Semi crystalline white calcite is the host for brilliant silver crystals including some spinel twins, to .75 cm in length. A few matte black, acanthite crystals, to .5 cm in length, are perched on the silver crystals. All of this is emplaced on a light gray limestone matrix. The color contrast is nice!
A superb miniature with fine silver wires etched out of enclosing, massive, white calcite. This silver specimen is composed primarily of spinel twin crystals, to 1.0 cm in length. A few crystals of matte black acanthite, to .2 cm across, are perched on the silver. This specimen can easily be displayed from the front or back side. Very nice color contrast and a superb miniature!
Up close, this specimen has a lot going for it. Nests of spinel twins, to .5 cm in length along with modified cubes to.25 cm across, cover a matrix of white calcite. Cubic silver crystals are very rare in nature and this is the only one I have from this locale. A few matte black acanthite crystals, to .2 cm across are also present. This specimen can be displayed on more than one angle. Superb for complexity and crystal habits!
This superb, treelike, arborescent silver specimen with brilliant luster is composed of modified cubes as well as spinel twins, up to .5 cm in length. Many of the silver crystals appear as well formed dendrites. A core of white calcite can be seen and the whole specimen has more than one viewing angle as it is complete and 3-dimensional all around, like a tree. Super miniature!
This solid specimen of silver is relatively heavy and massive, with a few, brilliant, crystals in evidence atop a mostly spongy plate. There are also a few crystals of matte black acanthite, present. A hefty example for the locality
>Wow! Where the core of calcite is exposed, it is surrounded by a nest of brilliant luster, spinel twins of silver, to .75 cm in length. The delicacy of the crystals is mesmerizing. The other sides of the specimen have a black and white effect of silver crystals and matte black acanthite crystals to 2mm across. Thus, the whole specimen can be viewed in any plane. Very aesthetic!
Partially etched out of its enclosing calcite matrix, this specimen is composed of spinel twins of silver, to.8 cm in length as well as matte black acanthite crystals to 2mm across. Lustre is good. The color contrast between the silver, acanthite and white calcite, is visually interesting.
Viewable from two sides, this specimen of silver and acanthite has been partially etched out of enclosing, massive, white calcite. The brilliant luster of the spinel twinned silver, in crystals to .8 cm across is offset by the matte black acanthite crystals, to 2mm across. The color contrast between the calcite and the silver/acanthite is attractive. This is a rich, hefty specimen!
One of the larger pieces recovered, this is a superb nest of wires on massive silver core. The brilliant lustrous silver crystals on this specimen are almost all spinel twins, reaching .8 cm across. Perched on many silver crystals are crystals of matte black acanthite, 1-2mm. The overall visual effect is of a birds nest made of silver! This is a rich, attractive piece.
Like vines growing up and enmeshing the massive, white calcite, are spinel twinned silver crystals to 1.5 cm in length. Of all the silver specimens in this lot, this piece has the longest spinel twins. Most of the crystals are covered with matte black micro-crystals of acanthite, which gives color contrast. This is a very aesthetic, lively looking piece that seems to my eye unusually aesthetic for this find, and very reminiscent of old 1960s-1970s Batopilas material from Mexico. A superb miniature from any locale, as well.
A dramatic, arborescent specimen of thick "leaf silver" from this famous and historic locality, which gives you a lot of visual value for the price!
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. It is one of the most elegant and attractive miniatures I have ever been able to offer from the locale, for under $5000 or so. Plus, the acanthite is a nifty bonus.
ex. George Holloway
A wonderful patina and a double helix pattern highlight this oldtime silver from Germany. A bit of matrix at the base guarantees that this specimen is old and authentic. This is also one o fthe more elegant examples for its size range, that I have seen, and the stark curvature makes it dramatic beyond its size, in a case
From an old stash of these East German classics, put together during the days when the Soviets mined the place, this is the first of several unusually large and showy silver specimens! The Pohla silvers are known for their extremely photogenic herringbone-like crystallization, which you see here in all its intricate beauty. The silver is embedded in and flowering out from massive matrix of silver and arsenic ore. This piece has a huge display face, just covered with good quality silver of a style that made theis one of the more famous silver localities for colelctors for many years. Today, they are hard to obtain. Complete coverage is present on BOTH SIDES, by the way, although the front is crystallized mor enicely.
ex. Ernie Schlichter
Ernie Schlichter had a well-known Michigan copper country collection, from which this is one of the choice silver miniatures. It is much more elegant than most Michigan silvers you normally see, because of the sharp crystallization and sttark isolation of those crystals on contrasting matrix. It shows several habits of silver crystals, you will note, including the rare elongated spinel twin.
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