Cinnabar, Dolomite
Small Cabinet, 8.4 x 6.2 x 4.4 cm
New Almaden District, Santa Clara Co., California, USA

An historic, exceedingly rich and showy specimen of mercury ore from the New Almaden District of California. Two faces of the sculptural, brecciated dolomite matrix are richly covered with lustrous, blood-red cinnabar microcrystals. The third side is totally covered with brick-red cinnabar, in microcrystals or in massive form. Seldom seen in this richness. Accompanied by two, old labels. R.M. Wilke was a prominent California mineral dealer from 1907 to the early 1940s. He died in 1946. Ex. Hageman and Mullane Collections. For what this is, a historic specimen from a mining district of huge industrial import at the time, this is a nice relic.