Abija N. Fillow Quarry (Branchville Quarry), Branchville, Redding, Fairfield Co., Connecticut (TYPE LOCALITY)
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 4.8 x 2.6 cm
Ex. Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences
A rare phosphate, from the TYPE LOCALITY circa late 1800s. The triploidite is the radiating, embedded, marginally crystalline reddish material, I think. I cannot speak to the quality myself, never having seen one. From the noted collection of William Drown, whom according to the Mineralogical Record Archive on him was an umbrella manufacturer who used his fortune to amass a collection of some 6000 mineral specimens. His collection was kept by his family for a generation after his death and then donated in 1918.