Mixed Minerals Spring 2015

By admin • Crystallized Classics • 5 May 2015
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SP2015-001: $200.00 A very nice group of sharp violet fluorite crystals to almost 5 cm. on edge from the Blackdene Mine, Ireshhopeburn, Weardale, Co. Durham, England. A great specimen from the classic UK locality, in great condition with nice aesthetics. Ex. George Balogh collection; Hawthorneden Minerals. A European Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.5 x 4.2 cm. Weight: 312 grams.

SP2015-002: $500.00 An excellent large cabinet-size group of sharp, lustrous twinned golden Calcite crystals to 4.5 cm. from the Hanover Quarry in Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania. The crystals are sharp and lustrous and in great condition, especially considering the large size of this piece. The York County, Pennsylvania calcites are some of the best in the Eastern US and are becoming hard to find due to access to quarries and also rarity of high-quality pockets. This specimen was collected in October of 2001 by George Reimherr and is an excellent example of twinned York County golden Calcite.

 From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland, who acquired it in 2006. A rare Pennsylvania Classic!!

 Specimen Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 x 9.5 cm. Weight: 2550 grams/5.1 lbs.

2015SP-003: $1000.00 An excellent large cabinet-size group of sharp, lustrous orange Wulfenite crystals to 2.2 cm. from the Ahumeda Mine, Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico. Essentially a large mass of crystals with no matrix, in great condition, with a central pocket featuring sharp crystals with distinctive color zoning and bright luster. The back of the specimen is also well crystallized and could probably be cleaned further. A great ‘old time’ Los Lamentos Wulfenite- specimens of this size are becoming harder to find at reasonable prices, and I think this is a good piece for the price. 

From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland, who acquired it from Gary Grenier and Trinity Minerals. Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 6.4 cm. Weight: 975 grams.

SP2015-004: $225.00 

An excellent cabinet-size group of sharp, lustrous clear Fluorite crystals with siderite from the Ladywash Mine, Eyam, Derbyshire, England. A great specimen from this rare British locality, with good display aesthetics and no damage to speak of. The central group of crystals forms a nice ‘mound’ of sharp intergrown cubes which is much nicer in person. An old specimen from a difficult-to-acquire locality. 
 
From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland, who traded it from Hissong Jones, probably in the 1980′s or early 90′s. A rare UK Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.3 x 6 cm. Weight: 173 grams.
SP2015-005: $500.00 
An excellent large group of sharp gray-blue Barite crystals to 5 cm. in an aesthetic cluster from the PAGA Mine, Cartersville district, Bartow County, Georgia. An excellent specimen from the classic East Coast locality. From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland. One crystal has been repaired but otherwise this piece is in fine condition and displays great. One of the best specimens I have seen from Cartersville. Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 12.5 x 7.5 x 5.4 cm. Weight: 750 grams.
SP2015-006: $150.00 
 A very nice cabinet-size group of sharp cubic Galena crystals to 2.5 cm. on chert matrix from the Tulsa Quawpaw Mine, Treece, Tri-State District, Kansas. A great Tri-State galena with super aesthetics and an actual mine attribution, which in my experience is rare for old Tri-state specimens.
 
From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland, who acquired it from Gary Grenier. 
 
Specimen Dimensions: 10 x 5.5 x 4.2 cm. Weight: 297 grams.
SP2015-007: $400.00 

A super group of sharp gemmy violet Fluorite crystals to 4 cm. with brown siderite crystals from the Blackdene Mine, Weardale,  Co. Durham, Cumberland, England. An excellent specimen for this classic old British locality. The fluorite crystals are sharp and in good condition, and the specimen is almost a floater, with good crystals all around and very minimal damage. Displays great with nice aesthetics; this would probably be in the $1-1.5K range for a ‘high end’ dealer.
 
From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland, who acquired this specimen in 1989 from R. Rybnicky in a trade. A European Classic.
 
Specimen Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 5 cm. Weight: 461 grams.
SP2015-008: $250.00 

A very nice group of sharp cubic Magnetite crystals to 1.7 cm. on edge from the ZCA #4 Mine, Balmat, St. Lawrence county, New York. A very nice specimen from this noted locality for rare cubic magnetite crystals. Good aesthetics and in nice condition. What appears to be a small crack in one place in natural and stable and does not detract from this specimen in my opinion. The mine is now closed and these are considered New York State classics! Ex. NY State Museum Institute.
 
