English, Irish, and Scottish Mineral Specimens For Sale, Page 3

 

A fine English quartz specimen.     

            Quartz                                        Hematite                                                            Fluorite

 

Mineral specimens from the United Kingdom represent some of the most sought after material in the mineral collector's world  Many of the materials from this region of the world are considered classics.  In today's mineral collecting market these specimens are becoming more difficult to get.  Most reach the market thought the redistribution of older collections.  We are proud to  have a good selection of minerals in stock from the U. K.

 

 

 

OKK-205

OKK-205    Witherite    Settling Mine, Hexam, Northumberland, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection, prev. Bill Condon, prev. Dr. Robert King.  A very fine example of this famous English material.  This plate of crystals measures 7 x 5 x 2.4 cm.  The crystals are beautifully formed, exceptionally translucent, and highly fluorescent.  Stands on end and displays great.  A couple very minor tip rubs.  A fine historic piece.  Needs washing.  Under priced at $390

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-983

OKK-983    Phosgenite    Bage Mine, Cromford, Derbyshire, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection, prev. George and Marion Springs.  This fantastic little crystal is a floater measuring 1.6 x .6 x .5 cm overall.  It is tan in color with no damage and excellent form.  It is a relatively rare tetragonal carbonate that I have only ever seen from Italy.  This one is a classic and unlikely to be found for sale anywhere else.  A desirable piece for its quality, location, and species rarity.  $650

 

 

 

 

 

OKK984

OKK-984    Campylite    Dry Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbia, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection, prev. George and Marion Springs.  This richly coated TN specimen measures a huge 4.3 x 2.2 cm and is approximately half a cm thick.  The balls of crystals are to .5 cm each.  There are also single hexagonal crystals too that are smaller on the matrix giving the piece a nice diversity of forms.  No damage excluding a couple of the balls along the edges.  A piece this well coated is unusual and this is likely the best of these classics in this size that I have had available.  Just barely fits in a perky box.  $195

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-529

OKJ-529    Aragonite    Johnby Quarry, near Penrith, Cumbria, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A pair of gray brown crystals to 3.3 cm in length.  Small contacts from matrix, no damage, good form.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-996

OKK-996    Fluorite     Heights Mine, Westgate, Weardale, Durham, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection, prev. George and Marion Springs.  Another nice damage free twin measuring 3.1 x 2.6 x 1.6 cm.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-872

OKJ-872    Fluorite and Calcite     Black  Dene Mine, Ireshopeburn, Durham County, England.  Ex Paul and Dawn Dunning Collection.  Small clear to white calcites on purple fluorite cube twins from a classic European location.  2 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm eith cubes to 1.1 cm on edge.  No damage.  Good color, luster and form.  Mounted in a perky box.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-773

OKK-773      Heulandite    Touch Hills, Stirlingshire, Scotland (Type Locality, named after famous geologist John Henry Heuland).  Collected by William and John Lawson,1999- 2003.  I have four fine examples of these bright orange/red heulandites from this famous locality.  These are seldom/ never seen on our modern mineral market due to the difficult collecting spot from which they come (usually below water level).  This is the largest specimen measuring 6 x 3.2 x 2 cm with a 3.2 cm opening.  It is a complete vug with no damage.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-774

OKK-774      Heulandite    Touch Hills, Stirlingshire, Scotland (Type Locality, named after famous geologist John Henry Heuland).  Collected by William and John Lawson,1999- 2003.  I have four fine examples of these bright orange/red heulandites from this famous locality.  These are seldom/ never seen on our modern mineral market due to the difficult collecting spot from which they come (usually below water level).  This vug with more basalt matrix measures 4 x 3.1 x 3 cm.  Nicely exposed bladed crystals.  No damage. $60

