Rt. #81 Syracuse Mineral Specimens For Sale






This location along Route #81, south of Syracuse, New York, was once a prolific producer of unusual pyrite specimens.  They were found within a limestone and extracted by bringing home blocks of the rock and etching the pyrite free with acid.  The pyrite crystals themselves are unusual in that they are normally tabular.  They have moderate luster (satin like), are well formed, and often compose aesthetic interlocking clusters.  Large groups are rare to see but thumbnail sized specimens commonly turn up in old collections.  The site has long been closed/worked to exhaustion, so no contemporary material is available.  Rocks and Minerals Magazine even used one of these fine specimens as a cover picture (March/April 1983, vol. 58, no. 2).  An article appears in this issue on pages 49-55.






OKO-938     Pyrite      Route #81, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. Ex. Chuck Bowman collection.  A uncommonly large example from this once prolific site that measures 9.4 x 4.5 x 3.7 cm with cubes to over 3 cm each on edge.  It is as large as the largest and finest figured in the Rocks and Minerals Magazine article (March/April 1983, vol. 58, no. 2).  The front is clean without damage but, the back shows some chipping.  The piece is a floater cluster with the typical matt luster associated with this material.  Very nice and uncommon to find in today's market.  $300







OKI-148     Pyrite     Rt. # 81, Syracuse, New York.   Nearly impossible to find today these specimen were once available in the mid 1980s when the locale was being worked.  Exhausted/ closed now they are seldom found except in recycled collections.  This one is a 2.6 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm piece with a pair of intergrown tabular crystals.  It has a satin luster and is a damage free floater.  A nice example of rare material which once made the cover of Rocks and Minerals….date?  30$