ex. John White
Spangolite is one of the most rare and desirable copper species, a brilliant blue in color. Although very rare worldwide, some small cavities such as this are found in the fluorite mines of Bingham, New Mexico, on occasion. I personally think this a bizarre association, considering Bisbee is hardly a fluorite mine and there you get the best crystals. Although smaller, these, in association with barite, are just as beautiful , though! This piece is rich with several vugs of microcrystallline spangolite.
ex. Charlie Key
A very unusual, attractive crystal from ANY locality and by far one of the finest in quality we have seen from this remote locale out of a dozen in the collection. I'll b ehonest and admit that, because of the weird secondary growths here, combined with deep amber hue, I thought this was a beryl at first
A brilliantly metallic cluster of sharp hematite crystals to 1.7 cm, accented by tabular, phantomed, BARITE to 2 cm. You rarely see this association, and in such an aesthetic combination as well! This is a very beautiful miniature with a lot more visual pizzazz than even the pictures indicate.
Talk about elegant display! This doubly-terminated barite floater hosts at either end a veritable bush of sharp, lustrous, jet-black crystals of the rare mineral Gaudefroyite to over 1 cm ; resulting in a very sculptural miniature of unique aesthetics. Uncommon in any quality, Gaudefroyite is especially rare on matrix . And , usually, you just don't se epieces with such contrast and vivid 3-dimensionality. This is a superb rarity at, i think, a cheap price.
A very cute hedgehog-shaped cluster of lustrous, acicular barite crystals. Most unusual! Complete all around.
A sharp doubly-terminated barite crystal exhibiting superb preservation for something so large and fragile! It is undoubtedly from the late 1800's mining in this famous district, and yet has survived unscathed and pristine. It is basically a floater - with just a TINY bit of attachment matrix preserved about the midsection of the backside (bottom photo, with minor dolomite as well) but at no other point. A very special piece!
Dreislar is a classic locality for barite, to be sure, but I personally haven't seen STRONTIANITE from here before, and this piece hosts superb crystals of lustrous beige strontianite to 1 cm in size. This barite crystal is not as thinly bladed as normal from here, but rather is a thick, chisel-shaped crystal.
A super Arizona classic, featuring barite with inner lively sparkles and golden color beneath the seemingly brown surface. It is common enough in mediocrity, but this is one of the very best I have seen for sale and is 2 orders of magnitude better than most. There is some damage, mostly at the lower periphery of the cluster, but it is also more or less complete all around and given the size of the crystals, quite remarkable for the occurrence. It is also an old specimen from the Schwethelm Collection (purchased from Obodda in the 1970s). Comes with custom-made lucite display base for easy showing.
Dreislar is, I think, one of the world's classic localities for barite. It occurs as snowy white, bladed material (as with this piece). However, THIS one is much more 3-dimensional and attractive than most such specimens I have seen, and has rich speckling of chalcopyrite crystals which really offset and highlight the snowy white color of the barite. The piece is almost pristine, with just a few tiny dings to edges of the barite that do not detract and it is in vastly better condition than other large specimens from this locality I have seen, in any case. All is clean and lustrous, the overall effect quite striking! The piece sits on its own without need of a stand.
WOW! This specimen is simply awesome in quality for this historic old mine! It is PRISTINE and bright, of a perfection rarely seen in the mineral world. It is NOT a recent piece, either. The crystals are razor sharp and pristine, and clear/gemmy to a degree that you don't see even in the best Dalnegorsk clear fluorite. You can look right through every fluorite cube to the bladed barite beneath, in fact. In the right lighting, angling the piece this way and that, you can easily see iridescent flashes of color in the smaller crystals. The large crystal is 1.2 cm on edge.