Specimen Dimensions: 8 x 6.5 x 4 cm. Weight: 472 grams.
SP2015-009: $250.00 

An excellent group of sharp Malachite after Azurite crystals to 3.3 cm. from the Whim Creek Copper Mine, Roebourne Shire, Western Australia, Australia. Displays nicely with good aesthetics. There are a few very minor scuffs to some crystals but I don’t think they detract from the display of this very nice specimen. Several small wulfenite dipyramids as well. A good piece for the price. From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland- Buck acquired this specimen from Dietz Minerals. Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm. Weight: 270 grams.
SP2015-010: $600.00 

An excellent large group of sharp blue-yellow Barite crystals to 8.5 cm. from the Beckermet Mine, Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Ore Field, Cumberland, England. Some very minor abrasion to a few spots, but overall in excellent condition, especially considering this specimen probably dates to the late 19th Century. Sits on a lucite base, which could easily be removed if desired. From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland. An increasingly rare European Classic!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 8.5 x 5 x 3.2 cm. Weight: 235 grams.
SP2015-011: $200.00 

An excellent specimen of bright orange Arsenian Pyromorphite from the Jersey Vein, Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg Idaho. A great specimen from the 1983 find with the classic ‘wet’ luster and bright orange color. No damage. These are getting hard to find at reasonable prices. Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.1 x 2 cm. Weight: 70 grams. 
SP2015-012: $125.00 

A very nice group of very sharp, lustrous red Vanadinite crystals in a sculptural form on matrix from the ACF workings, Mibladen, Midelt province, Morocco. Great quality for Moroccan Vanadinite, with no damage, great luster, and good aesthetics!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 6 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm. Weight: 93 grams. 
SP2015-013: $225.00 

A very nice specimen of sharp spinel-twinned Galena crystals to 1.2 cm. on marcasite from the Brushy Creek Mine, Reynolds county, Missouri. A great example from a small find some years ago of these distinctively-twinned crystals. Very aesthetic and without any damage I can see.
 
From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland, who traded it from Frank Hissong, probably in the 1980′s or early 90′s. A rare US Classic.
 
Specimen Dimensions: 6 x 4.2 x 3.5 cm. Weight: 125 grams.
SP2015-014: $55.00 

A nice group of sharp, lustrous violet Amethyst crystals to 3.2 cm. in an aesthetic grouping from a new find at Jackson’s Crossroads, Wikes County, Georgia. Nice!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm. Weight: 39 grams.
SP2015-015: $325.00 

An excellent  specimen of lustrous orange crystals of Mimetite var. ‘Campylite’ to 8 mm. on quartz and barite matrix from Drygill, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, England. A great older specimen from this classic UK locality, with great luster, no damage, and good display qualities.
 
