Silver, Acanthite
Silver Islet mine, Silver Islet, Sibley Township, Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada
Miniature, 4.0 x 3.5 x 1.9 cm
A CLASSIC, OLD-TIME specimen of thick, beautifully burnished silver wires nicely accented with acanthite crystals from the famous Silver Islet Mine of Lake Superior, Canada. Silver of this quality, from this locality is seldom available and is always in demand. The mine was on a very small, low-lying island, just offshore, in Lake Superior and was active from 1869-1883. Periodic storms flooded the mine and swept much of the mine works away. Very sporadic exploration has taken place since then.