Neue Hoffnung Gottes Mine, Braunsdorf, Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Miniature, 5.0 x 4.3 x 3.7 cm
A great German classic from the 1800s. Radiating sprays of flat-lying, highly lustrous, acicular, deep wine-red kermesite crystals to about 9 mm line a quartz-lined vug in matrix from the historic, old German Type Locality - the Neue Hoffnung Gottes Mine of Saxony. Accompanied by an expertly handwritten, faded label from an older collection. The collection this came out of was a museum stash dating to prior to World War I.