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The James Catmur Collection

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Text: Carles Curto (curator of the Geology Museum, Barcelona ) & Jordi Fabre
Assistance from John S. White (former Smithsonian curator)

 


I’m James and I have been involved in the world of mineral collecting ever since I was a young child, when I used to collect in the mines of northern Derbyshire. Spells of my life living in Mexico, USA, France, Singapore and Spain kept this interest live and also resulted in me learning Spanish and French. As my career continued and I started a family I realized that there was too little time in the day for me to be father to two small children and to keep up with very active mineral collecting (it used to be every weekend). Small children have meant that collecting has come to a bit of a halt, but as they are growing older I am starting to get back out there and start field collecting again. I have always focussed on specimens that are interesting from a crystallographic point of view as I love the shapes and forms of the crystals. I have also focussed on certain regions and types of minerals. I have now decided to focus a bit more, so I am steadily reducing specimens that do not match my new focus. Some of this does makes me very sad as I love the pieces, but I am trying to be tough and keep to my focus. I hope those who now get the chance to see and obtain specimens from my collection will get some idea of what I have tended to collect and will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed them.

James Catmur

 

 
Typical record from the Catmur Collection

Typical record from the Catmur Collection


 
Rhodochrosite
Cerussite
Anglesite


The Worldwide Collection


Calcite
Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Rear
Rear
Calcite.

JR96X9: Cluster of very acute scalenohedral Calcite crystals. They are translucent and bright and are on matrix. The sample is from a not well known mine at Taxco from where such fine samples are scarce.
Mina Remedios, Taxco de Alarc๓n, Municipio de Taxco, Guerrero  Mexico (±1988)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 7.8 × 8.2 cm = 4.9” × 3.1” × 3.2”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.4”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




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Baryte with Galena, Siderite and Pyrite

JV86X9: Parallel aggregate of doubly terminated Baryte crystals, sharp laminar and showing very well defined crystalline forms. They are transparent and bright and are on matrix, with Siderite, Galena and Pyrite crystals.
Turt Mine, Turt, Negresti-Oas, Oas Mountains, Satu Mare  Romania (±2001)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.1 × 2.4 cm = 2.6” × 1.6” × 0.9”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




Baryte with Galena, Siderite and Pyrite. Baryte with Galena, Siderite and Pyrite.
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The Fluorite Collection


Fluorite with Sphalerite
Fluorite with Sphalerite.
Fluorite with Sphalerite

JM69X0: Group of cubic crystals with polycrystalline growths on the cube faces. The crystals are translucent, with a clear violet color with a deeper color zoning on the edges. On the back there is a small matrix of Sphalerite.
Previously in the Tom Wiesner collection (num. 2343284), whose label we'll send to the buyer.
Denton Mine, Goose Creek Mine group, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA (02/03/1984)

Specimen size: 12 × 10.2 × 5 cm = 4.7” × 4.0” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 7.3 × 6.7 cm = 2.9” × 2.6”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




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Fluorite with Chalcopyrite
Fluorite with Chalcopyrite

JA28W3: Flattened drusy growth of very transparent cubic crystals with a very uniform violet color. An American classic of very good quality.
The sample was previously in the collection of Tom Wiesner (num. 73572074), whose label we’ll send with the Catmur label to the buyer.
-----   (1974)

Specimen size: 13.7 × 10.3 × 1.7 cm = 5.4” × 4.1” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Former collection of James Catmur




Fluorite with Chalcopyrite. Fluorite with Chalcopyrite.
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Smoky Quartz with octahedral Fluorite and Pyrite
Smoky Quartz with octahedral Fluorite and Pyrite. Front
Front
Smoky Quartz with octahedral Fluorite and Pyrite. Rear
Rear

JF89X9: Aggregate of very sharp octahedral Fluorite crystals with abundant inclusions. They are on a group of smoky Quartz crystals, with small cubic Pyrite crystals. It is currently very difficult to obtain good samples from this locality.
Kara-Oba, Bet-Pak-Dal Desert, Karagandy Province  Kazakhstan (±1993)

Specimen size: 13.2 × 8.3 × 8.5 cm = 5.2” × 3.3” × 3.3”

Main crystal size: 7.7 × 4 cm = 3.0” × 1.6”

Former collection of James Catmur




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Fluorite with Quartz

JG27X0: Group of cubic crystals with a very intense yellow color, extraordinarily bright and with selective coatings of Quartz microcrystals on some of the cube faces.
El Hamman, Mekn่s, Mekn่s Prefecture, Mekn่s-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2003)

Specimen size: 12 × 7.8 × 5.5 cm = 4.7” × 3.1” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 5 × 3.7 cm = 2.0” × 1.5”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
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Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear

JM76X9: Floater aggregate of crystals, formed by the dodecahedron, the octahedron and the cube, with a small coating of Quartz crystals, some of them doubly terminated. The sample is from the first Fluorite finds at the Yaogangxian mine.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1992)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.9 × 4.2 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 1.7”

Former collection of James Catmur




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Fluorite with Calcite

JB88X0: Group of crystals on matrix. They are transparent, bright, have a very uniform green color and are with white lenticular crystals of Calcite. The smaller crystals are only cubes while the bigger ones also show octahedron faces, rougher than the cubic ones.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (1999)

Specimen size: 8 × 7.8 × 4.5 cm = 3.1” × 3.1” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 3.5 cm = 1.5” × 1.4”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




Fluorite with Calcite. Fluorite with Calcite.
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