since that is how the two crystals are intertwined. The Apophyllite is a pastel green prism that is cloudy near the base but rises to a completely transparent and gemmy point that is absolutely pristine. Halfway up its side is a pale salmon pink Stilbite crystal that extends across and out of the Apophyllite. There is an assortment of ancillary Stilbite crystals at the base to give further accent to this excellent specimen. Overall measurements: 3 x 2 x 1.25 inches (7.6 x 5.1 x 3.2 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Mountain Minerals [Hoppel Catalog # D0173] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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DIOPSIDE with HESSONITE Ala Valley, Lanzo Valley, Sesia

Lot 87014: DIOPSIDE with HESSONITE Ala Valley, Lanzo Valley, Sesia

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Description: DIOPSIDE with HESSONITE Ala Valley, Lanzo Valley, Sesia-Lanzo Zone, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy This cute little miniature-sized specimen features several light green, doubly terminated Diopside crystals on a contrasting matrix of cinnamon brown Hessonite Garnet. The Diopsides measure 3.56 cm at their longest and the largest Hessonite is approximately 9 mm across. The luster is glassy and the condition is excellent. It has an old label affixed with notation "15950" with "529" underneath. Overall measurements:1.5 x 2 inches (3.9 x 5.03 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Rocksmiths [Hoppel Catalog # D0158] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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NATIVE COPPER CRYSTAL INSIDE OF COPPER VUG Keweenaw Pen

Lot 87015: NATIVE COPPER CRYSTAL INSIDE OF COPPER VUG Keweenaw Pen

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Description: NATIVE COPPER CRYSTAL INSIDE OF COPPER VUG Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA During the course of mining the enormously rich Copper lodes of the Upper Peninsula, as the locals call it, there were a number of forms of Native Copper encountered that are unique to the area. Rounded, hollow structures of metallic Copper called "skulls" (for their obvious resemblance to the other variety) are found only here. In addition, many of the mines produced actual crystals of Copper as well. What couldn't be anticipated was a hybrid that mixed those two types. As far as we know, this little wonder has no siblings: i.e. there is only one. Like a diminutive Faberge egg, the rounded exterior conceals a sharp dodecahedral Copper crystal peering out from the dark interior of the "skull." Because that crystal blocks the hollow interior of the "skull," there is a different view of the same crystal when viewed from a second "cavity" on the opposite side. The patina is the classic one acquired by Native Copper specimens that have been out of the ground for a very long time. Overall measurements: 3 x 2 x 1.5 inches (7.6 x 6.4 x 3.8 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: ex. Keith Proctor Collection [Hoppel Catalog # D1782] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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WULFENITE with HISTORY Erupción Mine (Ahumada Mine), Lo

Lot 87016: WULFENITE with HISTORY Erupción Mine (Ahumada Mine), Lo

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Description: WULFENITE with HISTORY Erupción Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mts (Sierra de Los Lamentos), Mun. de Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico Historic can be applied to this classic and brilliantly lustrous example from one of the premier localities for Wulfenite. As far as history and provenance goes: in 1949 it was acquired for $40 by legendary miner, dealer, and explorer Ed Over. In 1950, it was valued at $50, and in 1967 it was re-valued to $200. This was probably when another legend in the early mineral business, E. Mitchell Gunnell, got it from Ed Over. When the Gunnell collection was sold, it then went to dealer David New, who sold his collection through Gene Schlepp of Western Minerals, who placed it into the Hoppel Collection in 1998. In appearance it is a solid mass of zoned, 'caramel' colored, Wulfenite crystals up to ½ inch on edge, completely covering a very small amount of limonite matrix - the Wulfenite crystals all exhibit very high luster. The backside shows the same coverage, but with an Endlichite coating characteristic of Ahumada pieces. The condition of this is lustrous piece of history is excellent or better, depending on your tolerance for minuscule 'Wilbers'. Overall measurements: 6.5 x 4.25 x 4.31 inches (16.5 x 12 x 11 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Western Minerals, ex. Dave New, ex. E. Mitchell Gunnell, ex. Ed Over [Hoppel Catalog # D1699] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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IRIDESCENT SIDERITE Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia (Kisbánya), B

Lot 87017: IRIDESCENT SIDERITE Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia (Kisbánya), B

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Description: IRIDESCENT SIDERITE Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia (Kisbánya), Baia Mare (Nagybánya), Maramures Co., Romania This very fine iridescent Siderite specimen sparkles as if it is comprised of thousands of tiny mirrors - creating a shimmering aura of color that ranges from green to blue to gold to yellow and even has hints of pink highlights. Its stalactitic form is also quite striking - there is even a complete open "loop" of Siderite - which adds to the ethereal quality of this large cabinet specimen. It is in excellent condition. Overall measurements: 8 x 4 x 3 inches (20.3 x 10.2 x 7.6 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Dan Weinrich [Hoppel Catalog # D1762] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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SPODUMENE var. KUNZITE Mawi pegmatite, Nilaw-Kolum Pegm

