January 2014 Update, Page II

 

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-712

OKK-712    Gypsum     La Farge Quarry, Lockport, New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Collected by Charlie Bowman.   An attractive 8 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm piece that is water clear.  Sides appear to be cleavages but displays nicely as a complete crystal with no damage.  Nice surface etching, all natural and great termination.     $75

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-713

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OKK-713    Calcite, Pyrite, Dolomite      Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, New York.   Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.   6 x 5 x 3.2 cm specimen with a good mix of pyrite coated dolomite and translucent to transparent calcite.  Nice color and very good for these specimens.  Great condition with only minor contacts in obscure spots.... most specimens from here tend to be badly damaged... active mine blasting.    $80

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-714

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OKK-714    Calcite with Marcasite Inclusions      Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, New York.   Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  A fine calcite with excellent marcasite inclusions as gold colored acicular crystals.  4.5 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm.  Great condition... most specimens from here tend to be badly damaged... active mine blasting.  Bottom contact, damage free.   $95

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-715

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OKK-715    Calcite and Dolomite    LaFarge Quarry, Lockport, New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Excellent specimen with only minor damage to a couple of edge crystals where removed from rock, as would be expected.  Great yellow color and fine crystal form, front and back.  8.5 x 5 x 4.2 cm.  This material has become uncommon on the mineral market over the past several years.  This example is outstanding for size and quality.   $60

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-716

OKK-716     Herkimer Diamonds     Ace of Diamonds Mine, Middleville, New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Collected by Jerry Marchand, Summer 2007.   A nice cluster measuring 11.5 x 8 x 5 cm with crystals to over 7 cm each.  There are inclusions of hydrocarbon an moderate internal fracturing as can be seen.  Contact on backside but overall in excellent condition with crystal of high quality.  $450

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-719

OKK-719     Calcite with Pyrites      Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.   6.1 x 4.4 x 2.8 cm specimen with a good mix of pyrite draperies and translucent to transparent calcite.  Nice color and very good for these specimens.  Great condition with only minor rubs or contacts in obscure spots.... most specimens from here tend to be badly damaged... active mine blasting.   $60

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-720

OKK-720     Herkimer Diamonds     Ace of Diamonds Mine, Middleville, New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Collected by Jerry Marchand, Summer 2007.   An attractive cluster measuring 6.2 x 3.3 x 3 cm with crystals to 3.5 cm.  Minor internal fracturing, anthraxolite and yellowing (but all are minor).  Excellent condition... floater cluster.  One little chip or contact on backside and some very minor chipping. $225

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-721

OKK-721     Herkimer Diamond in Dolomite    Crystal Grove Mine, near Lassellsville, Fulton Co., New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Collected by Michael and Jay Walter, April 30, 2012.  Sharp and very large matrix piece for this location.  The Herk is almost 4 cm and the entire piece measures 11 x 8 x 7 cm.  Damage free and a great example that displays well in several different positions.  One could search for weeks at this location to find a piece this good!  A great deal at this price.   $230

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-722

OKK-722      Herkimer Diamonds     Middleville, New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  6 x 5.4 x 4 cm overall.  Really nice, old sskeletal Herk specimen with clay inclusions.  Not the typical, frankly more boring, look.  Minor contact at back of base.  No damage.  $180

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-724

OKK-724    Herkimer Diamond     Treasure Mt. Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Collected by Michael Walter summer 2003.  3.7 cm Herk of good clarity.  Minor chipping as seen, only very minor base contact.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-725

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OKK-725     Pyrite (Encasing fossil)     Spring Creek, Alden, Erie Co., New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Collected by Michael Walter, Summer 1995.    3.6 x 2 x 1.7 cm nodule with a crude gastropod fossil.  Good material with no deterioration.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-726

OKK-726     Calcite and Dolomite    LaFarge Quarry, Lockport, New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A very fine miniature that measures 4.7 x 3.6 x 3.7 cm.  Large crystals with no damage on attractive white dolomite crystals.  Way under priced for such a well balanced, aesthetic specimen of translucent yellow calcite crystals.  Very difficult finding attractive examples of this material.   $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-949

OKK-949     Quartz with Hematite     Valentine Mine, Gouverneur Talc Mine #4, Harrisville, New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Ex. Bob Morgan collection, prev. Bill deLorrraine.  Fine pseudocubic crystals of the harlequin variety of quartz.   Lots of character.  Long exhausted find of some of the nicest New York State quartz.  5.4 x 3.2 x 2.7 cm.   $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-727

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OKK-727    Sphalerite on Dolomite     LaFarge Quarry, Lockport, New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Ex. Charlie Bowman collection.  6.4 x 5.4 x 3.4 cm floater (yes, very fine edge contacts but basically unnoticeable).  Translucent, butterscotch colored sphalerite balls to .6 cm on white dolomite crystals.  Very fine quality with no damage.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-728

OKK-728     Pyrite      Spring Creek, Alden, Erie Co., New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A good pyrite nodule from an important find.  3.2 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm.    $35

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-726

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OKK-726     Calcite     LaFarge Quarry, Lockport, New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  3.2 x 3.2 x 2 cm cluster of crystals naturally etched off matrix make this a fine floater example.  Transparent to translucent yellow crystals with no damage.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-730

OKK-730    Gypsum      Walworth Quarry, Walworth, New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Collected y Michael Walter.  Attractive cleave of gypsum.  Water clear and 12 x 4.7 x 1.4 cm.    $25

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-731

OKK-731    Sphalerite on Dolomite     LaFarge Quarry, Lockport, New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Ex. Charlie Bowman collection.  A great miniature with and exceptional concentration of sphalerite balls to .6 cm each.  6 x 4.4 x 3 cm overall.  No damage and aesthetic.    $145

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-732

OKK-732     Pyrite (Encasing fossil)     Spring Creek, Alden, Erie Co., New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Collected by Michael Walter, Summer 1995.    2.7 x 2.6 x 2.4 cm ball of pyrite with a well formed bivalve mollusk partially exposed.  No damage or deterioration.  $40

 

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