Tourmaline (Set Of 7, Ex Krantz)
Thumbnail, 1.9 x 1.7 x 0.9 cm (largest of 7)
Mount Mica, Paris, Oxford Co., Maine
Ex. Dr. August Krantz
This set of bright gem crystals, all different, dates to the heyday here in the mid-1800s. It was reputed to be in the collection of Dr. August Krantz (1809-1872). This suite came out of a museum exchange in Europe and was at the Munich show in the 1990s. Bill Larson purchased it there from a small dealer who exchanged with the University of Bonn, where these were said to come out of the Krantz collection (though no label survives). Krantz's son in law, Theodore Hoffmann, sold Krantz's personal collection of over 14, 000 mineral specimens to the Mineralogical Museum in Bonn in 1874. Mt Mica was operative from what the early 1800s till WWI, and so the time frame fits. A unique group of superb thumbnails from the heydays of this important locale. ex Pala Intl. Company collection