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-775

OKK-775      Heulandite    Touch Hills, Stirlingshire, Scotland (Type Locality, named after famous geologist John Henry Heuland).  Collected by William and John Lawson,1999- 2003.  I have four fine examples of these bright orange/red heulandites from this famous locality.  These are seldom/ never seen on our modern mineral market due to the difficult collecting spot from which they come (usually below water level).  This one is a open nodule measuring 3.5 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm.  It is damage free and displays well developed crystals in an aesthetic manner.  No damage.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-776

OKK-776      Heulandite    Touch Hills, Stirlingshire, Scotland (Type Locality, named after famous geologist John Henry Heuland).  Collected by William and John Lawson,1999- 2003.  I have four fine examples of these bright orange/red heulandites from this famous locality.  These are seldom/ never seen on our modern mineral market due to the difficult collecting spot from which they come (usually below water level).  This beauty measures 4.2 x 3 x 2 cm and is very aesthetic showing nice damage free crystals of varying size and shape $120

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-770

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OKK-770      Quartz     “Crystal Cave Pocket”, Dunquin, Dingle County, Kerry, Ireland.  Collected by William and John Lawson, September 2004.  These alpine quality quartz crystals come form an unusual metamorphic environment in a country that seldom produces collector grade specimens in more modern times.  This one measures 7 x 4.2 x 4 cm and is composed of crystals to 2.5 cm.  Almost a floater having only the thinnest of edge contacts.  Tiny chip on one side of one crystal makes it nearly damage free and it will certainly view as damage free under close inspection and from almost any angle.  $150

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-771

OKK-771      Quartz and Chlorite     “Crystal Cave Pocket”, Dunquin, Dingle County, Kerry, Ireland.  Collected by William and John Lawson, July 1999.  These alpine quality quartz crystals come form an unusual metamorphic environment in a country that seldom produces collector grade specimens in more modern times.  This one measures 6.9 x 5 x 3.8 cm and is composed of crystals to 4.7 cm.  Almost a floater having only the thinnest of edge contacts.  This is an excellent plate of crystals with only one, on the very edge, having a tip ding.  Views beautifully.  $170 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-772

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OKK-772      Quartz     “Crystal Cave Pocket”, Dunquin, Dingle County, Kerry, Ireland.  Collected by William and John Lawson, September 2003.  These alpine quality quartz crystals  come form an unusual metamorphic environment in a country that seldom produces collector grade specimens in more modern times.  This one measures 6.5 x 5.3 x 2.8 cm and is composed of crystals to 4 cm.  It is a damage free near floater having only the thinnest of edge contacts on one small area.  Views great from any side and is even crystallized on edges and back.  It actually appears to be two generations of crystals.  $140

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-839

OKJ-839    Fluorite and Quartz    Blackdene Mine, Weardale County, Durham, England.  Ex Paul and Dawn Dunning Collection.  An old timer measuring 2.8 x 2.3 x 1.7 cm.  The twin is of a light green color and has well formed quartz overgrowths and minor sulfides.  Unusual for the location.  No damage.  Mounted in a perky box.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-541

OKJ-541     Analcime        RESERVED       Croft Quarry, Croft, Leicestershire, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  An amazing TN with only a tiny matrix contact on one end (almost a floater).  Clear crystal surfaces over white interiors, sharp form, amazing luster…I could go on and on about this one.  Individual crystals to over a cm each form this sculptural mass measuring 3.5 x 2.4 x 2 cm.  Zero damage.  Excellent in all respects.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-526

OKJ-526     Cassiterite    Cligga Mine, Cligga Head, St. Agnes District, Cornwall, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A dark colored single crystal floater measuring 1.6 x .7 x .7 cm. Nice luster, interesting hemimorphic form. No damage.  Classics like this one don’t last long around here so if you’re interested you had better move fast on it.   $160

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-576

OKJ-576    Lanarkite    Susanna Mine, Leadhills, Lanarkshire, Scotland.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Prev. Bill Pinch collection.  A small, approximately .6 cm long, crystal of this rare mineral from its type locality.  No damage.  White, lustrous and quite well formed.  A rare find.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-409

