Copper (Ex. Pellman and David Collections)
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.0 x 4.5 cm
Phoenix Mine, Keweenaw County, Michigan, USA

A showy cluster with a very large single crystal of robust form, from the classic Pewabic lode mines here. This is an old piece, long in the Norm and Roz Pellman collection. They recalled buying it back in the 70s from an old collection being sold off. The central dominant crystal is freestanding with a superb termination and a perfect milk chocolate patina to it, no scratches or dings anywhere. For the size, it is a major example of a large copper crystal. A bit of history here for me: I obtained it from the Pellmans in trade for a tourmaline in my first deal with them, back in the mid 1990s. I sold it to Irv Brown, who long kept it as the copper in his small cabinet worldwides collection. When I bought Dr. Ed David's large collection in 2003, I found he had actually traded it out of Irv's display case at a mineral show, the year before; and so I got it back again. I THEN sold it to another collector who specialized in coppers but is culling back, and so I have it now again - happy each time to take it back, actually. Joe Budd photos