March IV, 2013 Update

Tucson 2013 Specimens

 

 

OKK-756

OKK-756     Scepter Quartz, Fluorite, Dolomite    RESERVED     Huanggangliang Mine, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China.   This example is beautiful in all respects.  A damage free piece with numerous diverging scepters at the base of a larger scepter.  It total it measures 11 x 6.4 x 5 cm.  Backside has a few small calcites scattered up the length of the piece and a base contact, now healed, making it one great floater.  Great translucence, transparent surfaced, with tan phantoms inside.  Displays great on a custom engraved acrylic base.  This one is certainly the highest quality for these wonderful scepters.  $800

 

 

 

OKK-769

OKK-769     Quartz Scepters      Huanggangliang Mines, Chifeng, Innner Mongolia, China.  This grouping is a matrix plate with lots of well formed scepters with other minerals.  Across the top of the piece is a large dumbbell or barbell scepter measuring well over 10 cm.  The entire specimen measures 10.8 x 7.5 x 5.6 cm.  It could be displayed several different ways.  The luster is high and the caps are clear to slightly included.  Edge attachments but no damage.  Very nice and of high quality for this material.   $525

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-759

OKK-759     Quartz Scepters and Fluorite    Huanggangliang Mines, Chifeng, Innner Mongolia, China.   This is a fine large cluster of crystals sticking out in almost every direction with clear octahedral fluorites forming a layer along the base of the specimens.  11.5 x 7 x 6 cm overall with scepters to almost 5 cm each.  The specimen is a floater with old contacts now mostly healed.  A couple of small points are broken but these will have to be looked for carefully to find.  They are well hidden and certainly not in any way distracting.  Overgrowths of quartz distract from the overall luster.  The fluorites are gemmy and complex.  The specimen is so complex, well formed and large that it is still a fine value at  $395

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-758

OKK-758    Quartz  and Feldspar        RESERVED     near Boekenhout-Mpumalanga, South Africa.  An attractive smoky quartz point surrounded by feldspar.  4.8 x 4.2 x 3.5 cm.  Small gray zircons on one side as an accessory.  No damage.  $25

 

 

 

 

OKK-146

OKK-146    Pyromorphite    Los Burrachos, Sierra Horena, Spain.  7 x 4.2 x 2.2 cm plate of well formed medium green crystals.   The entire surface is well coated and there is no damage to them.  Contacts are all isolated to the edges as would be expected.  Very nice and uncommon material.  $125

 

 

 

 

OKK-147

OKK-147    Spessartine and Quartz   Tongbei, Yuaxuaio, Fujian Prov., China.  A domical plate with deep red garnets (old material) on smoky quartz.  It measures 7 x 5.5 x 3.2 cm.  Beautiful color and luster.  Micro rub on one quartz needing magnification to see.  Excellent quality.  Al modern material from this find is orange.  $145

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-148

OKK-148    Pyromorphite    Los Burrachos, Sierra Horena, Spain5 x 3.4 x 1.4 cm plate of well formed medium green crystals.   The entire surface is well coated with only one tiny area having a couple of missing crystals.  Contacts are all isolated to the edges as would be expected.  Quartz crystals coat the back.  Very nice and uncommon material.  $60

 

 

 

OKK-149

OKK-149    Pyromorphite    Los Burrachos, Sierra Horena, Spain.  This great example is a undulating, very three dimensional piece of matrix entirely coated by pro crystals.   It is a floater, very unusual, with only a couple missing crystal (found if viewed with magnification) on the entire specimen.  Very nice and uncommon material in an exceptional example.  $175

 

 

 

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Michael R. Walter Collection, New York State Mineral Specimens

 

I went to specializing in St. Lawrence County, New York minerals approximately three years ago.  As a result I am beginning to dissolve my New York State collection, a few specimens at a time in each week's mineral update.  These are not specimens I am calling part of "my collection" in order to give them some form of significance, these are cataloged specimens in my collection that have been with me, generally for ten or more years.  Many are self collected or purchased directly from the miner/ field collector.  Almost all are of very good quality or represent an unusual species, crystal form, or some other characteristic making them important to the suite of specimens (based on locality) from where they came. Much of the material I sell here will be from closed but well documented  locations.