From the collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland. An increasingly rare European Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 5 cm. Weight: 374 grams.
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SP2015-016: $100.00
Barite: Cartersville district, Bartow county, Georgia USA. 7 x 4.5 x 4 cm.; 123 grams.
A very nice group of yellow-blue Barite crystals to 4 cm from the classic locality of Cartersville, Georgia. Ex. Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland. Classic!
SP2015-017: $150.00
Hubnerite: Adams Mine, Cement Creek, Silverton, San Juan county, Colorado USA. 7.4 x 5.4 x 3.3 cm., 330 grams.
A great specimen of brownish-black Hubnerite crystals to 2 cm. from the Adams Mine in Silverton, Colorado. Has numerous old labels (Dave Bunk Minerals; Lidstroms, George Balogh collection) and it is a nice specimen for the locality; better in person.
SP2015-018: $75.00
Almandine Garnet: Granatwand, Zillertal, North Tyrol, Austria; 5.5 x 3.7 x 3.2 cm., 130 grams.
A great group of sharp reddish Almandine crystals to 3.8 cm. from the classic European locality of Granatwand, Zillertal, Austria. Ex. Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland. 
SP2015-019: $125.00
Cerussite (reticulated ‘snowflake’ twin): Mammoth St. Anthony Mine, Tiger, Arizona USA: 4.7 x 3.5 x 3.2 cm., 75 grams.
A very nice group of reticulated ‘snowflake’ twinned Cerussite crystals from the Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine in Tiger, Arizona- a great specimen for the price from this classic old locality. Minor damage to a few crystals but overall in nice shape. Ex. Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland. 
SP2015-020: $150.00
Fluorite: Judith Lynn claim, Pine Canyon Deposit, Burro Mountains, Grant co., New Mexico USA: 5.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm., 108 grams.
A very nice group of sharp pink octahedral Fluorite crystals to 3 cm. on edge from this classic New Mexico locality- in great condition and very aesthetic. Sits on a sawn base for display.Ex. Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland. 
SP2015-021: $80.00
Smithsonite: Morning Star Mine, Rush, Arkansas, USA: 3.3 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm., 18 grams.
A great small specimen featuring lustrous spheres of yellow Smithsonite on matrix from this classic old locality. Very aesthetic. Ex. Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland. 
SP2015-022: $50.00
Vanadinite: J.C Holmes Claim, Patagonia, Santa Cruz county, Arizona USA: 2.5 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm., 24 grams.
A nice group of bright orange, lustrous Vanadinite crystals from the J.C Holmes claim. A better than average specimen from this classic locality in great condition.Ex. Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland.
SP2015-023: $225.00
Mimetite var. Campylite: Drygill, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, England, UK: 4 x 3 x 1.7 cm., 35 grams.
An excellent group of lustrous, bright orange ‘campylite’ crystals from the classic UK locality. In good condition with nice display aesthetics.Ex. Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland. 
SP2015-024: $225.00
Cuprite: Wheal Phoenix, Liskeard District, Cornwall, England, UK: 6.5 x 6 x 8 cm., 377 grams.
A large mass of Cuprite crystals with no matrix from this classic old Cornish locality. The Cuprite crystals have good luster and are up to 5 mm. in size. A rare classic from the Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland. 
SP2015-025: $90.00
Barite on Malachite: Shinkolobwe, Kasolo, Shaba, Democratic Republic of the Congo: 7.5 x 6.5 x 3.2 cm., 243 grams.
A nice older specimen of sharp white Barite crystals on bright green Malachite from the Shinkolobwe Mine.Ex. Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland. 
SP2015-026: $100.00
Cerussite on Malachite: Brown’s Prospect, Rum Jungle, Northern Territory, Australia: 6.5 x 5 x 4.2 cm., 182 grams.
A nice group of Cerussite crystals on Malachite from the classic Australian locality of Rum Jungle. Some of the cerussite crystals appear to be replaced by malachite; very cool! This specimen is better in person.Ex. Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland. 
SP2015-027: $150.00
Fluorite: La Collada Mine, Berbes, Asturias, Spain: 6 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm.; 150 grams.
Very clear, sharp Fluorite crystals on matrix make for an attractive display specimen from this classic Spanish locality.Ex. Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland. 
SP2015-028: $80.00
Fluorite: Mex-Tex Mine, Blanchard, Hansonburg District, Socorro county, New Mexico USA: 6.5 x 4.5 x 2.6 cm., 132 grams.
A most unusual and aesthetic Fluorite for the Hansonburg district, with sharp, stepped clear crystals with violet edges. Much better in person.Ex. Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland. 
SP2015-029: $250.00
Fluorite: Galena King Mine, Tijeras Canyon, Bernalillo county, New Mexico USA: 12.5 x 7 x 2.2 cm., 245 grams.
An excellent group of beautiful sea-green Fluorite crystals from this classic and unusual New Mexico locality. Amazing color and crystal form, especially when backlit.Ex. Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland. 
SP2015-030: $200.00
Atacamite: Mount Gunston Mine, Pernatty Lagoon, SA, Australia: 9.5 x 7 x 1.5 cm.; 263 grams.
A large mass composed essentially of solid green Atacamite, with nice crystals to ~4 mm. in numerous places, from the classic Australian locality.Ex. Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland. 
SP2015-031: $550.00
Fluorite: Berbes District, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain: 14.5 x 12.5 x 6 cm.; 1809 grams.
A fantastic large group of zoned, gemmy violet Fluorite crystals from this classic Spanish locality. The crystals are sharp, in great condition, and have beautiful internal zoning and phantoms that are hard to capture on film. The crystals have the modified cube corner faces which are a classic feature of many older Berbes fluorites. A few very minor nicks but overall for the size and impact this is a great display piece.Ex. Buck Keller Collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland. 

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