Daybreak Mine (Dahl lease), Mount Kit Carson, Spokane Co., Washington, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.5 x 4.0 cm
A rich specimen of solid autunite, colored a bright green-yellow. The crystals are of the form of thick wheatsheaves representative of the best specimens from this classic mine, and not found in this quality for decades. This piece, in fact, is a proven oldtimer as it has a label from New York dealer Hugh Ford that is probably from around the mid-1900's. Note the value put on it by this respected old dealer, which was a lot of money for the time and surely a sign of his opinion that it is a remarkable large specimen! Commensurate with its age, it has a bit of damage in the form of minute yellow spots on the otherwise yellow-green crystals (plus some contact at the base), and while this affects the price (which otherwise would be $2000-plus), it does not detract visually very much. The piece can be stood vertically as I prefer (top row) with wheatsheaves sticking up, or horizontally as shown in the bottom row. 6.5 x 5.5 x 4 cm