Mimetite (Var: Campylite), Quartz
Small Cabinet, 5.2 x 5.0 x 3.4 cm
Dry Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England, UK
A CLASSIC, OLD-TIME and showy English specimen of discrete and clustered campylite crystals on superbly contrasting oxide-coated quartz matrix. Campylite is the old English name for barrel-shaped mimetite crystals. The gemmy to opaque, yellow-orange crystals reach 1.2 cm. Campylites of this quality are from the famous Dry Gill Mine at Caldbeck Fells and probably date from the 1840s to 1870s. This historic old-timer comes from an old European collection, where everything dates to the 1800s. This whole collection had myriad old materials, though I cannot name the owner, and was well known in Europe. Accompanied by an old faded German label.