Safflorite Ps. After Silver
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm
Langis Mine, Casey, Cobalt Area, Ontario, Canada
Ex. Robert Hauck

A dramatic, hefty specimen featuring thick wires of silver, that are now replaced by this rare cobalt-iron-nickel mineral species, safflorite. This is very likely an old piece from the middle 1900s or earlier, and came from the noted Cobalt silver collection of John Durkos, and then to collector Robert Hauck some time ago. While I have seen small examples, I have not had such a large and robust specimen before of this material. It is one of the least ugly of these historic specimens, as far as they go. Joe Budd photos