Baryte on Dolomite
Frizington, Cumberland, England
Miniature, 5.2 x 3.6 x 3.1 cm
A very aesthetic miniature, especially as it is highly unusual to find such nice blue Baryte from here balanced on matrix. And in the miniature size, just in great proportions, it makes this one of the better small-sized blues for my taste. The crystals are complete all around and on both sides, nearly pristine (just a few very minor edge wear bits). The old label has no date but this collection was not being added to after 1910 or so and it very probably dates from the late 1800s heyday at this mining district.