A BEAUTIFUL and VERY UNCOMMON Tsumeb specimen of gemmy, GOLDEN cerussite crystals accented by thin crusts of green duftite on matrix. Minimal periphery damage on this delightful, two-sided specimen. A VERY OLD-TIME, upper level piece with a Krantz label from Bonn, Germany. the whole aspect of the piece is highly unusual! 4.7 x 3.5 x 3.4 cm
Now here is a very rare thumber, and not only rare, but quite fine for what it is! It is a beautifully reticulated, very lustrous and complete IRANIAN cerussite from the collection of Sam Nasser. This is something you just do not see around - and this one could easily be confused with a Tsumeb cerussite. Could have used another photo from the side, where you can clearly see the "snowflake" reticulation. Anyway, it IS there! 2.8 x 2.6 x 1.9 cm
This piece is SO incredibly good, it defies any and all expectations for a cerussite from this part of the country. It is a historic piece with exact data on from whom and when it came out that will go to the owner. It was mined in the 1950s and came into the noted southwest collection of Frank Valenzuela, and from him went to dealer Cal Graeber and on to Mark. I drooled over it on Cal's desk maybe a decade ago as i saw it go into the mail to Mark, who collects azurite locality pieces. It is good for the azurite for the locality as well as simply a spectacular locality cerussite; but more than that is the best possible combo specimen - where the overall impact is greater than the sum of the parts! The piece is beautiful in person, with a shimmering glow to the ceru and azurite both, all lustrous and sparkly. It is a full miniature, and will add significance to any suite of American minerals in particular for obvious reason - this is TSUMEB quality cerussite, but from a US locale. Front and back are shown - the azurite completely covers the backside. 5.3 x 3.4 x 3.3 cm
ex. Dr. Mark Feinglos
ex. Frank Valenzuela
This piece is SO incredibly good, it defies any and all expectations for a cerussite from this part of the country. It is a historic piece with exact data on from whom and when it came out that will go to the owner. It was mined in the 1950s and came into the noted southwest collection of Frank Valenzuela, and from him went to dealer Cal Graeber and on to Mark. I drooled over it on Cal's desk maybe a decade ago as i saw it go into the mail to Mark, who collects azurite locality pieces. It is good for the azurite for the locality as well as simply a spectacular locality cerussite; but more than that is the best possible combo specimen - where the overall impact is greater than the sum of the parts! The piece is beautiful in person, with a shimmering glow to the ceru and azurite both, all lustrous and sparkly. It is a full miniature, and will add significance to any suite of American minerals in particular for obvious reason - this is TSUMEB quality cerussite, but from a US locale. Front and back are shown - the azurite completely covers the backside. It is a unique specimen that i believe to b eone of the finest US miniatures I have ever offered. Comes with custom display base
ex. Martin Zinn
A showy miniature with rare intense yellow color, from a small find at this locality.
ex. Martin Zinn
Sharp crystals of this very rare chromian-rich, bright yellow, variety of cerussite. I am not aware that it occurs anywhere else in the world like it does here - and then, only in small pockets over many years has it been found. This is rare and beautiful Aussie material!
ex. Martin Zinn
Only the lead mines of Tasmania have ever produced chrome cerussite. The chrome is available because the mines produce the world’s finest crocoite, a lead chromate. The color ranges from light yellow, like this specimen, to vivid lemon yellow. This particular matrix specimen is studded with lustrous cerussite crystals to.7 cm across. Most Rare in such size!
I cannot rave enough about this one! This is a very impressive matrix specimen which combines the best of two secondary lead minerals, anglesite and, to a lesser extent, cerussite. I have never seen, in all my years selling, such a fine matrix specimen of the lemony yellow anglesite from this mine for sale on the open market. I also haven't seen any of the lemony hue with cerussite in association. Now, I have seen the more typical, paler colored anglesite in both cases...but not anglesite with the top color as you see here. Gemmy, sulphur yellow, lustrous crystals of anglesite, with one monster 7 cm across, abound on this specimen. There is admittedly damage to some terminations on the periphery (and hence the price is not over 10k) but the display core of the piece is pristine and you see the COLOR and crystal form first, without the eye being drawn to the edges. Adding to the mix are gemmy, lustrous, slightly smoky, cerussite crystals, some, v-twinned, measuring 1.0 cm across. As you can imagine, for such soft minerals, there are minor contacts around the periphera, but this is still ONE major rock. THe elegance of the combination is really quite striking and as I have said above, I have never seen a similar specimen for sale in my time.
A very rich, and VERY rare, large specimen of matlockite featuring platy yellow crystals to just over 1 cm perched in a very heavy cerussite matrix. Is it the prettiest matlockite in the world? No. But it IS a very rich, very showy piece overall. Minor yellow mineralization coats the back (hemimorphite?). This is from the type locality for the specioes.
A rare locality specimen of rich velvety malachite, in stalactites draping over matrix of jackstraw cerussite! The malachite completely covers and fills in the latticework of the cerussite, lending stability to an otherwise fragile specimen. This is a rare association, rare old locality, and a particularly attractive specimen overall. The malachite is not pristine, but it does have a nice display face and shows plenty of color and good stalactites. note label dated 1860!
A most unusual old locality specimen of cerussite from the famous old mines of Sardinia. Thanks to Dr. Werner Paar for helping to decipher this label!: It reads "Ingurtosa" , which is an old lead mine on Sardinia (not yet listed in Mindat -ed.). I found this location in the famous book of HINTZE ("Handbook of Mineralogy"), 1st volume/3rd division/1st part (p.3077) under worldwide occurrences for Cerussite ..
A super specimen for the locality primarily because it shows such a wonderful association of all the minerals found here, and it is PRETTY to boot. I have never seen such a nice combo piece for sale of minerals from this locality, for overall visual impact. The whole mineralogical environment is here...from the primary galena on the left, to its secondary oxidation products: a pocket of pyro and cerussite in the middle where phosphate must have been present; and stranger and more rare chemistry occurring in the next oxidation layer over to the right, with flat-laying leadhillite (and probably susannite as well) having formed from some of the minerals present in the galena ore on that side. Historic, and I think important.
A very bizarre specimen composed of lightweight, vuggy matrix which has several pockets of velvety mlachite. On the malachite are perched acicular crystals, hair-thin, of cerussite! The label gives the exact locality, and dates the piece to 1873.
ex. Al Ordway
A colorful oldtimer from Tiger, this colorful specimen features glassy and translucent, neon-blue linarite crystals to 1 cm in length associated with lustrous and translucent, colorless crystals of cerussite, to 1 cm across. Some of the crystals are contacted or broken, this is true; but the sheer color and combination overcomes that drawback at this price, in my opinion. An old specimen which is probably 40-50 years out of the ground.
ex. Al Ordway
Twinned crystals of very lustrous, translucent, smoky-colored cerussite, to 2 cm in length, exhibit a tan color when backlit. But this rare smoky color was highly desired by the early Tsumeb collectors and I am told dates back to the early 1900s. At the time, the miners and collectors called it "Schwarzbleierz" (black ore of lead), and it was the most rare form of cerussite. It is a very sparkly, glassy piece and only the smallest amount of contact/damage is present - which is rare considering the inherent softness of cerussite. More info here: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerussit
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