8.1 x 5.8 x 2.1 cm. A sharp, lustrous, wine-red almandine garnet crystal with gemmy highlights aesthetically straddles the edge of waxy lustre plates of greenish-black chlorite schist. The textbook, dodecahedral crystal is 1.9 cm. Classic, old-time material from the Mullane Collection and comes with an Anton Berger label, well-known Austrian mineral dealers from the 1920s-1950s. The label has a December, 1952 date on it.
Aesthetically arranged on a gray-green schist, three almandine garnet crystals display their dodecahedral form. Although mostly opaque, these dark reddish-brown crystals, one of which measures 4 cm in length, exhibit classic crystallography. This is a classic and important locality for garnet! Unfortunately, MOST such specimens collected long ago have since been polished to better show off the hints of color after they are excised from teh matrix. This one, however, is au naturale. no polishing! that makes it much more the rare. 11.1 x 9.2 x 4.6 cm
A large, complete, equant crystal of almandine, measuring 6 cm x 6 cm, is aesthetically perched on a silvery matrix of mica schist. The garnet exhibits classic dodecahedral form along with a deep reddish-brown color. SUPERB piece with no "traditional" polishing done on the faces as is so often the case with this old material 7.6 x 6.1 x 4.7 cm
From this venerable old locality is the best euhedral almamdine crystal I have ever seen. It is a reddish-brown complete floater with fair luster. This weas self-collected by Ernie Schlicter, himself. This crystal exudes class. 2.9 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm
11.1 x 9.8 x 3.9 cm. Growing out of a matrix of garnet-mica schist is a most unusual specimen: It features lustrous, brown staurolite crystals, some doubly terminated and up to 6 cm in length. To top it off, there are several purplish-red garnet crystals, up to 2 cm across on the staurolite. This is definitely not a common occurrence and I cannot recall seeing the association, in fact. Ex. Ernie Schlichter Collection.
Arising from a gray-green schist are two, equant, euhedral, crystals of almandine. The largest of these reddish- brown crystals measures 4 cm across. The terminations are bruised, however, this is still an impressive garnet specimen. NOT POLISHED as are so many from this old classic locality , and THAT is remarkable indeed for a crysatl of such size to have escaped this fate! 7.6 x 4.1 x 3.5 cm
A sharp, translucent, gemmy, 1.6 cm, cranberry-red almandine garnet crystal nicely set in a pedestal of schist matrix from the well-known Wrangell Island, Alaska locale. Ex Ed Ruggiero Collection, who purchased this piece in 1975. Excellent example for the locality! 6.2 x 3.3 x 1.8 cm
Lovely, sharp, lustrous, deep red Almandine trapezohedron with dodecahedral modifications sitting on Rhyolite matrix. 3.3 x 1.4 x 0.8cm
A sharp, well-formed, lustrous and very dark-red 1.9 cm Almandine trapezohedron aesthetically set on contrasting Rhyolite matrix. 6.2 x 4.6 x 4.2cm
A DRAMATIC, EXCELLENT and old-time CABINET specimen of sharp, lustrous, deep blood-red almandine garnet crystals to 2.6 cm on biotite schist-covered matrix from near Salzburg, Austria. This fine, large specimen is virtually damage-free. 14.7 x 8.7 x 6.2 cm
A whopper crystal of almandine garnet from COLORADO, an old specimen out of the Ruggiero collection. The crystal measures 4 cm across, and is well exposed on the schist matrix. 9.1 x 7.4 x 5.5 cm
Once upon a time specimens like this were plentiful. Today, fewer of these classic garnet specimens are available. Perched aesthetically on a micaceous schist are two modified dodecahedrons of reddish-brown, lustrous, almandine garnet. The larger of the two measures almost 3.0 cm across which is quite large for the locality!! 9.5 x 6.4 x 3.3 cm
ex. Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences
A beautiful "windowpane" muscovite cleavage with bright, gemmy, sparkling red garnets sitting inside! Note it is like a sheet of plastic...you can see through to the stand behind it. Classic old material from this important historic locality. While mined into the later 1900s, most specimens of later years were ugly and dull incomparison to the bright association here.
ex. Robert Whitmore
This miniature specimen hosts a superb, 3-cm ,sharp and classic trapezohedral crystal on a pedestal of natural matrix. This is a very rare example of the classic "Russel Garnets" found in the late 1800s by two lucky locals (Daniel Clark and FS Johnson). They sold them off, and never revealed the locality: to this day they are simply known as "Russell Garnets" from an un-named pegmatite in the area. Collectors today are still trying to re-locate the exact site and good specimens are mainstays in ANY major museum or East Coast classics collection. This specimen is one of the better examples I have seen for sale, for its good balance and perfect symmetry. It is complete on 3 sides, contacted only on the back face. It has a little attached muscovite matrix, which is rare. At the time they were found, these crystals were all famously buffed or polished by the finders (with shoe polish, I am told), some more and some less. This particular specimen has less of an apparent gloss and buffed smoothness than others I have seen, giving it a more natural look than usual. A favorite in the colleciton, used in my advertisements.
ex. Robert Whitmore
These garnets, rare from the locale, are razor sharp and stereotypic exmaples of the species. This piece features several aesthetic, sharp xls in matrix . INFO COURTESY OF DR. VANDALL KING: I saw your fantastic dodecahedral almandine from Topsham, Maine. It may be one of the finest purely dodecahedral almandines from the USA. I saw it the day it was found in 2000. I was at the Biotite Crystal Prospect in Topsham, and the crystal had been found that morning by Cliff Trebilcock who returned to see who was at the locality. The Fisher Quarry (which you had this attributed to) is known for some wonderful trapezohedral almandines, but I suspect there was some confusion on the labeling subsequently. The Fisher Quarry still exists as a locality, but the Biotite Crystal Prospect is now history under a housing development.
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