February I, 2013 Update

 

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-648

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OKK-648    Calcite on Dolomite      Penfield Quarry, Penfield, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter New York State collection.  Prev. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.   A large displayable crystal of translucent calcite on dolomite.  This double terminated crystal measures 6.5 cm and is firmly attached to crystal covered dolostone.  The piece measures 7.6 x 6 x 4.3 cm.  There are contacts to some areas of the matrix but all look to be healed and coated by shiny micro dolomite crystals giving the specimen the look of a floater piece.  Some Styrofoam on base areas where it sits.  There could be a tip rub.  It is difficult for me to determine even with magnification.  In any case it isn't a cleave of something detectable without very close inspection.  One minor rub on front.  These calcites are normally only up to 2 cm and that's why this noteworthy piece is in my collection.  I have only seen one better and it is photographed in my book, now in the NYS Museum.  Just about the same size, shape, etc but it sits better for display.  I would be a close call.  Multi stepped termination on base front and some on backside but on top termination.  Great piece!  $250

 

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OKJ-955

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OKJ-955     Fluorite with Barite and Chalcopyrite      Spar Mountain Area, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.  Ex. James Turek collection.   This fine plate of fluorites is very aesthetic sporting well formed cubes to .8 cm on edge.  The cubes are yellow in central regions of the piece and light purple as you approach the edge of the specimen.  They have beautiful purple phantoms that are paper thin, lots of chalcopyrites as inclusions and on their surfaces, and fantastic luster.  There is only very minor  chipping on a couple of fluorites and the piece has only one edge showing any attachment.  This makes everything you view, front, back, edges, totally mineralized.  It measures 7.4 x 7 x 2 cm and allows lots of light through it for a very attractive display.  A couple diamond shaped barites of a light gold color add a bit more diversity.  A very fine piece at a reasonable price.   $140

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-956

OKJ-956     Barite     Yukon River Territory, Canada.  Ex. James Turek collection.   Big, stocky double and single terminated, translucent to transparent barites of a light blue color make up this entire piece.  It measures 7 x 7 x 4.2 with crystals to 4.5 cm each.  They are nicely arranged and have only a couple minor rubs.  Backside and edge contact one side.  Nice specimen.   $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-959

OKJ-959     Hureaulite, Jahsite, Leucophosphate and Mitridatite     Tip Top Lode, Custer County, South Dakota.  Ex. James Turek collection.   A fine assemblage of these rare and uncommon species coating an entire side of this 7 x 4.3 x 1.2 cm plate.  All the minerals are in excellent condition and well formed.  I won't go into describing all of them, suffice to say they will all be easy to distinguish.  A fine example for this uncommon material.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-557

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OKK-557     Grossular   Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada.  .  Ex. James Turek collection.   This one is a truly fine example with gemmy crystals comprising the entire specimen.  The crystals are up to 1.2 cm each and the piece measures 5 x 3.5 x 1.2 cm.  The plate has contact on two sides otherwise it is totally clean, without any form of damage, front or back.  Best crystals are on front but the entire piece is well crystallized, too.  It is the great cinnamon color most desired in these specimens.   It stands nicely on either of the edges that had contact with the surrounding materials.  They seldom get better than this and for this size, this specimen is the finest I have seen of the many (many hundreds) I have inspected.  The specimen is slightly lighter, and more pleasing,  in color than the images. Very desirable and should find a home in a discriminating collection quickly as it is priced way below what similar specimens are being asked for elsewhere.  $550

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-630

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OKK-630     Fluorite and Calcite    Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  An interesting piece having two cubes of deep yellow color overgrown by light purple with hydrocarbon and acicular calcite coatings.  It measures 6.3 x 4.5 x 4 cm.  Only minor rubs and on corner ding with all backsides, except one also healed and also with some calcite crystal overgrowths.  Nice specimen.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-631

OKK-631      Mimetite on Wulfenite      Mapimi, Durango, Mexico.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A nice plate of crystals to almost a cm on edge each coated, selectively, by mimetite crystals of a like color.  It measures  x 4.7 x 2 cm and I can only find one crystal with a single chipped edge.  Lustrous and colorful.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-632

OKK-632     Quartz and Albite    Road Cut in Rt. 55 north of Windsor, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  This example is very clean with only one tiny crystal having a small scuff, only noticeable with scrutiny and magnification, it has fantastic luster, and nice aesthetics.  This alpine quartz is complemented by several gemmy to milky, tabular albites to 1.3 cm each.  6.4 x 5.5 x 5 cm.  Great piece!  $65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-635

