Gap Mine (Gap Nickel Mine), Gap, Bart Township, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, USA
Miniature, 4.2 x 4.2 x 0.7 cm
An OLD-TIME and CLASSIC millerite specimen from the famous Gap Mine of Pennsylvania. This showy piece is a solid plate of brassy, acicular millerite needles. The Gap Nickel Mine was discovered in 1732, and was worked to some extent for copper. Nickel was discovered in the 1850s, as millerite and the mine was taken over in the 1860s by Joseph Wharton, founder of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. The label states that the piece was collected in the 1870s. A historic classic. Ex. George Elling Collection.