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This page provides a selection of the specimens that have passed through the Fabre Minerals website and, due to their quality,
rarity, or significance as specimens from interesting locations, have been preserved as reference specimens in #MVM


CONNECTICUT


Dravite with Biotite and Albite
Dravite with Biotite and Albite. Front
Front
Dravite with Biotite and Albite. Side
Side
Dravite with Biotite and Albite. Side
Side

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TFA86AN7: Two doubly terminated Dravite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with very sharp crystal forms and excellent terminations, a bright black color and on matrix. With Biotite and small Albite crystals.
The specimen, from a classic American locality for the species, comes from the Bob and Pam Steward collection (number 199), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Biermann Quarries (Bethel Quarries), Bethel, Fairfield County, Connecticut  USA (±1968)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 6.4 × 4.8 cm = 2.83” × 2.52” × 1.89”

Main crystal size: 5.2 × 3.2 cm = 2.05” × 1.26”

Chalcocite with Calcite
Chalcocite with Calcite  

EM49W7: Very well defined and flattened crystals, many of them doubly terminated, bright and on matrix, with small Calcite crystals.
An American classic from the William Pinch collection, with a wide pedigree as two more labels testify. We will send all three labels to the buyer.
Bristol Copper Mine, Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut  USA

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.9 × 2.4 cm = 2.05” × 1.54” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.4 cm = 0.35” × 0.16”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Bill Pinch
Chalcocite with Calcite. Chalcocite with Calcite.

FLORIDA


Calcite replacing Mercenaria sp
Calcite replacing Mercenaria sp.
 

TA58H2: This kind of “boat” is a fossilized shell of Mercenaria sp, the interior of which is now occupied by honey-colored Calcite crystals filling most of the available inner space. The Calcite crystals “borrowed” calcium from Mercenarias for their growth.
Ruck's pit, Fort Drum, Okeechobee County, Florida  USA (2003)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.3 × 3.6 cm = 2.09” × 1.30” × 1.42”

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

GEORGIA


Rutile (twinned) with Pyrophyllite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

EPC10AQ1: Floater twinned Rutile crystal, complete.
Extraordinarily sharp and lustrous, with small remnants of Pyrophyllite matrix that attest to the locality.
The specimen comes from the Jean-Claude Scheer collection and has an unusual quality.
Graves Mountain, Lincoln County, Georgia  USA

Specimen size: 2.2 × 1.8 × 1 cm = 0.87” × 0.71” × 0.39”

Former collection of Jean-Claude Scheer
Rutile (twinned) with Pyrophyllite. Front
Front
Rutile (twinned) with Pyrophyllite. Side
Side
Rutile with Pyrophyllite
Rutile with Pyrophyllite.
 

TA68AI8: Twinned Rutile crystal with very well defined faces and edges. The surface of the faces is very bright with intense red reflections. On the base and partially on the back and the top there is a small matrix of Pyrophyllite.
We will send the sample in its original Perkin’s box from the R.J. Noble collection, also containing the collection label.
Graves Mountain, Lincoln County, Georgia  USA

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.3 × 2.1 cm = 1.02” × 0.91” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2.2 cm = 0.94” × 0.87”

Former collection of Bob Noble
Rutile with Pyrophyllite
 

TM26L1: A well defined and aerial crystal with very sharp faces and edges, showing reddish reflections. This specimen shows the typical Rutile twin. Well positioned on a Pyrophyllite matrix.
Graves Mountain, Lincoln County, Georgia  USA (1998)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.5 × 3.3 cm = 2.17” × 1.38” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.3 cm = 0.87” × 0.51”

Rutile with Pyrophyllite.
Rutile with Pyrophyllite.
Rutile
Rutile. Front
Front
Rutile. Top
Top
 

TJ53L7: A Classic Specimen. Good sized Rutile crystal with well defined faces and a very marked and classic twin. Faces show a very good luster, with deep reddish reflections. At the base and at the top and back side we can see a small Muscovite rich matrix.
The sample is accompanied by a collection label. On the back of the label is handwritten that this sample was collected by Terry and Jean Ledford in the spring of 1998. As is our custom, we will send the label to the buyer.
Graves Mountain, Lincoln County, Georgia  USA (1998)

Specimen size: 7 × 6.8 × 5.3 cm = 2.76” × 2.68” × 2.09”

