Cabinet, 10.7 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm
Dalmellington Mine, Frizington, Cumbria, England, UK
Ex. Dr. Ed David

A cluster of large, dark honey-colored, prismatic baryte crystals from a classic English locale. These translucent, elongated, lustrous crystals have zoned interiors with patches of cloudy areas and some local growth hillocks and/or vicinal faces that catch and reflect light well. The largest crystal is 11 cm in length. The piece is contacted on the bottom where it was removed from the pocket and shows the zoning of the crystals very well. The barytes are in very good condition overall with one of the large crystals in the front being incomplete which doesn't detract from the presentation of this handsome piece. The backside reveals where the cluster was attached to a red, hematite-stained brecciated matrix. An excellent and colorful old English baryte that looks good on a shelf amidst modern minerals, which is rare in something so old from these mines. It is sparkly and bright, and normally such things are valued $5-10,000. However, this is one of the last pieces I have from the 2006 purchase of the Dr. Ed David collection in New Jersey, and after finding it again, we have reduced the price. Mounted to an acrylic base.