Cabinet, 9.8 x 5.7 x 4.9 cm
Flambeau Mine, Ladysmith, Rusk Co., Wisconsin, USA
Chalcocite from the Flambeau mine set a modern standard for the species not matched since the mine closed (around 2000) and not seen since the old finds of the 1800s in Bristol (CT) and in Cornwall (England). This small mine of high grade ore is now reclaimed. It was worked professionally for specimens by dealers Casey and Jane Jones in the early to mid-1990s, though, under contract with the ownership. They recovered a number of specimens, among them this stellar piece from the so-called Christmas Pocket. They sold the specimen to well-known dealer and collector Scott Williams, sadly among the last things he acquired in his long life of collecting. His label is included here. The piece is a dizzying solid cluster of complexly intergrown crystals, complete all around, showing the iridescent coloration that made this mine unique. This piece is particularly rich in the blues. Weighs 398 grams, and complete-all-around. Ex. Scott Williams Collection.