Rutile with Pyrophyllite
Rutile with Pyrophyllite  

EL73AI5: Twinned Rutile crystal with very well defined faces and edges, an excellent luster and implanted on a matrix of a laminar Pyrophyllite aggregate. An excellent sample, a classic both for the species and for the locality.
We’ll send to the buyer, with the sample, the original commercial label of “Aesthetics Underground” from Canada from the Rob Woodside collection.
Graves Mountain, Lincoln County, Georgia  USA

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.1 × 4.2 cm = 2.91” × 2.01” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 4 cm = 1.69” × 1.57”

Former collection of Rob Woodside
Rutile with Pyrophyllite. Front
Front
Rutile with Pyrophyllite. Rear
Rear
Rutile with Pyrophyllite. Top
Top

IDAHO


Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Gold with Quartz.
 

TE17V2: Arborescent growths of Gold with idiomorphic crystals with very well defined faces and edges, on Quartz matrix with an unidentified metallic mineral. The sample is from a locality that is practically unknown by the mineralogical community.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 01/2017, page 75
Belshazzar Mine, Quartzburg District, Boise County, Idaho  USA (2009)

Specimen size: 4 × 3 × 2 cm = 1.57” × 1.18” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.87” × 0.08”

Beryl variety (aquamarine)
Beryl variety (aquamarine)  

TD66Q8: Neatly shaped prismatic crystal with a bright and transparent pinacoidal termination. The prismatic faces of the crystal, with a good blue color, are also transparent but they have translucent zones. The lower part of the crystal is naturally corroded due to the contact zones with its matrix. We especially note the locality, very uncommon.
The sample is from the Gary Murdock collection, whose label we will send to the buyer. Previously it was in the University of California (Santa Barbara) collection.
Sawtooth Batholith, Sawtooth Mountains, Boise County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 3.7 × 1 × 0.8 cm = 1.46” × 0.39” × 0.31”

Beryl variety (aquamarine). Front
Front
Beryl variety (aquamarine). Rear
Rear
Ludlamite with Vivianite
Ludlamite with Vivianite.
Ludlamite with Vivianite.
 

LT74F1: This is a great specimen, both in comparison to other Ludlamites that have been found at this mine as well as Ludlamites from elsewhere in the world. It is a plate of gem quality crystals with excellent color, brilliance and the typical forms for Ludlamite, showing the faces of two perpendicular prisms and the well-developed pinacoid. As is so typical for the locality there are two prismatic crystals of dark Vivianite on the Ludlamite. From the David Lucas collection, number 787, and we will give the buyer his label.
Blackbird Mine, Blackbird mine complex, Blackbird District, Lemhi County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 8.5 × 7.5 × 1 cm = 3.35” × 2.95” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.12” × 0.08”

Pyromorphite
 

TR27AL3: Long, tapered Pyromorphite crystals, many of them doubly terminated, grass green with yellow tones, on a Quartz matrix. The specimen has quite different characteristics from those of the nearby and better known Bunker Hill Mine.
Sherman Mine, Burke, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 5 × 4.9 × 3.6 cm = 1.97” × 1.93” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.2 cm = 0.31” × 0.08”

Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite  

MG46AJ4: Very aerial group of Pyromorphite crystals with very nice curvatures that give them a barrel, almost spherical, shape. Their reddish orange color and luster are excellent. Although it has been reported that these globular orange crystals from Bunker Hill are arsenic-rich Pyromorphite specimens, we analyzed some samples and the results are that they really are pure Pyromorphite, with no arsenic.
The sample is from the Thomas P. Moore collection whose label we will send to the buyer.
Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 3 × 2 × 2.2 cm = 1.18” × 0.79” × 0.87”

Former collection of Thomas P. Moore
Pyromorphite
 

TT68AK9: Aerial group of sharp crystals, some of them doubly terminated, with slight curvatures on faces and edges, of considerable size for the locality, very bright and orange.
We will send the specimen in the original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label, which shows that it came from the Sullivan collection, with an entry for Tucson 1997
Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.1 × 1.7 cm = 1.26” × 0.83” × 0.67”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.39” × 0.28”

Former collection of Bob Noble
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite  

