Beryllonite (Circa 1890'S)
Thumbnail, 2.4 x 2.1 x 0.8 cm
Sugarloaf Mountain, Stoneham, Oxford County, Maine (CO-TYPE LOCALITY)
Ex. John Manley
Can you imagine what $3.50 bought you in the 1890s? A LOT OF THINGS, I am sure. This specimen was highly valued when found, and should be more so now. It is the single finest Maine beryllonite I have seen for sale, has good history, and beyond that this is the type locality for the species! The crystal is complete all around, both sides, except for the bottom edge and some very minor edge wear on the right. It is bright internally and can probably be made more lustrous with chemistry, but I like the antique look here. This crystal would be worth money even if it were just contemporary material from Afghanistan or Brazil. But for Maine...I think this little guy is priceless (well, almost).