ex. Martin Lewadny
Elegant, long and slender spinel-twin Silver crystal that has a gorgeous beautifully-defined termination and very delicate and complex dentritic growth near the base. The aesthetics of this Silver are terrific with such fine form and excellent patina. Old material, hard to obtain today
ex. Martin Lewadny
An amazing and interesting Silver specimen. The beak is a THICK 2.5 cm Silver rope attached to a Calcite head, and the neck band consists of euhedral, partly-gemmy Sphalerite crystals intermixed with more Silver and iridescent drusy Pyrite. A very cool and dramatic specimen from a very famous locality! This is an EXCEPTIONALLY thick silver rope for Pribram, to be compared to its best .
ex. Martin Lewadny
Superb and very sharp pseudomorph Silver "needles" up to about 1.8 cm have replaced previous crystals of dyscrasite. The Silver crystals, interspersed throughout the matrix, have survived remarkably well, with little damage, and certainly none to the main crystals. The patina is flat and the color a mottled grey. An excellent specimen, and CLASSIC old european pseudomorph style from this now defunct locality, which was among the pre-eminent silver mining regions of europe for 400 years.
ex. Martin Lewadny
These were found in 1968, and then a few times thereafter. Delicate and remarkably aesthetic Silver crystals reminiscent of a Native American pole draped with feathers. The pics tell all. A killer specimen for aesthetics!
Spectacular wires of native silver, to almost 1 inch, have grown on crudely crystallized acanthite . Wiggly and wobbly, but solid enough to mail and handle.
This silver, with very minor crystals of corroded acanthite fixed within , exhibits wonderful sculptural aesthetics. It is primarily comprised of short, thick wires and lots of open space to enhance the elegance of the projecting fat wires. It also shows off a muted metallic luster. I THINK these are actually casts, as if acanthite once constrained the silver growth but was then dissolved away, leaving impressions in the silver.
A very rare solid matrix specimen of twinned silver crystals, from the famous locality in Mexico that has produced these in spurts over the years. This one was likely mined in the late 1960s and was in the Wayne Thompson and John Whitmire Collections.John was a major dealer in Mexican minerals and had a fine collection of the Mexican classics. Wayne just collected good silvers for awhile. This is significant because of the richness of the silver, the solidity of the mass of silver on matrix, and the sheer overall size. Few large matrix silvers were recovered. 8 x 7.1 x 3.9 cm
This specimen is one of the most dramatic Himmelsfurst silver "ropes" I have seen or know of, for its robust thickness and elegant curvature! It is so fine and large, one first thinks it IS from kongsberg, and not from germany. Heck, it would be worth even more from Norway, I suppose, but I am told by several folks more expert than I that it indeed has the minute distinguishing characteristics of an old German specimen. It is, in person, nothing short of spectacular in its aspect and size! 6 x 3.5 x 1.5 cm
1.9 x 1.5 x 0.4 cm (largest). These elegant old silver wires from a classic Canadian silver locality came out of the collection of Vancouver collector Mark Mauthner. Rather than being wimpy, thin single wires, they are thick and substantial, so despite their thumbnail size they are quite impressive.
4.0 x 1.9 x 1.1 cm. An aesthetic, S-shaped cluster of lustrous silver in the form of rounded, ball-like crystals, from the Mohawk Mine of Michigan. A really neat looking specimen! Collected in 1991. Ex. Seaman Museum Collection. I would think it a smelt product but that I know the guy who found it, and the museum that traded it to me! VERY UNUSUAL!
4.3 x 2.7 x 1.0 cm. An AESTHETIC and SUPERB, Medusa-like cluster of very elongated, spinel-twinned silver crystals accented by a bit of calcite from the famous 1980s finds at the New Nevada Mine at Batopilas, Mexico. The tiny secondary silver crystal barbs are a very nice touch. Ex Richard Hauck Collection.
4.0 x 3.5 x 1.9 cm. A CLASSIC, OLD-TIME specimen of thick, beautifully burnished silver wires nicely accented with acanthite crystals from the famous Silver Islet Mine of Lake Superior, Canada. Silver of this quality, from this locality is seldom available and is always in demand. The mine was on a very small, low-lying island, just offshore, in Lake Superior and was active from 1869-1883. Periodic storms flooded the mine and swept much of the mine works away. Very sporadic exploration has taken place since then.
7.4 x 6.3 x 0.4 cm. A sheet of native silver, which was a thin vein in matrix, with the matrix having been removed to leave just the silver, with a coating of dark bornite.
6.9 x 3.2 x 2.9 cm. Lovely curved thick ribbon of silver that is about 2.6 cm long and 1.5 cm wide where exposed. The color ranges from silver to copper, and the lustrous patina is excellent. An amazing locality piece.
18 x 1.2 x 2.7 cm. Graceful and fascinating dendritic growth of Silver that incredibly spans over 12 cm! in the matrix. The Silver reflects gorgeous rainbow iridescence when under just the right angle of light. The pinkish-white marble and the darker Copper-Nickel Arsenides provide just the right amount of contrast to raise the quality of this specimen to an even higher level. Really beautiful, and interesting, large slab that weighs 768 grams and is important from this historic mining district.
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