NC88AJ9: Group of prismatic Pyromorphite crystals with very well defined faces and edges and flat pinacoidal terminations, while some of them have polycrystalline or hollowed terminations. Luster, color and esthetics are excellent. An American classic.
The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection whose label we will send to the buyer.
Bunker Hill Mine, Jersey Vein, 9th level, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.8 × 3.2 cm = 1.50” × 1.10” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.5 cm = 0.39” × 0.20”

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández
Pyromorphite
 

MB48AB5: Aggregate of Pyromorphite crystals, many of them doubly terminated, very well defined, with slightly curved faces and edges, bright and between a yellow and orange color. An excellent American classic.
Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.8 × 2.1 cm = 1.93” × 1.50” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.8 cm = 0.71” × 0.31”

Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TP27AH4: Very aerial aggregate of Pyromorphite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, some of them doubly terminated and others with very well defined hollow growths. They are bright and have an excellent color. An American classic, not only of great quality but also different than usual for this extraordinary mine.
Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 5.1 × 3.7 × 4.3 cm = 2.01” × 1.46” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 1.8 cm = 1.10” × 0.71”

Minor fluorescence short UV
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite  

VD59Y3: Group of crystals on matrix, with a very well marked barrel-shape and vivid orange color with the intense luster typical of this type of sample from the Bunker Hill Mine. As a rarity, we note a coating of a second generation of yellow crystals with a prismatic shape and very well marked curvatures of faces and edges. While this type of crystals is described as arsenical, nor by the bibliography or by analysis we have done previously, we know that this is so.
The piece is from the Harjo Neutkens collection, whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.6 × 1.9 cm = 2.20” × 1.81” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.08” × 0.04”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite.
 

TB96C8: A large monster! A huge crystal standing on the top of a matrix that is made up of other huge Pyromorphite crystals. The form is excellent and the color is very agreeable as it is turning towards golden brown. Everything complete, a floater and, as the photo shows, excellent!
Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.5 × 3.1 cm = 2.24” × 1.38” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.7 cm = 0.79” × 0.67”

Pyromorphite
 

TC63AH1: Group of Pyromorphite crystals with very well defined curvatures that give them a barrel habit. They have an excellent orange color and luster. Although it has been reported that this kind of globular orange crystals from Bunker Hill are arsenic-rich Pyromorphite specimens, we analyzed some samples and the results are that they really are pure Pyromorphite, with no arsenic.
Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 6 × 4.8 × 4.7 cm = 2.36” × 1.89” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.4 cm = 0.28” × 0.16”

Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Top
Top
Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

EJ17AM1: Druse on matrix with two generations of Pyromorphite with different characteristics, an earlier one with spheroidal growths of small crystals, with good luster and orange color, and the second with larger crystals of pyramidal habit and with geometric growths around the terminations, lustrous and greenish-yellow. A high-quality American classic.
Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 13.3 × 8.6 × 5.4 cm = 5.24” × 3.39” × 2.13”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.24” × 0.20”

Cerussite
 

TR26Q1: Sharp twinned crystals with very well defined crystal form, transparent and of excellent luster. We especially note the locality, now abandoned, that produced good but scarce specimens of this species.
Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 3 × 1 × 1.3 cm = 1.18” × 0.39” × 0.51”

Minor fluorescence short UV
Cerussite. Front
Front
Cerussite. Rear
Rear
Cerussite (twinned)
Cerussite (twinned).
 

MBA56AP2: Multiple twin of sharp shiny Cerussite crystals, flattened, between transparent and translucent. The specimen, from a mine well known for its pyromorphites but in which quality cerussites are rare, comes from the collection of Thomas P. Moore and we will send it to the buyer with its original Perky box.
Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.3 × 1.8 cm = 1.34” × 0.91” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 1.5 cm = 1.26” × 0.59”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Thomas P. Moore
Cerussite with Galena
Cerussite with Galena  

TF56V1: Group of flattened crystals, transparent to translucent, and neatly twinned. They are on a matrix of rough Galena. The locality is a world classic for Pyromorphite, but good samples of Cerussite from there are less common.
The sample is from the Geary Murdock collection, whose label we'll send to the buyer.
Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 5.4 × 5.1 × 2.9 cm = 2.13” × 2.01” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.8 cm = 0.59” × 0.31”

Minor fluorescence short UV
Cerussite with Galena. Cerussite with Galena.
Cerussite with Galena
Cerussite with Galena. Cerussite with Galena.
Cerussite with Galena  