Lot 87018: SPODUMENE var. KUNZITE Mawi pegmatite, Nilaw-Kolum Pegm

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Description: SPODUMENE var. KUNZITE Mawi pegmatite, Nilaw-Kolum Pegmatite Field, Du Ab Dist., Nuristan Prov., Afghanistan Kunzite has two styles of formation: one is a flat, bladed type, much wider than it is thick and the other is fairly equant in cross section. The doubly-terminated crystal seen here is almost square in cross-section: 1.5 x 1.31 inches (3.77 x 3.43 cm), making the fuchsia coloration seem a lot more saturated than normal. One of the two terminations bears the typical 'chisel' form, while the second shows signs of having been attached to a pocket wall at some point in its growth, then being detached while still in the growth cycle. This results in the development of faces but ones not as clearly defined as those at the other end. Coloration is almost all violet in hue with the exception of a small bit of colorless material at one termination. Surfaces range from heavily striated to smoothly glassy and there are a couple of minuscule nicks to one edge, otherwise the condition is excellent. Overall measurements: 8.63 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches (22 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Western Minerals [Hoppel Catalog # D1185] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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CADMIAN SMITHSONITE  Oronogo, Oronogo Field, Tri-State

Lot 87019: CADMIAN SMITHSONITE Oronogo, Oronogo Field, Tri-State

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Description: CADMIAN SMITHSONITE Oronogo, Oronogo Field, Tri-State Dist., Jasper Co., Missouri, USA A non-descript Lead mine near the burgeoning metropolis of Webb City is the source of the Smithsonite oddity seen here. The overall form is one of an epimorph of Smithsonite, originally overcoating a couple of Calcite crystals. The Calcite subsequently dissolved away leaving hollow 'cast' of the former occupants. Sometime later, a second period of Smithsonite deposition took place, only this time the Smithsonite contained a small amount of the element Cadmium giving the outer and inner layers a yellow tint. This unusual specimen is in excellent condition and the luster is somewhat matte over the botryoidal surface of the piece. Overall measurements: 2.06 x 1.5 x .875 inches (5.3 x 3.8 x 2.23 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: John Attard [Hoppel Catalog # D1847] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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AMAZONITE R.A.K. Claim, Lake George, Park Co., Colorado

Lot 87020: AMAZONITE R.A.K. Claim, Lake George, Park Co., Colorado

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Description: AMAZONITE R.A.K. Claim, Lake George, Park Co., Colorado, USA This Amazonite is a classic miniature group of 3 major and several minor well-formed crystals of this most colorful of Feldspars. The snowy white Albite provides a perfect background for the turquoise-blue Amazonite. This fine specimen is in excellent condition with no damage and has Richard Kosnar collection #RAK17. Overall measurements: 2.75 x 2.25 inches (6.9 cm x 5.8 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Ex. R.A. Kosnar Collection #RAK17 [Hoppel Catalog # D0508] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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LAZURITE Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Bada

Lot 87021: LAZURITE Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Bada

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Description: LAZURITE Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan Lazurite, the primary component of Lapis Lazuli, has been coveted by "fashionistas" as far back as 3300 BC. We know this because archaeologists keep finding pieces of the stuff in places where there are no deposits: such as Egypt or Syria. Although it has been around for about as long as written language, only recently have researchers visited the producing mines, located in a remote and forbidding part of Afghanistan, where actual crystals of Lazurite are found. Their unique character has since made them quite desirable, particularly if they are still in the white marble matrix that hosts them. Here we have a beautifully exposed group of indigo blue dodecahedrons embedded in coarsely crystalline white marble with a cloud of Pyrite crystals in the middle of the group. The backside of the piece shows several other embedded crystals of incomplete morphology, along with an unidentified mica. This is an excellent matrix example, professionally prepared. The Collector's Edge label lists "Firgamu" as the location, but there is some dispute as to whether this is a valid mine or just another name for one of the mines at the Ladjuar Medam site. Overall measurements: 3.25 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches (8.3 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Collector's Edge [Hoppel Catalog # D1471] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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TOURMALINE on CLEAVELANDITE Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., S

Lot 87022: TOURMALINE on CLEAVELANDITE Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., S

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Description: TOURMALINE on CLEAVELANDITE Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu Dist., Gilgit-Baltistan Division, Pakistan This is a very desirable piece for a rather mundane reason. It is the whiter than white colorless blades of Cleavelandite that really makes the specimen stand out. The pearly luster combined with the flower-like form of the bladed masses is in stark contrast to the dark simplicity of the Tourmaline prisms. The crowning glory is that not only is the Cleavelandite: snow-white, it's also atypically undamaged, as are the Tourmalines. This is rare in a country where almost everything is transported on foot or thrown in the back of a truck driven over unpaved roads for many kilometers. Overall measurements: 5.5 x 3 x 2.5 inches (14 x 7.6 x 6.4 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: D. Blauwet, Mountain Minerals [Hoppel Catalog # D1211] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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SUOLUNITE Black Lake Mine, Thetford, Quebec, Canada