OKK-635    Thompsonite and Mesolite     Burnt Cabin Creek, Spray, Oregon.  Ex. Nancy Collins collection.  A well proportions piece with a nice region coated by gemmy thompsonite crystals and fine sprays of white mesolite.  7.5 x 5.5 x 5 cm.  No damage and attractive.   Sits nicely and priced right  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-637

OKK-637     Metazucnerite     Majaloa Hill. Nevada.  Ex. Jim Turek collection.  Tiny bluish green blates, almost wulfenite like crystals, stand out nicely in contrast to matrix.  4.2 x 3 x 1.3 cm.  No damage.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-639

OKK-639    Smithsonite    Kelly Mine, Magdalena New Mexico.  Classic American material in an uncommonly nice specimen measuring 7.5 x 5.5 x 2.2 cm.  This example has three distinct generations of growth with the last being white disc shaped crystals (giving the piece a lighter blue appearance).  There is one tiny ding to a single "rice grain of to one side otherwise a perfectly clean piece.  Fantastic condition overall for this price!  $145

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-640

OKK-640    Smithsonite    Kelly Mine, Magdalena New Mexico.  Classic American material in an uncommonly nice specimen measuring 7.4 x 4.5 x 4.3 cm.  Two small stalactites of these "rice grain" crystals stick out of the front of the piece.  Zero damage.   Some powdery blue material which could be another mineral or just another generation of smithsonite.  Sits nicely for display.  Great color and luster.  These images cane out a bit too green.  Classic material which has become difficult to find at a reasonable price when in good quality.  $225

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-641

OKK-641    Manganite    Caland Mine, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  This pate of crystals represents the finest form and luster found in the species.  Although small compared to the classic European material, this less expensive manganite is spectacular in all other respects.  The piece measures 3.8 x 3 x 1.3 cm and is damage free.  Very attractive material.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-423

OKH-423    Quartz       Gold Hill, Blue River District, Lane County, Oregon.  This example is a 3.3 cm double terminated reverse scepter.  The luster is excellent for the locality and it has a very light amethyst tint.  A floater with no damage.  One termination is complex having six smaller terminations surrounding a larger central point.  Very nice.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-424

OKH-424    Quartz        Gold Hill, Blue River District, Lane County, Oregon.  This example is a 3 cm single terminated reverse scepter with opposite end having healed surfaces.  The luster is excellent for the locality and it has a very light amethyst tint.  No damage and a very tiny spot of attachment from matrix on the poor end.  Very nice.  $20

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-425

OKH-425    Quartz       Gold Hill, Blue River District, Lane County, Oregon.  This example is a 2.8 cm single terminated reverse scepter.  The luster is excellent for the locality and it has a very light amethyst tint.  Very nice.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-426

OKH-426    Quartz       Gold Hill, Blue River District, Lane County, Oregon.  This example is a 4.2 cm double terminated scepter.  The luster is excellent for the locality and the form is interesting.  No damage floater.  Very nice.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-482

OKH-482    Spinel    Parker Mine, Notre-Dame-du Laus, Antoine-Labelle ROM, Laurentides, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Deep black spinels of very sharp form embedded in grainy calcite.  The specimen measures 3.3 x 2.5 x 2.1 cm overall and is damage free.  Many surfaces have interesting and highly developed steps in their growth.  A very aesthetic example.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-480

OKH-480    Spinel     Parker Mine, Notre-Dame-du Laus, Antoine-Labelle ROM, Laurentides, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A single black spinel of very sharp form.  The specimen measures 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm overall and is damage free.  Many surfaces have interesting and highly developed steps in their growth.  Minor calcite on back.  Floater.  A very aesthetic example.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-475

OKH-475    Spinel      Parker Mine, Notre-Dame-du Laus, Antoine-Labelle ROM, Laurentides, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A single black spinel of very sharp form.  The specimen measures 2 x 2 x 1.7 cm overall and is damage free.  Many surfaces have interesting and highly developed steps in their growth.  Minor calcite on back.  Floater.  A very aesthetic example.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-473

OKH-473    Spinel      Parker Mine, Notre-Dame-du Laus, Antoine-Labelle ROM, Laurentides, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A single black spinel of very sharp form.  The specimen measures 2.4 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm overall and is damage free.  Many surfaces have interesting and highly developed steps in their growth.    Floater.  A very aesthetic example.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-476

OKH-476    Spinel      Parker Mine, Notre-Dame-du Laus, Antoine-Labelle ROM, Laurentides, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A single black spinel of very sharp form.  The specimen measures 2.4 x 2 x 1.4 cm overall and is nearly damage free showing only very minor chipping on the back of the specimen.  Many surfaces have interesting and highly developed steps in their growth.  Calcite matrix.  A very aesthetic example.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-474

