Galena Pseudo. Pyromorphite
Miniature, 5.3 x 4.9 x 4.5 cm
Kautenbach Mine, Bernkastel, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
This is another fine, old time, specimen. The piece is studded with barrel-shaped crystals of pyromorphite which have been totally replaced by gray galena - an old 1800-s German classic occurrence! The largest crystal measures 2.5 cm across which is quite remarkable in size. The sharpness of the crystals, unmarred by the typical fuzzy edges you often see in these replacements, is also very fine. It looks like a later generation of pyromorphite was trying to coat the old crystals. Collectors of German pyros treasure this type of pseudomorph and this is an unusually fine, display-quality specimen. BETTER In PERSON!