Lot 87023: SUOLUNITE Black Lake Mine, Thetford, Quebec, Canada

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Description: SUOLUNITE Black Lake Mine, Thetford, Quebec, Canada Originally thought to be Prehnite, Suolunite from Thetford is a lot more rare than Prehnite. All of the better Suolunite specimens came from one find in the 1990's. All of the blue material, such as this one, came from that find. In appearance, it does look just like a blue version of Prehnite, forming gray-blue globular aggregates of small crystals arranged in a swirling pattern and bearing the same sort of matte luster seen on many Prehnites. The largest crystal 'globe' measures 1.44 inches (3.6 cm) and the condition is excellent. Overall measurements: 1.88 x 1.75 x 1.5 inches (4.83 x 4.49 x 3.8 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Victor Yount [Hoppel Catalog # D2191] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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AURICHALCITE Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Magdalena District,

Lot 87024: AURICHALCITE Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Magdalena District,

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Description: AURICHALCITE Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA This botryoidal Aurichalcite specimen has a velvety appearance and is a deep blue-green color. It is in fine condition and bears an unidentified typed accession #157 on the bottom. Overall measurements: 3 x 1.5 x .5 inches (7.6 x 3.8 x 1.3 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: John Attard [Hoppel Catalog # D1969] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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VESUVIANITE Jeffrey Mine (Johns-Manville Mine), Asbesto

Lot 87025: VESUVIANITE Jeffrey Mine (Johns-Manville Mine), Asbesto

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Description: VESUVIANITE Jeffrey Mine (Johns-Manville Mine), Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada This is one of the finest Vesuvianites from this closed locality, with doubly terminated stout prisms to 1.31 inches (3.3 cm) in length. The color is the bright grass green that the Jeffrey Mine was noted for and the luster is brilliantly reflective. One or two spots are rough but overall condition is quite fine. It bears the unidentified collection # SH15 on bottom. Overall measurements: 1.5 x 1.31 x 1.06 inches (3.8 x 3.35 x 2.76 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: John Attard [Hoppel Catalog # D1800] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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VESUVIANITE Jeffrey Mine (Johns-Manville Mine), Asbesto

Lot 87026: VESUVIANITE Jeffrey Mine (Johns-Manville Mine), Asbesto

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Description: VESUVIANITE Jeffrey Mine (Johns-Manville Mine), Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada Many lovely things have come from the Jeffrey Mine while it was being operated for Asbestos. Some of the most desirable of Jeffrey specimens were a variety of Vesuvianite colored a deep purple by Manganese incorporated in the crystal structure. The best of these show lustrous, striated faces and flat terminations, occasionally with small gemmy areas. There is no matrix, which is normal for most of these, and the specimen displays equally well from any direction. There may be spots where the piece was in contact with others nearby but it is very hard to tell where those spots might be, given the complexity of the piece. Overall measurements: 2.19 x 1.19 inches (5.6 x 3.0 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: John Attard [Hoppel Catalog # D1801] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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MARCASITE Cap Blanc-Nez (Escalles), Pas-de-Calais, Nord

Lot 87027: MARCASITE Cap Blanc-Nez (Escalles), Pas-de-Calais, Nord

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Description: MARCASITE Cap Blanc-Nez (Escalles), Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Not every mineral locality has a WW II German gun emplacement guarding it from sea-borne attackers, but this one does. Well, actually the guns have been spiked some time ago, but the ruins are still there. The collecting locality is along the beach and best approached at low tide. Delicately centered upon a gray limestone matrix, this razor-sharp group of brassy Marcasite crystals seems to explode in all directions in iridescent splendor. The primary grouping is 1.5 inches (3.9 cm) across and there is a smaller secondary group off to one side. This example is as sharp and as perfect as they come. Overall measurements: 4.5 x 3 x 3.25 inches (11.4 x 7.6 x 8.3 cm). Offered at no reserve Provenance: John Attard [Hoppel Catalog # D1654] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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CREEDITE Santa Eulalia, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Chihuah

Lot 87028: CREEDITE Santa Eulalia, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Chihuah

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Description: CREEDITE Santa Eulalia, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, Mexico So many minerals are often first researched, analyzed and described from material that turns out later to be of less than stellar quality. So it was with Creedite, first noted in 1916 from a Fluorite mine near Creede, Colorado. Since 1916, several other localities have been found, some with attractive and colorful examples. The various mines around Santa Eulalia in Chihuahua, Mexico, occasionally come up with specimens like this one: a gently rounded mass of medium purple crystals of excellent luster. There are single crystals up to ½ inch (1.25 cm), and it is in pristine condition. Overall measurements: 3.25 x 2.25 x 1.25 inches (8.3 x 5.8 x 3.2 cm). Offered at no reserve Provenance: Hoppel Catalog # D1510 [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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MUSCOVITE Ipê mine, Governador Valadares, Doce Valley,

