Sub-Rosiclare Level, Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek Dist., Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 13.3 x 12.5 x 8.8 cm
An impressive large specimen with dramatic phantom-zoned crystals on contrasting matrix: This large piece can display several ways, actually, though we like this horizontal view. The large barite "mound" is crystallized and provides a nice contrast to the sharp edges of the fluorites. It is stained a darker color than usual because of minute inclusions of petroleum. The fluorites are lustrous and gemmy, sharply color-zoned crystals to 5 cm on a side. The fluorite crystals, which exhibit stepped growth, appear dark purple but actually have straw colored cores and dark purple bands at the terminations - colors and patterns that are more evident and dramatic in person. Mined in December,1953 and from the Ross Lillie collection. RCL#1852.
Rosiclare Level, Minerva Mine #1, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 10.1 x 8.8 x 4.5 cm
Three-dimensional clusters of sparkling barite stand up from matrix of dark purple fluorite crystals and are composed of sparkling rosettes, to 1.5 cm across, of lustrous and gemmy, snow-white barite. The form and color contrast is outstanding. Mined in March, 1990 and from the Ross Lillie collection. RCL#0439.
Sub-Rosiclare Level, Livingston Trend, Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek Dist., Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 10.6 x 9.0 x 8.5 cm
Unusual! Stalactites from Illinois! This is a great example of stalactitic growth. Multiple stalks of gleaming, snow-white barite extend 5 cm in length in a vertical arrangement Sparkling and complete all around, this is a one of a kind Illinois specimen with a great balance of size and aesthetics. Mined in September, 1988 and from the Ross Lillie collection. RCL#0207.
Sub-Rosiclare Level, Minerva Mine #1, Cave-in-Rock Dist., Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 12.8 x 7.1 x 4.5 cm
A thick slab of white limestone is the matrix for flattened sprays of glassy and gemmy, colorless barite crystals to 1 cm across. Scattered on the barite are glassy and gemmy, limpid, light sky blue crystals of fluorite to 1.2 cm across. The combination of divergent forms and colors is outstanding and unusual. It is, though, very sparkly and bright - better in person! Mined June 1994 and from the Ross Lillie collection. RCL#1486.
Rosiclare Level, Minerva Mine #1, Cave-in-Rock Dist., Illinois, USA
Small Cabinet, 7.6 x 6.3 x 4.4 cm
This is a freeform specimen of botryoidal, white barite that very closely resembles "flos ferri" aragonite. Mined in the 1960's according to his label and from the collection of Ross Lillie. RCL#0645. Unusual for the district, but also highly unusual period, for any barite! It is snow-white and complete all around!
Montreal Mine, Hurley, Iron County, Wisconsin, USA
Small Cabinet, 8.2 x 6.8 x 4.7 cm
Three large, tabular crystals, to 5 cm in length, of lustrous and translucent, tan-colored barite are intergrown in a fan pattern. This is a rare, historic locality piece from this famous old iron mine. We seldom see any so well preserved and aesthetic, for sale.
Rough claims 3 and 4, Kechika River, Sifton Pass, Liard Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada
Miniature, 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.75 cm
Originates from the type locality and is a co-type specimen! A member of the Hollandite Supergroup, this miniature consists of white barite matrix with black veinlets of this rare barium titanium vanadium oxide Ex. Basil R. Halhed and Paulo Matioli collections.
Wheal Carpenter, Fraddam, Gwinear-Gwithian, Cornwall, England, UK
Miniature, 3.5 x 3.0 x 1.5 cm
A rich, classic, specimen of botryoidal, green cornwallite in a boxwork, matrix with quartz, granular massive barite, and goethite from Wheal Carpenter, Fraddam, Gwinear-Gwithian, Cornwall, England, UK. Cornwallite is the arsenate analogue of malachite. British Museum of Natural History label indicating it was collected by Arthur Kingsbury in 1952 and verified via XRD by Mike Rumsey in 2007. A nice specimen with good provenance. Ex. British Museum and Paulo Matioli collections.
The very fine blue Barites from Frizington are true classics. The largest crystal here (3.5 cm) is doubly-terminated, as are a number of the other crystals. The luster is outstanding, and the grey-blue color is both delicate and dazzling in its own way. The Barites rest on a bed of lustrous, curvaceous Dolomite crystals, and these are decorated by thousands of iridescent, micro Specular Hematites. The aesthetics are truly distinctive, and it displays vertically or horizontally. The overall form and shape hides the fact that one Barite on each side, low and out of the way, has been cleaved, although it is hard to spot in the overall 3-dimensional frontal presentation. This piece is that good, that if perfect, it would command several times higher a price. As it is, it still displays wonderfully and looks like it should cost far more. It is a truly classical example of these fine old specimens, in just the right size! Better in person.
Denton, Rosiclare Level, Harris Creek, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.1 x 4.9 x 3.0 cm
Tabular, lustrous and translucent, straw yellow, Baryte crystals, to 2.2 cm across contrast nicely with a lustrous and translucent, deep lavender colored cube of fluorite measuring 3.4 cm on an edge. Mined in July 1982 from the northwest edge of the main ore body. Collected by Ross Lillie from a basketball sized pocket. RCL 0340.
Minerva #1, Rosiclare Level, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 12.2 x 8.7 x 7.2 cm
Overgrowing a core of fluorite are tabular crystals, to 2.3 cm across, of sparkling, snow-white Baryte. Perched nicely on the Baryte are lustrous and translucent, light amber colored calcite crystals to 5.6 cm in length. This largest calcite is also doubly terminated. From advance mining in northeast drift. This is another really unique, aesthetic specimen from the Lillie collection. Previous dealer price on this was $3500 in the collection sale, and it is frankly worth that, in my opinion (though we amortized most prices downward in making a large deal to bring these to the web.) RCL0215
Toenail – A “gut feeling” but often overlaps between a large thumbnail and a small miniature
Miniature – Maximum 5.0 cm
Small Cabinet – Maximum 9.4 cm
Cabinet – Maximum 18.0 cm
Large Cabinet – Over 18.0 cm
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