many ex. Hollman, Elling, and Scalisi Collections
ex. Ken Hollman
A large, rather rich plate festooned with small, 2-5mm nice green crystals from this classic old locale! ex. Ken Hollman Collection
ex. Eric Asselborn
Lane Quarry babingtonite on prehnite is one of those beautiful classics of a "rare ugly" that is worthy of any collection, whether scientific or display-based - or both, as I would prefer. This is a very attractive, balanced combination specimen with the highest quality, lustrous, sharp black babingtonites perched on deep green, lustrous, hilly prehnite crystals. The prehnite in the middle is 2 cm, the largest babingtonite 1 cm. The lustre, sharpness, and jet black quality is what made this quarry so famous for the mineral. ex. Eric Asselborn Collection
ex. Lawrence Conklin
These two parallel-growth crystals are unusual for their long prismatic crystallography and size (about 5 cm). They fluoresce a vivid yellow- green color and both crystals are doubly terminated. Ex. Peter Zodac (1894-1967) collection. Peter was a well known collector who founded the journal, Rocks & Minerals in 1926. Specimens with his original labels are scarce on the market today. I am told that this is a very old, rare style for willemite from this mine, and it is probably from the early 1900s. Note the startlingly strong, green fluorescence. ex. Larry Conklin Collection
This is a sharp, attractive small cab with pastel salmon-pink chabazite and small, pearlescent heulandite crystals, perched on a blanket of stilbite. The chabazites are quite good for the locale, and to 1.75 cm across in size. Old specimen, I am told (and as the old Ward's label attests to). The handwriting on the label seems to match that of dealer George English (1864-1944) - see http://www.minrec.org/labels.asp?colid=319
This is a sharp, attractive miniature of pastel salmon-pink chabazite upon pearlescent heulandite crystals. The chabazites are quite good for the locale, and 1.3 cm in size. Old specimen from the 1940s-1960s era here, I am told.
ex. George Feist
A large, robust, complete-all-around quartz crystal from this classic old locality, from which specimens seldom turn up today (the mine was shut in 1932). It is perfect, save for only the tiniest of edge wear on the tip. ex. George Feist quartz Collection
ex. Ernie Schlichter
This is an unusually robust, sharp , and large rhodochrosite from a famous small pocket collected by Ernie Schlichter and friends, if I recall in the late 1980s. The crystals are unique for rhodochrosite, sharply twinned as you can see. Most are wafer thin, and thumbnail-sized. Only a few crystals in the pocket were as robust as this one (to 1.5 cm thick!), and as large. This one was kept by Ernie until sold with his collection, around 2003. It is an extreme rarity both for a Canadian specimen, and for rhodo in general.
I had seen some prehnite from here over the yeas, but none I would recall really impressing me as good on a wordlwide standard. This is a really interesting specimen for the unusual 3-dimensional ball, which is zoned. The prehnite is then perched on calcite matrix. The prehnite ball is 3.25 cm across. ex. Russ Behnke collection
A fairly impressive locality piece, with large chalcopyrites to 2 cm across on quartz matrix. There is some edge wear and peripheral damage to the side chalco's, but this is still a good locality piece. ex. Joe Cilen collection
This gemmy, deep blue, 24-gram crystal is a survivor from the cutting wheels from oldtime finds here, probably early 1900s. It glows with good backlighting. It is not quite pristine - there is very minor edge wear on the back face only - but all things considered, its in good shape and very displayable.
A classic oldtimer from the Dan Ehrlich Collection, he got it by exchange of African specimens to the University of Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s. This is a protected pocket in tough matrix, featuring a 1.2 cm spray of millerites on siderite druse. Classic for the locale, and very , very rare on the market! I have seen similar priced all over the spectrum, but generallymuch higher than this, for the specialist East Coast market.
ex. Ernie Schlichter
This is a very elongated, elegant crystal from this classic locale. It is in surprisingly good shape for such a large, old, and soft crystal. According to MINDAT: Of Genth; "Finest locality in Sadsbury township, for the principle locality for Rutile in Chester County PA. Considerable quantity of Rutile had been collected in the early to mid 19th century, Doubly geniculated crystals up to a pound in weight had been found loose in surrounding soils and worked up by manufacturers of dental supplies, for coloring artificial teeth. also found embedded in Quartz and soils throughout the 7 mile long valley. ex. Ernie Schlichter Coll..
ex. Ken Hollman
ex. An original 1935 copy of Charles Palache's pivotal paper on the mineralogy of Franklin, in pretty good condition except for a slightly loose surface on the binding, and with no pages missing.
This is a large, really high quality crystal with deep color and a large translucent zone. The terminations are broad, lustrous, and well-developed, much more than you normally see for large diopsides from this classic locale. It is about 50 grams, so its sizable, as you can see. I have seen many short stumpy diopsides from this location over the years, turn up in old collections. Seldom have I seen one with such presence, because it is thick and fat and hs such rich color. This is a superb single crystal. ex Kevin Brown collection
This is a very well-developed spinel, complete all around, from the classic Amity locality in New York. ex. Carlton Davis collection
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