Lot 87029: MUSCOVITE Ipê mine, Governador Valadares, Doce Valley,

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Description: MUSCOVITE Ipê mine, Governador Valadares, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil Like a geometric sculpture rising from two clouds of white Cleavelandite, the golden hexagon of Muscovite central to this piece looks machined or manufactured, yet Nature was the only machinist involved in its production. From point to point, the Muscovite measures 2.689 inches (6.81 cm) contrary to the accompanying label, which claims 3 inches. Both it and the very fine Cleavelandite matrix that it rises from are in excellent or pristine condition. Overall measurements: 4.25 x 2.25 x 2.75 inches (10.8 x 5.7 x 7 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Keith Proctor [Hoppel Catalog # D0429] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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HEMATITE North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria

Lot 87030: HEMATITE North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria

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Description: HEMATITE North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England, UK The Iron mines of Cumberland have been very notable for the infrequent production of Hematite specimens of various types. One of the famous ones is "kidney ore" the botryoidal form of Hematite, that resembles to a greater or lesser degree the main constituent of steak and kidney pie. This classic example shows the red on black, metallic surface finish typical of this form of Hematite and the multiple rounded forms so typical as well. This fine example has a fine pedigree as it has graced a number of fine collections. Overall measurements: 3.94 x 2.5 x 2.06 inches (9.95 x 6.3 x 5.22 cm). Offered at no reserve Provenance: Western Minerals, ex. David Garske, ex. Robert Thompson Collection [Hoppel Catalog # D0709] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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LIROCONITE Wheal Gorland, St. Day United Mines (Poldice

Lot 87031: LIROCONITE Wheal Gorland, St. Day United Mines (Poldice

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Description: LIROCONITE Wheal Gorland, St. Day United Mines (Poldice Mines), Gwennap, Camborne-Redruth-St. Day District, Cornwall, England, UK Of all the Copper Arsenates, Liroconite has to be the prettiest. The depth of the turquoise blue color is best appreciated in person, as the saturation of color is extreme. Wheal Gorland was the source of the 'type species' and this locality still stands as the premier one for this mineral. Classic Wheal Gorland Liroconite tends to appear as flattened octahedrons, as it does here, in crystals up to 1.0 cm in width. This Liroconite specimen is both massive and crystalline, with the best crystals being sheltered in a hollow spot on the piece. It has the typical dark brown matrix with green areas, probably Olivenite. The crystals are in fine condition and the massive Liroconite is just that: massive. This classic specimen is quite well documented with labels from the past. Overall Measurements: 2.06 x 1.75 x 1 inches (5.1 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: John Attard, ex. Edna Doughtry Collection #552, ex. High A. Ford Collection #RA 539 [Hoppel Catalog # D1858] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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NATIVE COPPER Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA

Lot 87032: NATIVE COPPER Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA

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Description: NATIVE COPPER Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA A lattice of elongate Copper crystals provides the theme for the abstract sculpture seen here. Sharply defined groups of crystals, some up to 4 inches long, with a wonderful chocolate-brown patina, crisscross open areas allowing inspection, both into and through the specimen. Were this specimen made of plastic, the sheer beauty of form that it possesses would still qualify it as a superb sculpture. As a product of Nature's foundry, it is stunning in its appeal. According to anecdotal records, the specimen (bearing accession # B-50153) was formerly in the Wayne State University Collection. Given the fine patina, an educated guess would date this specimen to at least the early 1900s, if not earlier - it is a shame that the fog of time has obscured the origins of this wonderful Native Copper "sculpture." Overall measurements: 8 x 4 x 1 inches (20.3 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Keith Proctor [Hoppel Catalog # D0039] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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STIBNITE Lubilhac, Haute-Loire, Auvergne, France