OKJ-409    Siderite Stalactites (2)    Youlgreave, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection, prev. Ralph E. Lapham collection.  No damage.  Stalactites measuring 4 and 3 cm each.   Lustrous and certainly unusual.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-362

OKJ-362   Calcite and Analcime    Croft Mine, Croft, Leicestershire, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  This is the largest example of this specific material I have seen from the location.  It measures 6 x 5.5 x 4.2 cm and is dominated by a 6 cm calcite.  Secondary overgrowths of good luster.  Edge contacts but no damage to faces of crystals.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-449

OKJ-449    Fluorite     Treak Cliff Caverns, Castleton, Derbyshire, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.   This very rare example is from the Blue John fluorite occurrence known since Roman times.  The fluorite is only really noted as carving material having been made into vases and other household goods of centuries.  What is not so well-known is that on top of the massive fluorite seam are occasionally found plates of fluorite crystals!  I have never seen these for sale and it appears to be because the miners simply ignore them.  This example was found with two other exceptional piece by Dr. Chamberlain when he visited the occurrence in 1981.  The specimens were simply found in the mud in the base of the tunnels going into the mine.  In its own right it is a very fine fluorite specimen measuring 9.7 x 8 x 4.2 cm and composed of crystals to 2.2 cm on edge.  There has very minor damage to a couple crystal corners otherwise a specimen is in very nice condition.  Some areas have a light overgrowths of an unknown brownish colored mineral.  This specimen has a satin luster and the crystals are almost entirely opaque.  The purple is uncommonly dark.  This is a very fine display piece with an important history in provenance.  Steve will be keeping one of the specimens and I have recently acquired the two others, the best of which is this one.  I’ve only found one other collector who says he knows of these and actually owns one.    Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.    $2,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-391

OKJ-391    Fluorite     Treak Cliff Caverns, Castleton, Derbyshire, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.   This very rare example is from the Blue John fluorite occurrence known since Roman times.  The fluorite is only really noted as carving material having been made into vases and other household goods of centuries.  What is not so well-known is that on top of the massive fluorite seam are occasionally found plates of fluorite crystals!  I have never seen these for sale and it appears to be because the miners simply ignore them.  This example was found with two other exceptional piece by Dr. Chamberlain when he visited the occurrence in 1981.  The specimens were simply found in the mud in the base of the tunnels going into the mine.  In its own right it is a very fine fluorite specimen measuring 8.2 x 7 x 4.2 cm and composed of crystals to 3.5 cm on edge.  There has very minor damage to a couple crystal corners otherwise a specimen is in very nice condition.  Some areas have a light frosted appearance due to a microscopic overgrowth of what also what appears to be fluorite.  This specimen has a satin luster and the crystals are almost entirely opaque.  The purple is uncommonly dark.  This is a very fine display piece with an important history in provenance.  Steve will be keeping on of the specimens and I have recently acquired the second (if you are seriously considering this specimen want a comparison with the second, contact me. In general it is almost identical in form and size to this one).  If you see another one of these specimens in anyone else's collection in your lifetime, I'd be very surprised.    Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.    $1,950

Oh, here is the story behind the find, told in Steve's words...

For my collecting expedition to Derbyshire, Bob delegated my care to his colleague, Dr. Trevor Ford, whose patch Derbyshire is, especially the Castleton area.  We began by looking at the most amazing occurrence of hydrocarbons on top of the hill that also houses the famous blue john occurrences. This site has gooey black hydrocarbons and also pellets the shape of Good and Plenty licorice candies.  After seeing this site, I understood better why the British considered hydrocarbons to be legitimate minerals.  We then looked at the Odin vein, which is a national historical site that does not allow collecting.  It is a good place to see above ground what you’re going to see underground when you go to look at the blue john.  At the top of the vein, two little streams come together from two different geological terrains.  Where they merge, a white precipitate forms as they mix.  Very interesting.  It gave more specific meaning to the concept of mineralizing springs or mineralizing waters.

