Krusne Hory Mountains (Erzgebirge), Karlovy Vary region, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 4.2 x 3.8 cm
This is a significant old-timer from a bygone era of mining in the Erzgebirge. Divergent fascicles of tin-white to brassy emplectite needles and dull gray, curved, intergrown, acicular to almost fibrous aggregates of what may be cosalite are distributed richly around this barite-galena-chalcopyrite matrix. Emplectite needles are sometimes included within platy barite crystals. Emplectite is a very uncommon copper bismuth sulfide. Rare and excellent historic material that looks fabulous under the microscope. William C. Metropolis Fine Minerals label.
A GEM crystal of this important old classic, in a stunning aesthetic that I am shocked survived a century or more unscathed: these were mined in the early to late 1800's. Specimens like this, with modern aesthetic qualitya nd in such pristine condition, only survived under careful curation. It is read-through transparent quality, in person, though the camera cannot emphasize the gemminess as much as the human eye does. The piece has an old label attached to it characteristic of prices and style of label in the early 1900's, and then was sold by the London dealership Gregory & Bottley in the mid-1900's. For the size, it is one of the finest gem barites I have seen of this style, as the main crystal is doubly terminated, totaly pristine, and has no damage (though the sidecar crystals are broken on their tips). The piece displays both vertical and horizontal, to equal effect. Joe Budd photos.
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.
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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