TB37AD5: Aggregate of twinned Cerussite crystals, not usually well crystallized at Bunker Hill. The crystals are colorless, between transparent and translucent, very bright and are on matrix, with granular Galena. The sample is from the Geary Murdock collection, whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 8.4 × 6.3 × 4.9 cm = 3.31” × 2.48” × 1.93”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.9 cm = 0.51” × 0.35”

Fluorescent short UV

ILLINOIS


Fluorite with Calcite and Chalcopyrite
 

EV27AM5: Group of very sharp crystals, between transparent and translucent, shiny and with geometric color zoning marked by the contrast between the yellow in most of the crystal and the intense and deep violet in the edges. A classic from the USA.
Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA

Specimen size: 4.6 × 4.3 × 3.6 cm = 1.81” × 1.69” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 4.1 cm = 1.73” × 1.61”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Pierre-Marie Guy
Fluorite with Calcite and Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Calcite and Chalcopyrite. Side
Side
Fluorite with Sphalerite and Quartz
Fluorite with Sphalerite and Quartz. Fluorite with Sphalerite and Quartz.

Fluorescent light (daylight)
Fluorite with Sphalerite and Quartz
 

TRB96AP9: Elongated cubic Fluorite crystal, transparent, with good luster and a dominant yellow color with blue geometric growths on the edges. On a matrix of Sphalerite crystals with fine Quartz crystals.
An American classic.
Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.7 × 2.2 cm = 2.87” × 2.24” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.3 cm = 0.98” × 0.51”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of John & Pat Carlon
Fluorite with Chalcopyrite
 

TR47AM9: Group of sharp Fluorite crystals, between transparent and translucent, with bright luster and geometric color zoning very marked by the contrast between the yellow color in most of the crystal and the deep violet color in the edges. With inclusions of small crystals of Chalcopyrite. A classic from the USA.
Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA (±1980)

Specimen size: 10 × 5.4 × 4.6 cm = 3.94” × 2.13” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 3.9 × 2.7 cm = 1.54” × 1.06”

Fluorite with Chalcopyrite. Fluorite with Chalcopyrite.
Fluorite with Quartz and Chalcopyrite
Fluorite with Quartz and Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz and Chalcopyrite. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz and Chalcopyrite.

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

BRB37AO8: Group of sharp Fluorite crystals, between transparent and translucent, with good luster and a geometric color zoning marked by the good contrast between the yellow color in most of the crystal and the deep violet on the edges. With Quartz at the base and inclusions of small Chalcopyrite crystals.
A classic from the USA that comes from an important European collection.
Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA

Specimen size: 10.1 × 7.8 × 3.4 cm = 3.98” × 3.07” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.6 cm = 0.67” × 0.63”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV
Baryte on Fluorite
 

TC26G3: This floater specimen is very esthetic and original. Tabular white crystals of Baryte are aerial on a Fluorite crystal having a curious growth, formed by three faces of a cube and a fourth one being octahedral, where the Baryte group is attached.
Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA

Specimen size: 5.2 × 5 × 4.3 cm = 2.05” × 1.97” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 2.6 cm = 1.77” × 1.02”

Fluorescent long UV
Baryte on Fluorite. Front
Front
Baryte on Fluorite. Rear
Rear
Calcite with Fluorite
Calcite with Fluorite. Front
Front
Calcite with Fluorite. Top
Top
 

TR73X6: Scalenohedral crystals, one of them clearly dominant and doubly terminated, modified by other crystalline forms. The Calcite, translucent, bright and with a honey-yellow color, is implanted on a group of crystals of deep violet colored Fluorite. An American classic.
Denton Mine, Goose Creek Mine group, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA

Specimen size: 14 × 9.5 × 6.5 cm = 5.51” × 3.74” × 2.56”

Main crystal size: 6.2 × 4.5 cm = 2.44” × 1.77”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV
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 = 4.72” × 4.02” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 7.3 × 6.7 cm = 2.87” × 2.64”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Sphalerite. Fluorite with Sphalerite.
Baryte
Baryte. Baryte.
 