Trevor arranged with the owner of Treak Cliff Caverns, one of two commercial sources for blue john, for us to go underground and go beyond the tourist rope to the actual site where blue john is mined.  The banded blue/purple and white banded fluorite is mined by hand because blasting would just shatter the material.  At the working face, the bottom of the outcrop is knee deep in yellow clay.  As I poked around, I discovered that the original surface of the fluorite is crystallized with wonderful dark purple, almost black, curved cubic crystals of fluorite and the occasional calcite crystal.  This stuff is peeled off and falls into the clay.  I only had about 10 minutes to scrounge around in the clay and stuff my pockets and the inside of my shirt with as many pieces as I could find.  When I later showed them to Bob King, he told me that two of them were as fine as any specimens from either Treak Cliff Caverns or the adjacent Blue John Caverns he’d ever seen.  Wow. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-387

OKJ-387    Goethite, Calcite, Quartz     Merehead Quarry, Mendip Hills, Somerset, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.   This specimen may not appear to be much at first but it is an extremely fine example for this location.  The piece measures 8.2 x 5 x 3 .4 cm overall and contains an opening of approximately 4 cm in length.  The quartz crystals are gemmy clear while the goethite sprays are lustrous and metallic gray color.  When inspected closely this is a beautiful mineral assemblage and a very fine damage free specimen.  $150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-383

OKJ-383    Aragonite pseudomorph after Calcite with Quartz casts after Dolomite    Johnby Quarry, near Penrith, Cumbria, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.    This is the finest example of this unusual material that I have seen.  Normally then specimens are a couple centimeters at the most.  Further, they are almost always lose crystals.  This one is a beautiful parallel growth crystal exceeding 4 cm in length.  It is on attractively formed matrix, is well terminated, it has outstanding luster for a pseudomorph.  The entire specimen measures 5.9 x 5.5 x 4 cm overall.  There is a large contact on the front of the main crystal, however it is still an attractive and desirable specimen.  $195

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-377

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OKJ-377     Calcite, Hematite     Beckermet Mine, Egremont, Cumbria, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.   This is a very fine example for the location.  The calcites are in parallel growth stack and in nailhead form.  The piece measures 6.7 x 4.6 x 3.7 cm overall.  He displays nicely showing nice translucence, moderate luster, and minor secondary calcite overgrowths (yellow).  The hematite is almost nonexistent, mostly on back of piece.  One minor chip in a lower area of the specimen.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-375

OKJ-375    Witherite     Settlingstones Mine, Northumberland, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.   This classic specimen measures 5 x 4.1 x 2.5 cm overall.  This specimen appears to be two generations of growth with the first crystals measuring to 2.5 cm each.  On these are smaller crystals which may be growing in epitaxy (autotaxy?).  Both generations are very translucence.  The first generation crystals are a cream gray color and a second-generation are more transparent, almost clear.  The piece is domical and displays well from all angles.  $185

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-793

OKH-793     Fluorite Twin     Weardale, England.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  Gemmy green penetration twin measuring 2.5 x 2 x 1.8 cm.  Mounted in a perky box.  No damage, heavy contacts base and back.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-941

OKH-941    Fluorite    Weardale, England.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.   A less than common color for the area this one is a medium yellow color and measures 4 x 3.1 x 3 cm.  I suspect it is quite old in that it comes from a time period when it was considered okay to write catalog numbers on the front of the specimen!  Frosted surfaces, no damage.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-767

OKH-767     Fluorite     Eastgate, Weardale, Durham, England.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  An old specimen from a active, contemporary, locale.  This is a fine miniature measuring 3.6 x 3.3 x 3.2 cm.  It exhibits a large twin with very clear crystals.  One side of twin has minor etching along cleavage planes stained by brown clays.  This example is better than the run of the mill material from the site for size and quality both.  Nice luster, zero damage and minor modifications by dodecahedral form.  A great deal at only $70