OKH-474    Spinel      Parker Mine, Notre-Dame-du Laus, Antoine-Labelle ROM, Laurentides, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A single black spinel of very sharp form.  The specimen measures 2.6 x 2.6 x 2.5 cm overall and is damage free.  Many surfaces have interesting and highly developed steps in their growth.  Minor calcite.  Floater.  A very aesthetic example.  One of the finest from this locality that I have seen.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-481

OKH-481    Spinel      Parker Mine, Notre-Dame-du Laus, Antoine-Labelle ROM, Laurentides, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A single black spinel of very sharp form.  The specimen measures 3.1 x 2.8 x 2.7 cm overall and is damage free.  Some surfaces appear to have pseudomorphed to quartz.  Floater.  A very unusual example.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-479

OKH-479    Spinel      Parker Mine, Notre-Dame-du Laus, Antoine-Labelle ROM, Laurentides, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A single black spinel of very sharp form.  The specimen measures 3.3 x 3 x 2.9 cm overall and is nearly damage free showing only one micro abrasion on one termination.  This huge single crystal measuring 2.5 cm on edge, in embedded in massive forsterite.  A very aesthetic example that I would rank as the finest I have seen from this location.  It does just fit into a perky box.  $195

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-608

OKJ-608    Descloizite     Namibia, Africa.  A pair of beautifully formed, parallel growth crystals measuring 2.7 x 1 x 1 cm overall.  Spotless for damage, nice luster, good translucence.  Great TN specimen in all regards but especially interesting for its unique crystal aggregation pattern.  Mounted in a perky box.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-609

OKJ-609     Actinolite     Hardwood Lake, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  2.5 x 1.6 x 1.3 cm single crystal of excellent form an dark green color.  Mounted in a perky box.  Translucent to a shallow depth, no damage.  $22

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-610

OKJ-610     Actinolite     Hardwood Lake, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Mounted in a perky box.  Sharp single crystal with attractive striations and decent translucence.  Good specimen with no damage.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-611

OKJ-611    Epidote     Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A nice spray of crystals with what appears to be tiny, well formed, white analcime crystals near its base.  Mounted in a perky box.  Nice condition less chipping to one side of spray.  Translucent and a pleasant green color.  2.5 x 1.3 x .6 cm.  $20

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-612

OKJ-612     Malachite pseudomorphs after Azurite     New Cornelia Pit, Ajo, Pima County, Arizona.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  This unusual example measures 1.8 x 1.6 x 1.6 cm and is mounted in a perky box.  It is spotless from all views and is composed of two (one large and one small) crystals.  The luster is very high and silky in texture.  Pseudomorphs from this locale are not unusual but ones resembling this most certainly are.  $195

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-613

OKJ-613     Siderite and Unknown   Poudrette Quarry, Mt. St-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  This nicly formed crystal barly fits in the perky box in which it is mounted.  It measures 3.8 x 3 x 2.7 cm and is full formed on all sides with no damage.  The crystal is a metallic brown color with a high luster and attractive iridescence.  On its surface are tiny acicular sprays of crystals (unknown but most likely a feldspar species) to add a little pizzazz.  A really attractive example for this species and for this popular location.  $65

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-614

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OKJ-614     Weloganite     Upper Sill, Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A single crystal measuring 1.6 x .7 x .6 cm.  Exceptional color and clarity for this species.  Striations on the surface are the only thing interfering with its looking like a gem sapphire.  No coatings, damage or issues.  Barely contacted on second termination…almost a floater.  Exceptional quality for one of these.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-615

OKJ-615     Cassiterite     Elsmore Mine, New South Wales, Australia.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  1.4 x 1.4 x 1 cm grouping of crystals with minor matrix.  Small but very sharp, damage free and of the super high luster expected of top cassiterite crystals.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-616

OKJ-616    Prehnite     Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Prev.  Canadian Museum of Nature and Bill Pinch collection.  Numerous blocky crystals that are exceptionally well formed for the species/ location.  This grouping measures in at 2.7 x2.1 x1.6 cm with crystals to 1.2 cm each.  Great provenance and quality.  Highly translucent to transparent and no damage.  Could benefit from further cleaning.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-61A

OKJ-61A     Sphalerite     Lincoln Quarry, Beamsville, Lincoln County, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  An attractive pair of twinned crystals of high luster, translucence and rich root beer color.  The specimen measures 2.2 x 2 x 1.4 cm overall and only shows base attachment with some Styrofoam.  Nice from any side.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-617

OKJ-617    Vesuvianite     Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  2.5 x .8 x .7 cm.  Really sharp piece with only minor base attachment at one end.  No damage, contacts, etc.  Miror rider crystals, fine luster and translucence.  Outstanding quality priced reasonably for one of this quality.  $70

 

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