Lot 87033: STIBNITE Lubilhac, Haute-Loire, Auvergne, France

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Description: STIBNITE Lubilhac, Haute-Loire, Auvergne, France Most highly esteemed minerals are derived from a few, well-known localities. As such, it is easy to overlook discoveries made in bygone eras or obscure places and currently represented by the tiny number of specimens not already lost to natural disasters, war, or just plain ignorance of their worth/history. This Stibnite is a prime example of that observation. Besides the obviously different crystal habit, its unusual origins are substantiated by an accompanying label indicating that it is from the Lubilhac district in the Haute-Loire of France. French Stibnites are as rare as the proverbial 'Hen's Teeth.' A search of extant records indicates that a more accurate and definitive origin of the best examples to be from the Mine de Dahu of the Concession de Lubilhac*. This is in accord with the high quality of the piece and the S. Henson Label indicating Lubilhac origin. It almost certainly dates to the period of 1888-1914 that encompassed the majority of the areas' Antimony production. Like older Japanese specimens it displays a faint iridescent cast to the dark, metallic luster of the crystal faces. Unlike most other Stibnite specimens, it also shows a distinctive, "feathery" surface texture on the exposed prism faces that is quite unique, another proof of its' origin. The specimen is formed of a number of stout prisms, fanning out in various directions and ending in terminations that appear to be composed of stacked 'sheets' oriented parallel with the 'C' crystallographic axis. Although not the equal in size of the giant Japanese or Chinese examples, when considered against Stibnites from other world localities, it must be noted that this is still a sizable representative of the species. Considering the delicacy of the terminal faces, it is clear that its considerable worth was appreciated from the first moments of its discovery by a miner to its current position in the Hoppel Collection. It is in remarkably pristine condition, particularly considering its age. Overall measurements: 8.5 x 5 inches (21.6 x 12.7 cm). Offered at no reserve. *Reference C. Vialaron: La Mine d'Antimoine de Dau, 127p, Le-Puy-en-Velay (1999) Provenance: Dave Bunk, S. Henson label [Hoppel Catalog # D1527] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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HESSITE Botes, Alba Co., Transylvania, Romania

Lot 87034: HESSITE Botes, Alba Co., Transylvania, Romania

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Description: HESSITE Botes, Alba Co., Transylvania, Romania As unimpressive as this specimen appears on the first viewing, with continued examination the real quality becomes apparent. This is an exceedingly complex arrangement of Hessite microcrystals over-coating a number of larger single crystals perched at the top of a triangular 'carpet' of stubby, colorless quartz crystals on matrix. Like many of the Silver minerals, their intrinsic value resulted in few of them being spared from destruction in the smelters of the period. Any Hessite crystals are automatically 'significant' due to scarcity of the Nature's supply, coupled with their value as a concentrated source of Silver. Most Romanian examples are old, coming from mines long shuttered and forgotten - and this specimen is no exception judging from the very old V. Lübecker Museum label that accompanies it. Underlying crystals range up to around .4 inch (1 cm) in length and sport a secondary overcoat of micro Hessites that give the assemblage a granular surface texture. In excellent condition with signs of 'recent' trimming on the obverse side. This is a rare and desirable addition to the cabinet of any discerning and sophisticated collector. Overall Measurements: 2 x 3 x 1.5 inches (5.1 x 7.6 x 3.8 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Dan Weinrich, ex. V. Lübecker Museum (#194) [Hoppel Catalog # D1865] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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TOURMALINE Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts, Skardu District, Ba

Lot 87035: TOURMALINE Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts, Skardu District, Ba

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Description: TOURMALINE Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan This is a nice little combination miniature specimen featuring two double terminated Tourmalines flanked with a double terminated transparent Quartz with a light coat of Cleavelandite and Cookeite. The Tourmaline shows a nice blue towards the tips and there is no damage. The luster is glassy for both the Tourmalines and the Quartz. The Tourmalines measure 2 inches (5.0 cm) in length and the specimen is in excellent condition. Overall Measurements: 1.06 x 1.44 x 2 inches (2.77 x 3.65 x 5.15 cm). Offered at no reserve Provenance: North Star Minerals [Hoppel Catalog # D2147] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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DOLOMITE Boldut Mine, Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramure

Lot 87036: DOLOMITE Boldut Mine, Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramure

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Description: DOLOMITE Boldut Mine, Cavnic (Kapnic; Kapnik), Maramures Co., Romania Like peas scattered over a bed of coarse salt, these globular little Calcite clusters on sparkling Quartz appear to be something other than minerals. Their color seems to gradually shift from a tan color on one side that matches the brown-pink of the curved Dolomite groups next to them, to a pure white that contrasts sharply. All crystals are in perfect condition. Records indicate that this particular specimen was mined in 2000. Overall measurements: 6.25 x 4.31 inches (16 x 11 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: North Star Minerals [Hoppel Catalog # D2146] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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CERUSSITE Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

Lot 87037: CERUSSITE Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

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Description: CERUSSITE Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia Classic gemmy, reticulated, specimen of Cerussite from one of the premier localities of this mineral on the planet. This one is quite transparent and rather thick for crystals of its type. The smoky coloration is not unusual for Tsumeb, but the relative freedom from damage is: most are still as they formed, although a few of blades are broken. Luster is good with a number of tiny growth features visible in reflected light. The crystal's longest dimension is 3.19 inches. Condition is quite excellent. Overall measurements: 3.56 x 2.5 inches (9.0 x 6.3 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Williams Minerals [Hoppel Catalog # D0687] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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HAUERITE Destricella Mine, Raddusa, Catania Prov., Sici