TX46Q6: “Book” aggregates of thick tabular crystals with very well defined blue color from one of the great classic localities of North America.
The sample has a Geary Murdock collection label that we’ll send to the buyer.
Hardin County, Illinois  USA

Specimen size: 6 × 7 × 5.3 cm = 2.36” × 2.76” × 2.09”

Minor fluorescence short UV
Witherite with Calcite
 

VA47Y5: An intergrowth of two crystals on a matrix of very acute Calcite crystals. The crystals of Witherite, yellowish in color, are formed by a thick prism, horizontally striated, and much flattened and slightly curved rhombohedral terminations.
Minerva I Mine, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA (±1978)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4.2 × 3 cm = 1.85” × 1.65” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 3.2 cm = 1.61” × 1.26”

Former collection of A. Mayor

Intense fluorescence long & short UV
Witherite with Calcite. Front
Front
Witherite with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Witherite with Alstonite
Witherite with Alstonite. Front
Front
Witherite with Alstonite. Top
Top
Witherite with Alstonite  

EX89Y3: Two partially doubly terminated crystals, one of them clearly dominant, isolated and with very well defined faces and edges, which is really uncommon for Minerva I Mine samples. The Witherite is on a matrix partially coated by small white Alstonite crystals.
The sample is from the Martin Zinn collection, whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Minerva I Mine, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.8 × 3.5 cm = 2.13” × 1.89” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.6 cm = 1.18” × 1.02”

Very fluorescent long & short UV
Witherite with Fluorite and Calcite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TLP97AO5: Witherite crystals formed by a thick prism and very flattened and slightly curved rhombohedral terminations with marked polycrystalline growths, translucent, and yellow in color. On matrix with Calcite and Fluorite crystals. A very characteristic specimen for this classic locality, both for the USA and for the species.
Minerva I Mine, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA

Specimen size: 11.3 × 9.7 × 6.7 cm = 4.45” × 3.82” × 2.64”

Very fluorescent long & short UV
Witherite with Fluorite and Calcite. Front
Front
Witherite with Fluorite and Calcite. Side
Side
Witherite with Fluorite and Calcite.
Calcite with Sphalerite
Calcite with Sphalerite. Front
Front
Calcite with Sphalerite. Side
Side
Calcite with Sphalerite. Rear
Rear
 

TF88AE2: Aggregate of two scalenohedral Calcite crystals with very well defined parallel polycrystalline growths. They are translucent, have a pale yellow color with white phantoms and are on a Sphalerite matrix. An American classic.
Rosiclare, Rosiclare Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA

Specimen size: 14.7 × 11 × 9.3 cm = 5.79” × 4.33” × 3.66”

Main crystal size: 14 × 7 cm = 5.51” × 2.76”

Minor fluorescence short UV

INDIANA


Calcite
 

MP26AM9: Group of Calcite crystals on matrix, with poorly developed prism faces and clearly dominant forms of a flattened rhombohedron. They are transparent, lustrous, and have an intense and uniform yellow color. The specimen, from a classic American locality for the species, is from the Robert J. Noble collection and will be sent to the buyer in its original Perky box from that collection, which also contains the label.
Berry Materials Corp. Quarry, North Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana  USA

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.7 × 2.4 cm = 1.10” × 1.06” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.9 cm = 1.02” × 0.75”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Bob Noble
Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Side
Side
Calcite. Side
Side
Doubly terminated Calcite
Doubly terminated Calcite.
 

M82N: Doubly terminated Calcite. Sharp edges and pretty gemmy. A perfect representative sample from Berry Materials quarry.
Berry Materials Corp. Quarry, North Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana  USA

Specimen size: 4.2 × 6.5 cm = 1.65” × 2.56”

Calcite
 

EH47X0: Group of crystals on matrix formed by a short prism and a terminal flattened rhombohedron. The crystals are transparent, bright, with yellow color and slight orange tones and very well marked phantom growths. An American classic.
Berry Materials Corp. Quarry, North Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana  USA

Specimen size: 10.7 × 8.7 × 3.9 cm = 4.21” × 3.43” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2.4 cm = 1.02” × 0.94”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Former collection of Claus Hedegaard. Number 10799
Calcite. Calcite.
Calcite
Calcite. Calcite.
 

