Copper (Spinel-Twinned)
Cabinet, 13.6 x 4.5 x 3.1 cm
Champion Mine, Painesdale, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA
Ex. Robert Nowakowski
This graceful and aesthetic, arching copper specimen has spinel twins, to 3.3 cm in length, emanating from a central spine. This is CLASSIC style for the Champion finds! It is, however, unusually elegant in its presentation. The patina color is a rich brownish-red (untouched by acidizing) and this specimen can be viewed from more than one direction since it appears to be a floater. The back side is lightly covered in a crystal druse, probably calcite. Architecturally, this looks a lot like a fish skeleton and so you can see why the nickname "herringbone coppers" has been attached to these. A striking specimen, and a very stylish old classic. Out of all the Michigan coppers, this is really one of the few styles totally unique and recognizable to one specific mine. Absolutely elegant!