Lot 87038: HAUERITE Destricella Mine, Raddusa, Catania Prov., Sici

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Description: HAUERITE Destricella Mine, Raddusa, Catania Prov., Sicily, Italy Every well-rounded mineral cabinet needs a good example of this quite uncommon Manganese mineral from the defunct sulfur mine of Destricella, near Raddusa (The City of Wheat), Sicily. These black and somewhat lusterless crystals command interest from sophisticated collectors all out of proportion to their meager aesthetics. The Destricella material is usually seen as some form of simple octahedron, with anything over 2 cm on edge being a "big one". Since this is .875 (2.2 cm) on edge, this sharp example qualifies as a large specimen and, with the exception of a flat area on the bottom (possibly a crude cube face) is actually quite good for the species and locality. As is the case with other minerals of restricted supply, it is highly unlikely that the market will be swamped by new material anytime soon. Overall measurements: .875 x .875 x .875 inches (2.2 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Western Minerals, ex. Shortman's Minerals: "From Exhibition & Sale in New York City, March 17 and 18, 1950." [Hoppel Catalog # D1677] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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RUTILE Moreau Claim, Champion Mine Area, White Mts., In

Lot 87039: RUTILE Moreau Claim, Champion Mine Area, White Mts., In

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Description: RUTILE Moreau Claim, Champion Mine Area, White Mts., Inyo Co., California, USA Although the overall appearance of this specimen is that of a Champion Mine Rutile, the considerable size of the crystal - 1.63 inches (4.2 cm) indicates that it may well be from the Moreau Claim, which the literature states produced crystals up to 2 inches (5.08 cm): considerably larger than the ones from the "Rutile Chute" area normally collected. Accompanying data indicates that it was collected pre-1960, which is in accord with the Moreau data also. Besides the rare crystal form and blood red on black coloration, which are entirely consistent with Champion Mine origin, the unusual Pyrophyllite matrix is absolutely in accordance as well. The large crystal shows some nicks and an internal fracture but is otherwise in fine shape for a Rutile of this size. The luster is brilliantly adamantine to metallic. Overall measurements: 4 x 2 x 2.5 inches (10.2 x 5.1 x 6.4 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Western Minerals; there is collection label with the notation #2116 "B.W." 1960, accompanied with a custom engraved label. [Hoppel Catalog # D0037] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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SULFUR Cianciana, Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily

Lot 87040: SULFUR Cianciana, Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily

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Description: SULFUR Cianciana, Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily, Italy Progress is sometimes a good thing, sometimes not. In the case of excellent Sulfur specimens formerly provided by the mines of Sicily - it is both. There is little doubt that while the Sicilian mines were in operation, the finest crystallized specimens known were produced as a byproduct of "commercial mining": a recent term compared to the long history of this element and its importance to Sicily. The good side of progress regarding sulfur production in Sicily, is that there isn't any. That means the hellish conditions endured by underground miners of the mineral are over. As Booker T. Washington observed after a visit to the area: "I am not prepared just now to say to what extent I believe in a physical hell in the next world, but a Sulphur mine in Sicily is about the nearest thing to hell that I expect to see in this life."* Heat, lung-destroying gases and backbreaking toil were the lot of the Carusi, as the indentured "mine-boys" were called. The development of the Frasch process of sulfur recovery from deep wells on the Gulf Coast of the U.S. put a stop to the evil working conditions of the Sicilian Sulfur mine, by putting them out of business. It also put a stop to the 'by-product' specimen production that helped the miners make a little extra something, to improve their wretched existence. That's the bad side of progress. While those Sicilian mines were in operation, some miner took the trouble to carefully extract, protect and carry to surface, this exquisite example. Thick, three-dimensional groups of rich "Sulfur" yellow crystals up to one inch across, are piled in multiple clusters, all over a matrix of colorless, tiny Aragonite crystals typical of material from the Cianciana Mine. A minor amount of dark bitumen, a naturally associated hydrocarbon, tints a few areas. This is further evidence of their Sicilian origin. It is in excellent condition with none of the problems usually seen in material of this size and age. Overall measurements: 7 x 5 x 4.5 inches (17.8 x 12.7 x 11.4 cm). Offered at no reserve. Reference: *Washington, Booker T. The Man Farthest Down: A Record of Observation and Study In Europe. 1912. Provenance: Keith Proctor [Hoppel Catalog # D1599] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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AZURITE Czar Mine, Bisbee, Warren District, Cochise Co.

Lot 87041: AZURITE Czar Mine, Bisbee, Warren District, Cochise Co.