TXR63AN9: Equant twinned Calcite crystal with a bipyramidal habit, between transparent and translucent, with good luster and a honey-yellow color.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Irving Materials Quarry, Anderson, Madison County, Indiana  USA

Specimen size: 2.4 × 2 × 1.2 cm = 0.94” × 0.79” × 0.47”

Former collection of Bob Noble

IOWA


Baryte
 

MD16AM8: Very sharp, complete floater crystal of transparent and lustrous Baryte with a little matrix.
We will send the buyer the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Linwood Mine, Buffalo, Scott County, Iowa  USA

Specimen size: 2.7 × 1.5 × 1 cm = 1.06” × 0.59” × 0.39”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Bob Noble
Baryte. Baryte.
Baryte
Baryte. Front
Front
Baryte. Side
Side
 

TK57AD2: Very aerial aggregate of very sharp doubly terminated crystals that are transparent and bright and whose color is between smoky and yellow. Some of them have parallel growths and inclusions.
Linwood Mine, Buffalo, Scott County, Iowa  USA (2011-2012)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 4.8 × 2.7 cm = 4.06” × 1.89” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 4.6 × 2.7 cm = 1.81” × 1.06”


KANSAS


Galena with Pyrite
 

TB28S1: Group of very bright cuboctohedral crystals of Galena that have polycrystalline and partially skeletal growths. An American classic.
Ballard Mine, Baxter Springs, Picher Field, Tri-State District, Cherokee County, Kansas  USA

Specimen size: 9.4 × 7.2 × 4.4 cm = 3.70” × 2.83” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 3 × 3.1 cm = 1.18” × 1.22”

Galena with Pyrite. Front
Front
Galena with Pyrite. Side
Side

KENTUCKY


Millerite with Pyrite
Millerite with Pyrite. Millerite with Pyrite.
 

TBB11AN4: Quartz crystal geode with very lustrous acicular Millerite crystals and isolated cubo-octahedral Pyrite crystals. From a classic locality for Millerite.
We will ship this specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. (Bob) Noble collection, which also contains a label stating that it was previously in the Melanson collection.
Halls Gap, Lincoln County, Kentucky  USA

Specimen size: 2.3 × 2 × 1 cm = 0.91” × 0.79” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.1 cm = 0.20” × 0.04”

Former collection of Bob Noble

MICHIGAN


Copper
 

LX69AE4: Floater aggregate of Copper crystals with a considerable length. Their faces and edges are unusually well developed, forming parallel growths.
The sample is from the Carles Millan collection (catalog#1111), who’s computer card we’ll send to the buyer.
Central Mine, Central, Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3.2 × 1.4 cm = 2.44” × 1.26” × 0.55”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.5 cm = 0.63” × 0.59”

Former collection of Carles Millan
Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear
Copper
Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear
Copper.
 

TM43AJ2: A copper “foot”. Parallel growths of crystals that have very well defined faces and edges with a predominant octahedron and dodecahedron, some of them almost complete and all them very bright.
Copper Harbor, Lake Superior, Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 6.1 × 3.3 × 2.4 cm = 2.40” × 1.30” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1 cm = 0.91” × 0.39”

Copper

Fluorescent light (daylight)
Copper
 

SV2190TBR: Group of arborescent Copper crystals arranged aerially and with a very sharp crystal definition.
A very elegant miniature from a classic American deposit for Copper, and which comes to us via the old collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon.
Lake Superior copper district, Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.1 × 1.1 cm = 0.98” × 0.83” × 0.43”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.16” × 0.08”

Former collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon
Copper. Copper.
Copper
Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear
 

TX71AL3: Arborescent growth of very aerial and individual crystals of Copper with curvatures on the faces and edges.
Cliff Mine, Phoenix, Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 11 × 5.6 × 2.3 cm = 4.33” × 2.20” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.5 cm = 0.87” × 0.59”

Copper
 

MV66AM0: Floater group of very well defined dodecahedral crystals, bright and of good size, with fine alignments formed by the recrystallization of very shiny Copper microcrystals. With a little matrix and casts of vanished Quartz crystals. An American classic, a high quality miniature.
Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.2 × 2.2 cm = 1.06” × 0.87” × 0.87”

Copper. Front  / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Copper. Side  / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Copper. Side  / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Copper. Rear  / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver and Copper (variety halfbreed)
Silver and Copper (variety halfbreed). Front
Front
Silver and Copper (variety halfbreed). Rear
Rear
Silver and Copper (variety halfbreed). Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