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-761

OKH-761    Fluorite    Hilton Mine, Appleby, Westmoreland, England.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  A nice English example from an uncommon locale.  It measures 2.8 x 2 x 2 cm overall with cubes to 1 cm on edge.  The crystals are transparent yellow with numerous sulfide inclusions.  Mounted in a perky box.  No damage.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-758

OKH-758    Bornite pseudo after Chalcocite    Levant Mine, St. Just, Cornwall, England.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  This is a really fine classic thumbnail specimen measuring 2.3 x 1.5 x .9 cm.  It is composed of two attached tabular twins having a nice metallic luster and gun metal blue color.  They are nicely formed and had only one very tiny attachment point where some white putty remains.  It is very rare for specimens like this to be available and they are always pricy.  Outstanding piece!  $600

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-610

OKH-610    Fluorite     Ladywash Mine, Eyam, Derbyshire, England.  Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  This is an attractive plate of crystals measuring 5 x 4.6 x 2 cm with cubes to 3.2 cm each.  There are tiny pyrite inclusions evenly spread throughout the crystals.  One very tiny ding on a fluorite otherwise perfect.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-594

OKH-594    Campyllite     Dry Gill, England.  Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  A nice example of this classic English material measuring 3.8 x 3.7 x 2.2 cm.  The crystals are of an average size ranging up to .6 cm each.  They have a waxy luster and mild orange/ brown color.  No damage but there are a couple of barren spots, possibly from missing crystals but maybe not.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-657

OKH-657    Fluorite      Fall Hill Quarry, Ashover, Derbyshire, England.  Ex.  Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.    This fine English piece is an exceptionally clean miniature clear cubes to 1.5 cm each.   The cluster measures 4.1 x 3.6 x 2.5 cm and limits its contacts to the base and part of one edge.  Everything else is fully crystallized.  There very tiny inclusions of a black sulfide just below the surface of each crystal.  No damage and very showy.  $120

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-632

OKH-632     Fluorite    Frazer’s Hush Mine, Rookhope, Durham, England.  Ex.  Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.   This fine example measures 2.8 x 3 x 2.2 cm and is composed of a single cubic crystal of the deep purple color.  The backside of the piece also has small calcites.  The top of the crystal is almost entirely covered by a thin coating of quartz and pyrite.  The front edge of the crystal has a very tiny burse.  Very nice luster to this unusual specimen.  $135

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-680

OKH-680    Calcite Stalactite    Treak Cliff Caverns, Chastelton, Derbyshire, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection, old historic geologic specimen from the Dr. Trevor Ford collection.  This international historic site is the location from which the famous Blue John fluorite is mined.  31 cm....over a foot long.  Almost 3 cm wide at base.  The specimen has significance as a historic piece and needs to be in a collection of importance a properly preserved.  This piece has an old collection number in its base.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-329

OKH-329    Analcime      Croft Quarry, Croft, Leicestershire, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain.  A very attractive stalactite measuring 2.7 cm in length.  Formed from beautifully crystallized, almost totally clear analcime crystals.  No damage.  Very sharp!  20$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-330

OKH-330    Analcime and Calcite    Croft Quarry, Croft, Leicestershire, England.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain.  A very attractive floater measuring 2.8 x 2 x 2 cm.  Formed from beautifully crystallized, almost totally clear analcime crystals and smaller calcites.  No damage.  Very sharp!  25$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-642

OKI-642     Chalcocite     Niskgoaro, Cornwall, England.  Ex. Nancy Collins Collection.  A small specimen but in unbelievable form.  The cluster looks like a black pyromorphite!  Approx. 1.3 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm.  It appears to be a floater but is mounted in a perky box so it is impossible to tell without removal.  No damage and a classic by anyone’s standards.  245$

 

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