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Description: AZURITE Czar Mine, Bisbee, Warren District, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA Copper made the frontier town of Bisbee, Arizona what it is today: a sunny winter home for snowbird retirees and rustic artists. Previously, the lure of rich ore and easy money once encouraged herds of miners to strip the walls of Azurite lined caves to feed the primitive copper smelters of the 1800's. Now the locals strip-mine tourists passing through: some things don't change. A few period pictures record that were splendid "jeweled chambers," first encountered when the deposit was originally opened. Very little of that splendor remains today, only the occasional re-appearance of a specimen saved by a miner from destruction and liberated from a box under a bed or the back of a closet. Of the previous owners, the one most likely to have searched out this specimen was Richard "Dick" Graeme: a mineral collector of considerable sagacity and fame. For years, Mr. Graeme was employed by Phelps-Dodge, the chief mining company of the area, in an executive capacity. A fringe benefit of his employment in Bisbee was a free hand in exploring the old workings in his spare time: something any red-blooded field collector would give assorted parts of their anatomy for. Dick being a red-blooded field collector took full advantage of this opportunity for after-hours pillaging. In fact, there is a notation on the back of his collection card that accompanies the specimen that states "D Graeme - Collected 1953 - 200 Level." This is very much the type of massive Azurite that lined the caves encountered in the mine. Both sides are liberally festooned with grape-sized clusters of deep blue, bladed Azurite crystals. With the exception of a few small patches of green Malachite, the piece seems to be made of solid Azurite. Luster varies from fine to brilliant depending on which side is being looked at. There are a few 'dings' but the extreme number of shining faces simply overwhelms the brain. Overall measurements: 7 x 5.5 x 2.5 inches (17.8 x 14 x 6.4 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Keith Williams, ex. Richard Graeme Collection with "Graeme 408" on one edge. [Hoppel Catalog # D0302] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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STRONTIANITE Minerva No. 1 Mine, Ozark-Mahoning Group,

Lot 87042: STRONTIANITE Minerva No. 1 Mine, Ozark-Mahoning Group,

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Description: STRONTIANITE Minerva No. 1 Mine, Ozark-Mahoning Group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Illinois - Kentucky Fluorspar District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA Possibly the largest Strontianite group known from this locality. Spiny white sprays of Strontianite weave a sinuous pattern on dark reddish Sphalerite, accompanied by yellow and blue cubes of accessory Fluorite. The "conga line" of Strontianite is approximately 4.56 inches (11.6 cm) long and there are a few separate sprays as well. This specimen is in excellent condition, with a few broken 'spines' on the side. Steve Neely's accession # 556 is on the back. Overall measurements: 4.56 x 3 x 3.94 inches (11.6 x 7.65 x 9.95 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Collector's Edge, ex. Steve Neely Collection #556 [Hoppel Catalog #D1946] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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LIMONITE on PYRITE Lake Monroe Spillway, Monroe Co., In

Lot 87043: LIMONITE on PYRITE Lake Monroe Spillway, Monroe Co., In

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Description: LIMONITE on PYRITE Lake Monroe Spillway, Monroe Co., Indiana, USA Pyrite: the "Fools Gold" of numerous tales, is a changeable mineral. Pyrite can burn (causing mine fires), it can replace fossils, and finally Pyrite breaks down in water (but not quickly). It is the last of these actions that is responsible for the features of the specimen seen here. Both of the poly-crystalline Pyrite groups show a brown surface alteration to Limonite (Iron Hydroxide) caused by loss of Sulfur from contact with oxygenated ground water. This results in an exterior coating that retains the form of the Pyrite, but not the chemical identity. The matrix is an off-white limestone that commonly hosts Pyrite crystals in sedimentary deposits. The condition of both of the crystal groups is pristine with no damage. Overall measurements: 6 x 3 x 2 inches (15.2 x 7.6 x 5.1 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Williams Minerals [Hoppel Catalog # D0611] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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QUARTZ with HEMATITE Jinlong Hill, Longchuan Co. (Lungc

Lot 87044: QUARTZ with HEMATITE Jinlong Hill, Longchuan Co. (Lungc

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Description: QUARTZ with HEMATITE Jinlong Hill, Longchuan Co. (Lungchuan Co.), Heyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China This is a nice example of the striking red Quartz and Hematite from Jinlong, where the Hematite forms parallel bladed clusters between the euhedral clear Quartz crystals with the thin bright red iron coloration. There are a number of the Quartz crystals that are broken off, not unusual for this locality, but the aesthetics of the specimen are not affected. Overall measurements: 5.13 x 3.88 inches (13 x 9.8 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Keith Proctor [Hoppel Catalog # D2043] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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PYROMORPHITE Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomo

