Silver on Copper
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 6.0 x 4.0 cm
Kearsarge Mine, Kearsarge, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA
I LOVE this piece. I call it the "wings" for its dramatic and 3-dimensional presentation. It has robust fans shooting up from a massive copper matrix. The silver crystals are 2 to 3 cm in length and are very 3-dimensional. They are the finest style with subtle patina and sharp patterning. The piece is HEAVY overall, 300 grams. In my opinion it is worth far more than many pricier Michigan silvers I have seen which are bigger but less fine. This piece is 3-D and leaps out at you, whereas so many silvers of quality are just "flat" when held in the hand. I LOVE an old silver patina. Like most purists, I have a hard time personally with the super bright, cleaned patinas when they are cleaned in acid. This has a subtle, graded patina and is quite natural and unscathed by acids. from the noted collection of Arizona collector Charles Leavitt. Joe Budd Photos