Silver wire
Himmelsfurst Mine, Saxony, Germany
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm
Ex. George Holloway
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Silver wires from Germany, from the historic Saxon silver mines that financed everything from art and culture to wars, are a classic of mineral collecting. Technically, they are actually extended crystals, and not wires at all to be strict about it, but they sure look like ropes and wires. This is an elegant, tapering, curvaceous wire silver from the old collection of George Holloway, and which he purchased from us in the mid-1990s (I had obtained it from an old collection in Munich). This is a superb example in its size and price range, with a subtle complexity not just to the curving top, but a sinuous twisting complexity to the main rope itself that is unusual. In PERSON, this is much more 3-dimensional and curvy in volume, not just in 2 dimensions; and stands out from a large crowd. Formerly in the George Holloway collection, traded to me in the 1990s, sold again, and now back with me today - a piece I always recalled as special, somehow. For the size range and price range, this has style! One note: this is robust, and not easily bent, as are some specimens from modern releases of material brought to market after 1996. This silver predates those newer specimens (from elsewhere in Saxony) and is of a different style.