Copper, Silver
Miniature, 4.5 x 3.7 x 2.8 cm
National Mine, Rockland, Ontonagon Co., Michigan, USA
An old-time, very sculptural, copper-silver "half-breed" from the National Mine of Michigan's Copper Country. The silver on this very showy piece is the 7 mm "tiara," just below the peak of the piece. The three, sharp, angular "arms" are casted copper with a nice patina. The multi-colored "body" of this strange-looking piece is quartz, malachite, olive-green epidote and copper. The National Mine opened in 1848 and closed for good in 1893. Classic combination material from the Jaime Bird Collection.