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
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Small Cabinet – Maximum 9.4 cm
Cabinet – Maximum 18.0 cm
Large Cabinet – Over 18.0 cm
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