This is a massive arborescent cluster of acanthite on matrix! Complete all around and just impressive as hell: Charlie Key's reply at the show, when shown the piece, was "oh shit" - and that is a typical reaction. For Mexico it would be a killer already. For this new find, it blows away any other I have seen, and also beats any Mexican acanthite except maybe one i na museum, that I know of. Hefty piece, as it weighs 1145 grams. Comes with custom lucite base for easy display.
ex. Al Ordway
I was surprised by this superb, full miniature in Al's collection. It is a display-quality specimen from the Comstock, probably from the late 1800s (as the typical period label on back seems to confirm), featuring a castle-like cluster of sharp cacanthites perched on CRYSTALLIZED quartz. This association is classically known, but so rarely seen. Al got this in 2006, from an old collection being broken up.
ex. Robert Whitmore
A razor-sharp, floater crystal that is complete and finely formed on both sides. It looks good from any view, upside down and vice versa! This is classic oldstyle Guanajuato material with fine lustre, seldom seen today.
SHARP cubic acanthite crystals to 5 mm, stacked end to end wit a slight association to quartz and matrix, make this a rather elegant and displayworthy piece from the old mines here. German acanthites are generally old (100 years and more), and come out of museum collections. This is no exception, having been traded out of Harvard in the 1970s to a well known collector. In person, it is much better...very fine quality, and a good size.
ex. Marilyn Dodge
A superb pair of Acanthite crystals from one of the world’s great Silver localities. For size, luster, and sharpness, these are way above the norm, making this a truly outstanding specimen. 3-dimensional!
ex. Dr. Frederick Pough
ex. Dr. Miguel Romero
ex. Irv Brown
As the fact that the piece has been so frequently illustrated attests to, it is super-fine. The sharpness and size of these crystals, combined with phenomenal lustre, make it one of the best miniatures for the species and locality. Hands down. It was a personal gift from Dr. Miguel Romero, the noted Mexican collector, to Fred Pough. It was later sold by Pough, after Romero passed away, to California dealer Cal Graeber who resold it to collector Irv Brown in the 1990's. It is the only piece I have ever seen for sale with an actual label from Romero, in his hand (written on the back of his business card in black ink, with Spanish spellings of the species and locality).
ex. Richard Heck
A stunning cluster with exceptional lustre: This is a cute cluster of 3 bright crystals of acanthite, to 1.5 cm across.Two of the crystals appear to exhibit at least partial hopper growth, where the edges of the crystals grow faster than the faces, thus resulting in complex hollowed-out "crevasses" in some faces. Complete all around!
ex. David Stoudt
Stacked crystals, to 8 mm across, of splendent, dark gray acanthite, are aesthetically perched on a stem of acanthite. The acanthite crystals are superbly lustrous, making this a really fine thumbnail specimen with classic form and style for the material from this mine
ex. Ron Pellar
Acanthite thumbnails are common enough, but this piece has a symmetry and form that really makes it leap out, even amongst all the examples out there. I found it mesmerizing when I first saw this on exhibit in the Pellar collection competitive cases when I lived in California in the early 1990s. It is 360-degree complete all around, and is more than just a "small example", transcending to be superb thumbnail way beyond the norm for a relatively common species. Ex Star van Scriver collection, in 1983, to thumbnail collector Ron Pellar. Was in his 1989 National Award winning trophy case of thumbnails. Joe Budd photos.
This is a superb miniature of an old classic species from this important silvermining district. More importantly, and unlike so many other such surviving examples, it is on matrix - and contrasting matrix at that! These crystals are not as massive as some I have seen from the locality but in fact are much more elegant and sharply crystallized than you normally see. Though it has lost the original labels, tags glued to the bottom indicate that it came from the Metzger collection through the Schwethelm collection to Leithauser. Again, as with most of his German specimens, it is not only imporant but also as aesthetic as you could ask for in such a creature.
Super-SHARP pseudomorph after argentite! In rare octahedral form! The largest crystal is 1 cm in length. One of the best thumbs in the lot!
Largest acanthite octahedron measures 1 cm in length.
A nice cluster of acanthite crystals. The largest octahedron measures .75 cm in length.
This is a dendritic cluster of acanthite . It is comprised of cm size, distorted octahedrons.
Octahedral, dendritic growth of acanthite . Longest crystal is .8 cm.
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