Mineral Gallery III
BENITOITE in large, superb crystals on matrix. Benitoite Gem Mine, Sawmill Creek Road, New Idria District, San Benito County, California.Measures 2 x 1-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches. Size for size, this miniature specimen is one of the finest examples of this mineral species that I have ever seen.
Price on request.
ERYTHRITE superbly crystallized on tiny QUARTZ crystals on matrix.Schneeberg, Saxony, Germany.Price $4.500.Accompanied by my oldest label, 31 West 47th Street, and sold by me in the early 1960s, before 1964. recently reacquired.
BORNITE, superbly crystallized on minute QUARTZ crystals with minor CLINOCHLORE.Bristol Copper Mine, Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut.Measures 2-1/4 x 1-3/4 x 1 inches.This is the only Bristol mine bornite I have had in my 60 year career as a dealer in mineral specimens. It retains labels of Mark Feinglos and Georg Gebhard. It went into a German museum in the 19th century and was traded out to Gebhard in recent times, who then sold or traded it to Mark.Price $10,000
ANGLESITE, a superb, transparent, yellow, well-terminated crystal with some galena.Touissit Mine, Oujda, Morocco.Measures 1-5/8x3/4x5/8 inches.Price $3,500.
FERROCOLUMBITE (COLUMBITE), an exceptionally large, superb, blocky, modified, loose crystal.Municipo do Galilea, Minas Gerais, Brazil.Measures 2-3/4 x 2-1/4 x 2-1/4 inches.This is a former Al Stevenson specimen who purchased it in 1988 from “TMGW” for $125.Price $5,000
STOLZITE replacing SCHEELITE in large, superb crystals.[Essex Mine ], Darwin District, Inyo County, California.Measures 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches.This is a former A.M.N.H. specimen, #33446, with label. According to the museum records, it was acquired from Norm Dawson in 1960 for $6.50.Price $3,000
FLUORAPATITE (APATITE), a superb group of colorless crystals. No matrix.Die Floite, Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria.Measures 1-3/4 x 1-1/4 x 1 inches. It retains the label of mineralogist and mineral specimen dealer Wilhelm Maucher (1859-1930) of Munich, after whom maucherite is named.Price $750
ADAMITE, in choice, individualized crystals in a shallow vug.Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico.Measures 4-3/4x4-1/2x3 inches.
An historic specimen from the collection of E. Mitchell Gunnel. Gunnel purchased it in 1946 and that makes it one of the few identifiable, surviving specimens from the original pocket which was found in 1946. Gunnel called this specimen “A most superb and rare item” and he paid $17.50 for it in 1946, a really significant sum for the time. Gunnel and Western Minerals labels (plus note) survive.Price $7,500.
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