 

 

OKK-676

OKK-676 Halite crystal cavity with Quartz and Gypsum      RESERVED      Dewitt, New York. Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection. I can’t say that I know much of anything regarding the origins of these oddball pieces. They are interesting however and likely to be something new for the east coast or New York State specialist. Measures 7 x 5.2 x 2.2 and is damage free. $50

 

 

 

 

OKK-675

OKK-675 Halite crystal cavity with Quartz and Gypsum. Dewitt, New York. Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection. I can’t say that I know much of anything regarding the origins of these oddball pieces. They are interesting however and likely to be something new for the east coast or New York State specialist. Measures 5.7 x 5 x 5 cm and is damage free. Mounted in a perky box. $40

 

 

 

 

OKK-670

OKK-670 Sphalerite and Calcite Summit Street Quarry, Lockport, New York. Ex. Paul and Dawn Dunning collection. A nice small plate measuring 4.2 x 3.3 x 1.7 cm overall. This piece is densely coated with bright yellow, lustrous psalteries and small dog tooth calcites. This is actually a very good miniature sized piece for the location. The sphalerites never seem to get much larger than this. No damage. Very attractive. $70

 

 

 

 

OKK-677

OKK-677 Mud Concretion Ravina, New York. Ex. Paul and Dawn Dunning collection. Another geologic oddity. The ring measures 5.3 cm in diameter and is an interesting diversion from crystallized mineral specimens. $35

 

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OKK-605

OKK-605     Garnet     Pakistan.  A big (3.3 x 3.1 x 3 cm) floater with no damage and beautifully developed surface growth features.  Deep red color and mild translucence.  Excellent example.  Old stock.  Natural healed fracture.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-606

OKK-606     Prehnite with Epidote    Mali, Africa.  This is one of the fiest of these specimens in TN size that I have owned…. Very close to a perfect ball, mild base contact with no damage what so ever, great translucence and form, and a small terminated epidote low on the piece.  2.9 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm.  Really nice quality!  $125

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-609

OKK-609     Columbite and Quartz     Lancaster County, PA.  Minor faces but mostly massive representative specimen.  3.2 x 1.9 x 1.7 cm.  Old, unknown collection.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-610

OKK-610    Pyrite    Quirvilca, Peru.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection. An attractive grouping of octahedrons measuring 2.7 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm.  Only on contact which appears to be healed, no damage.  Mounted in a perky box.  Well priced.  $20

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-611

OKK-611     Pyrite      Akchatau Dzezgazgan Oblast, Kazakhstan.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Nice striated cubes to 1.6 cm on edge.  Minor octahedral modifications in places and minor chipping.  2.1 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm overall.  Attractive example.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-612

OKK-612     Ilvaite     Dal’negosk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia. Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection. A good representative specimen measuring 1.7 x 1.6 x 1.2 cm with the expected high luster and good form.  Damage free.  $20

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-613

OKK-613    Pyrite and Calcite    ZCA Mine, West Pierrepont, New York.  This specimen has nice small pyrites and one good, damage free calcite crystal and one with major damage. Uncommon material now with the mine having long been closed.  3.5 x 3 x 2.2 cm.  $30

 

 

 

 

OKK-614

OKK-614     Barite     Cartersville, Georgia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A very unusual and aesthetic group of tabular barites having deeply serrated edges.  Nice inclusions also add some extra interest.  Unusual!  Zero damage and very displayable.  Mounted in a perky box.  $85

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-615

OKK-615    Grossular      York River Skarn Zone, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.  Collected by Michael Walter, 1994.  Location is now a Provincial Park and collecting is prohibited.  This is a beautiful grouping of cinnamon colored crystals measures 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm and is almost a floater.  The crystals are up to 1.4 cm on edge and damage free.  An unusually clean specimen for this location.  They show exceptional translucence to transparency and are basically as good as these get in small specimens.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-616

OKK-616    Grossular      York River Skarn Zone, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.  Collected by Michael Walter, 1994.  Location is now a Provincial Park and collecting is prohibited.  A larger TN specimen measuring in at 3.7 x 2.7 x 2 cm overall.  Base contact and no damage.  Crystallized on all sides so views great from any direction.  Outstanding piece.  $120

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