EGR96AQ1: Arborescent growths of Silver and Copper, intermingled but, at the same time, well differentiated (“halfbreed” variety), both with recognizable and well developed crystal forms.
A Keweenaw classic, rare and of excellent quality.
Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.7 × 2.5 cm = 1.81” × 1.46” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.63” × 0.20”

Copper
Copper  

TF86H5: Excellent crystallization clearly showing the faces of the dodecahedron, even considering the typical deformation and elongation of crystals.
The sample is from an old collection of Northwestern University and we’ll include the label.
Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 6 × 3.6 × 3.4 cm = 2.36” × 1.42” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.7 cm = 0.67” × 0.28”

Copper.
Copper
Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

NRF46AO8: Dendritic growth on matrix with elongated and flattened Copper crystals with well defined faces with a predominance of rhombododecahedra and octahedra.
It comes from the Santiago Jiménez collection, which not only had specimens from Spain but also a good representation of minerals from all over the world.
Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 9.8 × 6.2 × 2.3 cm = 3.86” × 2.44” × 0.91”

Former collection of Santiago Jiménez García
Silver with Galena and Quartz
 

EP89AA5: Arborescent growth of curved native Silver crystals with fresh, bright surfaces typical of the best samples from the locality and with small cubic crystals and foliated surfaces of Galena and small Quartz fragments. A very good American classic.
Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 4 × 2.3 × 1.5 cm = 1.57” × 0.91” × 0.59”

Silver with Galena and Quartz. Front
Front
Silver with Galena and Quartz. Rear
Rear
Copper
Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear
Copper.
 

TB86AL6: Very aerial dendritic aggregate of rhombododecahedral Copper crystals on matrix, slightly deformed in the growth process but with very well defined faces and edges. Excellent specimen, very elegant and large. An American classic.
Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 20.5 × 15 × 6.7 cm = 8.07” × 5.91” × 2.64”

Copper
 

TE68D8: A large crystal of native Copper. It is a complete floater that is very esthetic given the perfect form of the main crystal.
Osceola Mine, Osceola No. 6, Osceola, Houghton County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 6.7 × 2.5 × 1.6 cm = 2.64” × 0.98” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 1.6 cm = 1.26” × 0.63”

Copper.
Copper with Calcite
Copper with Calcite. Front
Front
Copper with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Copper with Calcite  

EC86P2: Very aerial aggregate of big, bright crystals whose faces are very well defined for the species and contrasting with the white coatings of Calcite.
The sample is with an old label of the collection of the Museum of Mineralogy and Petrology of Berlin University.
Lake Superior, Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 6.9 × 3.8 × 3.4 cm = 2.72” × 1.50” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 2 cm = 1.14” × 0.79”

Copper (skull)
Copper (skull)  

TZ91AF1: Nodular growth of native Copper well known as a “skull,” that has partially preserved the walls of the original nodule and that has poorly defined crystallizations inside. An American classic with an old Minerals International label that we’ll send to the buyer.
Centennial Mine, Centennial No. 6 shaft, Centennial, Houghton County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 8.7 × 6.8 × 4.5 cm = 3.43” × 2.68” × 1.77”

Copper (skull). Front
Front
Copper (skull). Side
Side
Copper with Analcime

Recorded under neon light

Recorded under neon light

Recorded under neon light

Recorded under neon light
Copper with Analcime  

TXR13CD6: Very aerial group formed by well-defined Copper crystals in stalagmitic growth, with their characteristic bronze color that has not been lost even though it is a very old specimen. A large and sharp Analcime crystal makes the piece even more attractive.
This specimen, well documented and of very considerable size, comes from the Fernando Reyna collection and it is very noteworthy that the Copper crystals are so well defined in such a large specimen.
Centennial Mine, Centennial, Houghton County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 20.2 × 13.3 × 4.2 cm = 7.95” × 5.24” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 5 × 2.4 cm = 1.97” × 0.94”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani

Former collection of Fernando Reyna
Copper with Calcite
 

EM37AA1: Arborescent growth of elongated crystals with well-defined faces and edges, with a considerable length and on a small crystalline Calcite matrix. A museum quality sample.
Lake Superior, Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 16 × 6.5 × 1.5 cm = 6.30” × 2.56” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 5.5 × 2.2 cm = 2.17” × 0.87”

Copper with Calcite. Front
Front
Copper with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Silver
Silver.
 

