J12-452
Baryte on Calcite
$2,500.00
Miniature, 5.6 x 4.5 x 2.2 cm
Frizington, Cumberland, England, UK

This Baryte crystal is doubly-terminated, and quite unusual in its sharp form and its phantom! The crystal is perched on a small bit of calcite matrix. Aesthetic pieces of Baryte from these mines, in this size range, are simply hard to come by, today - they date to the mid or late 1800s and damage accumulates over time unless they are locked up in museums (as this one was, ex Harvard). The label indicates a date of 1893-1898, based on George English's business locations (courtesy of Mineralogical Record label archives: http://www.minrec.org/labels.asp?page=3&colid=319) Ex. George Elling collection. Joe Budd photos.

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