An SUPERB and VERY AESTHETIC miniature of octohedral acanthite crystals from the recent find at the Imiter Mine in the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The piece is crowned by two medium-lustre, etched, overgrown, octohedral acanthite crystals to 2.0 cm. Seasoned European collectors liken these pieces to classic Freiberg acanthite, which were never common. Many collectors and dealers expect these to become an instant classic. 4.0 x 2.6 x 2.4 cm
Superb, dramatic cluster featuring a cubic accanthite on a 1-inch hoppered crystal. MUCH MORE 3-DIMENSIONAL AND impressive in person 3.2 x 1.8 x 1.1 cm
A fine, lustrous silvery-grey modified dodecahedron of Acanthite on Calcite matrix. This specimen is from a find from about 3 years ago. A nice thumbnail for the locality. 2.1 x 2.0 x 1.3cm
An excellent thumbnail of acanthite from the MAJOR MOROCCAN find shown at the 2005 St. Marie Show in France. The piece consists of medium lustre, etched, octohedral acanthite crystals to 9 mm with a few barite blades. These acanthites come from the Imiter Mine in the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Seasoned European collectors liken these pieces to classic Freiberg acanthite, which were never common. Many collectors and dealers expect these to become an instant classic. 2.0 x 1.8 x 1.7 cm
A rich, old-time, showy specimen of two, tiny wire silver nests sitting at the base of a rich mass of acanthite on milky quartz from the famous Bulldog Mountain Mine at Creede, Colorado. Ex Richard Hauck Collection. 4.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
An EXCELLENT and AESTHETIC miniature of acanthite from the MAJOR MOROCCAN find shown at the 2005 St. Marie Show in France. The piece consists of medium lustre, etched, octohedral acanthite crystals to 1.6 cm WITH a few silver wires. These acanthites come from the Imiter Mine in the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Seasoned European collectors liken these pieces to classic Freiberg acanthite, which were never common. Many collectors and dealers expect these to become an instant classic. 4.1 x 3.0 x 1.8 cm
This elegant miniature features traditional Kongsberg ropey silver perched on and around a stepped cluster of superb, lustrous acanthite crystals! Acanthite of such quality is EXTREMELY rare for the locale, and especially uncommon in association with beautiful rope silver. This piece comes out of an old collection, from Australia. 4 x 2.6 x 1.9 cm
Gray, lustrous, modified, crystals of acanthite after argentite, to .3 cm across, abound along with a quartz druse on matrix. Guanajuato is a noted locality for this pseudomorph. 9.2 x 5.2 x 4.1 cm
Incredible rich specimen of argentite crystals on matrix to 4mm. The argentite crystals are attractively draped with a nice gold layer of pyrite. These crystals have interesting , sharp form and are nicely spread across the matrix. The pyrite is preferentially coating the argentite, providing an interesting look to the piece; one side gold, one side metallic-grey. This is another super-rare European classic which is almost never seen on the US market today. Old Schortmann’s Minerals label comes with piece. That was a lot of money 60 years ago! 4.3 x 4.3 x 2.2 cm
This unusually sculptural and very well-crystallized acanthite was once part of the world famous silver mineral collection of Terry Wallace, who up to recent years was a professor of geology at the University of Arizona and curator of the incredible Romero collection there. Later from Evan Jones personal collection. The dark, battleship gray, color and good luster are highlighted by raised crystal edges, giving this extremely modified piece, an almost hopper-like appearance. Front and back are shown, as well as a side view. Rare and superb. 3.4 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm.
Neatly perched on a matrix of white, botryoidal calcite is a cluster of dark gray, matte luster, crystals of acanthite after argentite. The largest cube measures .45 cm across. The label on the back side of this specimen indicates that it was mined in 1892. It later entered the collection of the University of Chicago, in 1964. It is a super locality piece because acanthites on such matrix are rare, but the dated label is surely a bonus and gives solid locality designation as well! 6.2 x 5.4 x 5.3 cm
This is a massive arborescent cluster of acanthite on matrix! Complete all around and just impressive as heck. For this new find, it blows away any other I have seen, and also beats any Mexican acanthite except maybe one in a museum, that I know of. Hefty piece, as it weighs 1145 grams. 12 x 10 x 9 cm.
A superb, rare locality specimen with a valid old label clearly showing this is from ANNABERG and not the more commmonly seen Freiberg district. Sharp crystals of calcite decorate and accent this solid cluster of 100% crystallized acanthite, which I have not cleaned to enhance its brightness and so it remains au naturale. Probably from the early to mid 1800s, this is a very rare locality specimen.
ex. Dr. Eugene Meieran
ex. Evan Jones
Superb, incredibly aesthetic, example from this most treasured of old European classic Silver locales. This piece has a beautiful dark patina caused by a micro layer of acanthite coating, and an exquisite complexity to the rope as it twists and turns like a living thing. The piece is VERY sturdy despite its elegant look, and this is a solid piece that is not flexible or "bendy" like some German silvers of this size. Long one of the premier silvers in the Meieran collection, and one of the half dozen best he had acquired through buying and trading over the last 50 years of trying to assemble one of the best suites of native elements. I feel that the price here is a downright bargain, all things considered; as well as compared to numerous pieces I have seen for sale in the same price range in only the last year that simply do not blow me away as this one does (heck, I have seen a dozen so-called six-figure silvers at Springfield Show alone, and they couldn't touch this with a ten foot pole for impact !). Because of the size and quality of this specimen, I was happy to have the privilege of trading this from Gene only recently. Gene told me the following as well: The one you got was originally from Wayne Thompson to Evan Jones then to me, if I remember. Exchanged for ALL my Mexican and Arizona minerals. I got it at least 12 years ago, it was in at least one of my winning Desautels-cases.
ex. Richard Hauck
Battleship gray, lustrous, modified, crystals of acanthite after argentite, to.3 cm across, abound along with a quartz druse on matrix. Guanajuato is a noted locality for this pseudomorph.
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