TF97Q8: Arborescent growth that, from the base to the upper zone, developed progressively taller crystals that have better developed crystalline forms. A good sample.
Wolverine Mine, Wolverine, Houghton County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 4 × 3.7 × 1.8 cm = 1.57” × 1.46” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.7 cm = 0.43” × 0.28”

Silver and Copper (variety halfbreed)
 

TQ6AN1: Deformed native Silver crystals, with distinguishable faces and edges, on a native Copper matrix. A classic example of what in collecting jargon is known as a 'halfbreed'.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Calumet No. 1 Mine, Calumet Township, Houghton County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.9 × 1.2 cm = 0.94” × 0.75” × 0.47”

Former collection of Bob Noble
Silver and Copper (variety halfbreed). Silver and Copper (variety halfbreed).
Silver with Copper
Silver with Copper. Front
Front
Silver with Copper. Rear
Rear
 

ED52T4: Arborescent aggregate of Silver crystals, elongated and very well defined for the species. They are with equant and isolated crystals of native Copper. The sample has a number corresponding to an indeterminate collection.
The specimen has been published in the Chinese magazine ‘Mineral Lover’ on page 6 in the volume 9/2011
Tamarack Mine, Tamarack, Calumet Township, Houghton County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 4.5 × 2.5 × 1.5 cm = 1.77” × 0.98” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.4 cm = 0.71” × 0.16”

Calcite with Copper inclusions

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TFR46AO0: Doubly terminated scalenohedral Calcite crystal, translucent, white and with abundant reddish native Copper inclusions. One of the most desired American classics, in this case with a peculiarity, the growth of a second generation of small, very white Calcite crystals that give the piece a rather peculiar appearance.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 01/2022, page 73
Quincy Mine, Hancock, Houghton County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 7.6 × 3.7 × 2.6 cm = 2.99” × 1.46” × 1.02”

Calcite with Copper inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with Copper inclusions. Rear
Rear
Calcite with Copper inclusions.
Copper and Calcite with Copper inclusions
Copper and Calcite with Copper inclusions. Front
Front
Copper and Calcite with Copper inclusions. Side
Side
Copper and Calcite with Copper inclusions. Copper and Calcite with Copper inclusions.

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

EZR99AP2: Scalenohedral crystals of Calcite, one of them clearly dominant, accompanied by leafy aggregates of Copper surrounding the Calcite crystals externally but with the particularity that other copper crystals are included within the scalenohedrons of Calcite, giving them the reddish color so characteristic of this type of specimen, an American classic.
Quincy Mine, Hancock, Houghton County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 6.1 × 4.8 × 2.3 cm = 2.40” × 1.89” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 4 × 2.1 cm = 1.57” × 0.83”

Copper with Calcite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
Copper with Calcite
 

TV46AJ8: Very aerial dendritic native Copper growths on matrix with aggregates of complex Calcite crystals that are translucent, bright, and have a pale pink color. This association of native Copper and well crystallized Calcite is known but rare at Keweenaw.
The sample is from the American mineral dealer Al McGuinness whose label we will send to the buyer.
Keweenaw Copper District, Ontonagon County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 11.4 × 7.5 × 5.1 cm = 4.49” × 2.95” × 2.01”

Copper with Calcite. Copper with Calcite.
Silver
Silver. Front
Front
Silver. Rear
Rear
Silver.
 

TX53AL3: Tree-like growth, on matrix, of very elongated crystals of Silver, with pronounced twists (“wires”) and crystalline terminations. An excellent example from a mining district from which Silver is known but not abundant.
Caledonia Mine, Mass City, Ontonagon County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 4.8 × 2.3 × 2.1 cm = 1.89” × 0.91” × 0.83”

Copper with Cuprite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
Copper with Cuprite
 

TXF91AQ1: Dendritic growth of very elongated Copper crystals, with reddish tones due to Cuprite coatings, a rare association in Ontonagon specimens.
The specimen comes from the collection of William Severance (number 94-14), whose number on a small piece of paper we will send to the buyer.
White Pine Mine, White Pine, Ontonagon County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 12.7 × 5.1 × 1 cm = 5.00” × 2.01” × 0.39”

Former collection of William Severance
Copper with Cuprite. Front
Front
Copper with Cuprite. Rear
Rear
Copper with Cuprite.

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