This is a fine old classic but also an aesthetic, well-balanced specimen for ANY pyro locality, featuring a drapery of choice green Les Farges pyromorphite overhanging contrasting white barite. I've simply not seen such a nice miniature for the combination, at least in the US market. The piece displays well from the front and is complete on the back, though the pyro goes dull in color there. It sits nicely on in a custom-made lucite base. Leithauser REALLY had good taste and did not just buy classics to have them...he waited until the perfect aesthetic example of a "classic" came along, and only then got his piece. You'll see in the collection how few duplicates he had, because he really was after the stereotypical representation of a "classic," and seldom settled for anything less than a piece that exemplified everything you would want in an important old locality piece but ALSO had the aesthetics you'd demand in a contemporary specimen. This is one such.
ex. Lindsay Greenbank
Sculpturally aesthetic, this dolomite and hematite matrix specimen features three glassy and gemmy, pastel-blue barite crystals to 6.5 cm in length. The two larger crystals are multi terminated. Minor bruising can be seen at or near the terminations, but this is still a fine old specimen that displays excellently. An old label from Germany as well as an earlier Lindsay Greenbank collection label accompany the specimen, which they have owned for a very long time. It is prominently featured in the book, Minerals of Northern England, shown on page 134. the coloration is complex, and changes slightly in different lighting. All of these photos seem accurate to us, in person, though they show coloration differences. The top photo is perhaps most accurate overall, and shows how some regions appear more yellow or bluish.
ex. Lindsay Greenbank
The world's finest barites were once found in the iron mines of Cumbria. This limpid, single crystal is no exception - in fact it is the finest crystal for sheer quality, I have seen for sale from those old days. It is glassy and gemmy, with a lovely yellow color. It went into the BMNH in 1926 (possibly with the Trechmann Collection) and then was exchanged out by curator John Fuller to Tony Walshaw in the 1970's (I would consider that a huge mistake! although the BMNH has bigger, I cannot imagine finer and would not have let it go!). From there, it went to the Greenbank collection in 1989. The old BMNH label accompanies the specimen. Superb in every way, this piece is one of the favorites of many who see the collection in its entirety ! It is prominently featured in the book, Minerals of Northern England, shown on page 131 with its accompanying old BMNH label. Joe Budd photo, atop. a JEWEL and one of the highlights of the collection !
ex. Lindsay Greenbank
This classic 19th-century barite specimen sits on crystallized, pearlescent dolomite. It consists of intergrown crystals, the largest of which is 7 cm across and doubly-terminated. The crystals are glassy and gemmy , with transparent terminations; and the color is a light bluish-gray hue. Some minor bruising is present at one termination and on a few edges but is of no visual consequence in context (although price is reduced a bit accordingly to be fair and honest about it - it still looks like a million bucks!). Along with the specimen are labels from: Dr. A.E. Foote, prominent 19th-century American dealer ; Mitchell Gunnell - a prominent collector specializing in English minerals in the mid-1900s; English dealer Nick Carruth; and an older Lindsay Greenbank collection tag. This is a classic example of the mid to late 1800s finds here. It is prominently featured in the book, Minerals of Northern England, shown on page 133. NOTE color is difficult to show somehow, for this piece. the color in the first photo is most accurate in halogen/sunlight.
ex. Lindsay Greenbank
This is an incredible, doubly-terminated barite crystal smartly perched on hematite-coated dolomite crystals. The large barite is 11.5 cm in length, lustrous and translucent , and has a rich golden-amber color. A smaller, doubly-terminated barite crystal adds accent and dimension. The number of large barite specimens, particularly of this calibre, that have survived since being mined over 100 years ago must be vanishingly small. This is an exceptional and dramatic piece that even appeals to modern , more picky standards of aesthetics. Ex S.Henson collection and label (he was a late 1800s dealer), from London. It sold from Henson into the Gordon collection, now at the University of Aberdeen. Interestingly the Harry Gordon collection is actually the collection of the Reverend John Gordon (1849-1922) who bequeathed it to the Aberdeen Museum in honor of and under his grandfathers name. Nearly 80 years later, it was exchanged out and soon ended up in the noted Ralph Sutcliffe collection, which sold to Greenbank in 1991 . A world class old English barite from the heyday of these mines, with excellent pedigree! More importantly, a world class barite, period! Illustrated in "Classic Minerals of Northern England," page 116, as a full-page photo. Joe Budd photo, atop here
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