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A very showy, hefty example of witherite from this famous district. The specimen is composed of unusually lustrous, sparkling, columnar crystals to 3 cm in height. Some of the tips, in particular on the top cluster, are contacted and so not complete, or this would be priced much more highly. Still, many tips are complete, and the overall appearance is actually quite nice, as well as being a significant locality specimen.
Sharp crystals to about 1.5 cm, showing another classic hexagonal style for Andreasberg - obviously this collector loved the calcites from this rich silver mining district.
A very sculptural specimen with a classic hexagonal, translucent calcite crystal perched atop matrix. The crystal measures 3.5 cm across and is very 3-dimensional, and complete all around except for a very minor edge wear which could in any case be minimized if so desired with a few drops of weak acid. But as it is, it looks more antique, and i like it that way. Quite a nice calcite, showing stereotypical form.
This collector loved his Andreasberg calcites! Here is an unusual piece with sharp , translucent crystals to 2 cm, quite differrent from the normal sharp hexagonal forms we consider so typical of this locality.
A remarkably large plate of this rare zeolite group member, hosting hundreds of sharp crystals. This is the type locality for the species, from 1801, and this specimen would surely date to the 1800s. Many crystals, to 5 or 6mm , are cyclic-twinned.
A superb miniature of display quality, with a sharp, 3-D crystal of galena measuring 2.7 cm nicely centered on siderite matrix. this is CLASSIC Neudorf material, always so prized and hard to come by on the market today. The crystal is perfect and complete, symmetric all around except for two small sections where some growth contact apparently took place and there are little microfaces instead of the normal bevel on an edge. These things are ALWAYS expensive, sorry, sometimes in Europe worth more than gold. A symmetric and aesthetic piece like this is just a super rarity.
This is a very complexly crystallized galena specimen , quite mesmerizing in person, with an acecnting drapery of siderite. THe old label notes that there are some twinned crystals here, and seems to indicate that the piece was illustrated , naming page and figure number for a book or article. This is a fine, aesthetic, AND classic old example of galena from this important mining district. Noteably, good galena is actually more rare on the market today from Freiberg than silver minerals, because so little of it was saved compared to silver species.
A significant specimen from the TYPE LOCALITY both for its size, and for the huge, sharp crystal on matrix that is so seldom seen. That large dominant crystal is just a hair over 1 cm in size, and it is SHARP AND EQUANT. So few euchroites reach this size, and retain such symmetry, it seems. I have seen only a few bigger, and those not so well placed on nice matrix. Overall the specimen is attractive because of the covering of euchroite elsewhere upon it, also inclduing some smaller sharp crystals and in places a more velvety druse. This is an important specimen from THE significant locality for this species. Note the date of 1893 on the second old label, and the listing of the country as Hungary on the Krantz label, dating this piece quite nicely in time!
A very fine chalcopyrite for the locality, with sharp crystals to over 1 cm perched on crystallized siderite matrix.
Sharp , classically formed hexagonal calcite from this old loclaity, with crystals to 2 cm nicely displayed on matrix!
A sparkling, gorgeous, large speicmen that is a typical Andreasberg matrix literally draped by sharp crystals of apophyllite. Very rare even in the heyday of this silver district, German apophyllites have always been desired among collectors for their rairity. This piece is of good size, and highly aesthetic! Rare on the market, and certainly from the 1800s
A CLASSIC calcite for this locality, with super sharp, hexagonal, crystals showing translucency and color zoning. THe crystals are to just over 1 cm in size. The overall arrangement is very sculptural.
From the TYPE LOCALITY (1871), this specimen was already in a collection by 1875 and we could safely, i think, assume it is, from style and from the dating, from the first finds here at this locality - still known for having produced the best of the species known to date. This is a particularly large crystal for the species, 7mm in size, and quite robust. It was luckily protected inside a 3-dimensional vug.
A large plate of sparkling, very lustrous , sphalerite from this classic old district, probably from the early to mid 1800s. It is very nearly pristine despite its large size, and presetns well. Old classic!
TYPE LOCALITY 1851, for the species....this is a superb, sharp, 9mm matlockite crystal in matrix of galena. Matlockite is exceptionally rare, especially in nice fat crystals such as this. While on close examination it has a contact on one corner, it is still impressive visually, and for the size and color.
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