Lot 87045: PYROMORPHITE Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomo

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Description: PYROMORPHITE Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China This is somewhat of a mystery specimen for the simple reason that the alleged locality: "Wu Du, Guang Xi Province, China" does not correspond to any listed locality for this mineral. What is most probable is that the piece is from one of three places: the Daoping Mine in Gongcheng County, the Yangshuo Mine in Yangshuo County, or the least likely - the Lingchuan Mine in Lingchuan County. All of these localities are in Guilin Prefecture and all have produced Pyromorphite specimens very similar to this one. Putting aside the location question and focusing on the specimen we see that it is quite large for the mineral and any of the localities listed. The coloration is a light green to bright lime-green and the crystal habit is the less often seen 'rice-grain' habit with crystals tapering towards the terminations instead of flat terminations. The larger of the crystals are approximately ¾ inch (1.8 cm) in length with many in the ½ inch (1.25 cm) bracket. There are a couple of broken crystals, but the vast proportion of them are intact and all show glassy luster. Overall measurements: 7 x 6 x 3 inches (17.8 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Western Minerals [Hoppel Catalog # D2113] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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CALCITE Castelinho Mine, Iraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazi

Lot 87046: CALCITE Castelinho Mine, Iraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazi

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Description: CALCITE Castelinho Mine, Iraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil The mode of formation and locality are identical to that described later in Lot 87249. The single group of tan Calcite scalenohedral crystals radiate out from a common center with the largest measuring 12.0 cm from tip to double terminated tip. The matrix is the undulating and irregularly surfaced lava on the interior with a strange white fibrous mineral encrusting most of the interior with the exception of the Calcite, which is untouched and lustrous. This very aesthetic example of Calcite from the Castelinho Mine is in excellent condition. Overall measurements: 7.125 x 5.625 inches (18 x 14.5 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Keith Proctor [Hoppel Catalog # D2209] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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PINK FLUORITE Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit, Gilgit-Balti

Lot 87047: PINK FLUORITE Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit, Gilgit-Balti

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Description: PINK FLUORITE Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan Dist., Northern Areas, Pakistan Near Nagar are a series of pegmatite zones, which are the source of some very nice Fluorite specimens sporting a pretty pink coloration. This single octahedron was barely attached to the wall of the pocket that it formed in, as evidenced by small amount of Muscovite Mica on the backside, which would have been the closest portion of the crystal to the wall. The simple octahedral shape of the crystal is complicated by extensive 'etching' which produced depressed areas in the central parts of the crystal faces while leaving the corners of the crystal untouched. This has resulted in hundreds of tiny faces in the centers and simple, planar ones at the tips. Transparency is actually excellent but the myriad of little faces tends to obscure that fact. Pink Fluorite is rare color for Fluorite from anywhere in the world and many of the Nagar ones have less desirable green coloration along with the pink. Condition is excellent with even the Muscovites free of damage. Overall measurements: 2.69 x 2.19 x 1.94 inches (6.8 x 5.6 x 4.9 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Keith Proctor [Hoppel Catalog # D2059] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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GREEN SPODUMENE Minas Gerais, Brazil

Lot 87048: GREEN SPODUMENE Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Description: GREEN SPODUMENE Minas Gerais, Brazil Not quite a 'floater', this large and transparent green Spodumene was barely attached to the wall of the cavity that it grew in. Although the faces are highly 'etched', they are lustrous enough to see all the way through the crystal and in the lower portion long needles of Rutile can be seen penetrating almost half-way into the massive crystal. All of the crystal is 'gem' and would cut a huge faceted stone. There is an unidentified accession number "TM8" on the bottom of the Spodumene. Overall measurements: 5.31 x 2.75 x 2.38 inches (13.55 x 7.04 x 5.94 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: David Crawford [Hoppel Catalog # D2089] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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CALCITE Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India

Lot 87049: CALCITE Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India

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Description: CALCITE Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India This has to be one of the finest of Calcites to have come from the quarries of Jalgaon. The enormous 5.75 inches (14.6 cm) multiple crystal group is super transparent and shows interesting growth features on a number of faces as well as a few twin planes that produce a 'rainbow' effect when viewed from certain directions. Although there is a Chalcedony 'stalactite' entering one corner, which could have been the sole attachment point, there is also a 'sugary' area on the back that looks like a secondary contact point. There are a couple of minor dings but overall the condition is excellent. Overall measurements: 5.63 x 2.81 x 3.81 inches (14.3 x 7.5 x 9.7 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Keith Proctor [Hoppel Catalog # D1598] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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APOPHYLLITE Sinnar, Nasik Dist., Maharashtra, India

Lot 87050: APOPHYLLITE Sinnar, Nasik Dist., Maharashtra, India

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Description: APOPHYLLITE Sinnar, Nasik Dist., Maharashtra, India An interesting combination of equant crystals of white Apophyllite, on tan, bladed crystals of Calcite. In addition to the above there are two off-white Stilbite crystals of pearly luster. The Calcites show cleavages at their outer edges and there once was a repair that has since been removed due an unsightly bit of workmanship, otherwise all surfaces are lustrous and in fine condition. Overall measurements: 3.88 inches x 3 inches (9.9 x 7.55 cm). Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Mountain Minerals [Hoppel Catalog # D0077] [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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