Acanthite on Quartz (Circa 1800S)
Comstock Lode, near Virginia City, Storey County, Nevada
Miniature, 4.8 x 4.4 x 3.2 cm
Ex. Al Ordway
I was surprised by this superb, full miniature in Al's collection. It is a display-quality specimen from the Comstock, probably from the late 1800s (as the typical period label on back seems to confirm), featuring a castle-like cluster of sharp cacanthites perched on CRYSTALLIZED quartz. This association is classically known, but so rarely seen. Al got this in 2006, from an old collection being broken up.