January IV, 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-592

OKK-592     Fluorite     Walworth Quarry (Dolomite Products Company, Inc.) Walworth, Wayne County, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter New York State collection.  Prev. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  This cube is simply huge at 3.35 cm on edge! 3.8 x 3.3 x 3.1 cm overall.  Dawne was a specialist collecting fluorites and this was one of her small prizes.  The piece is repaired but it is well done and gives the overall appearance of a crack, which so many of these crystals have anyways.  No external damage.  The piece has the typical light baby blue tint and it is very clear in most all regions with minimal to moderate internal fracturing.  This is one of the largest of these crystals I have owned, and I have owned hundreds.  $800

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-582

OKK-582     Fluorite       Walworth Quarry (Dolomite Products Company, Inc.) Walworth, Wayne County, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter New York State collection.  Prev. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A beautiful, large cube with the noteworthy light blue color and some minor stepped growth.  Very transparent, gemmy, in almost all areas with only a couple of fractures internally.  This fine piece measures in at 2.4 x 2.3 x 2.2 on its edges.  This is exceptionally large and seldom seen for sale.  Nice views all around.  No damage.  Minimal base contact and a small amount of matrix and old Styrofoam.  Outstanding!  $800

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-583

OKK-583     Fluorite     Penfield Quarry, Penfield, Wayne County, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter New York State collection.  Prev. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection. Circ. 1985.  Another monstrous fluorite that is such a rare thing to see for sale today.  It took me years to assemble the small number of crystals offered here.  Seldom are the big ones offered for any price, and if they are they are damaged or cost many thousands of dollars.  This crystal has an etched surface and a very light, almost unnoticeable, purple/ blue tint.  It measures 4.3 x 4.1 x 3.6 cm overall and is damage free.  Back and base show contact but front and side have fine views.  The Penfield crystals are even less common than the Walworth ones.  Great piece.  $600

 

 

 

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OKJ-618

OKJ-618   Lazulite     Rapid Creek, Yukon, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  This is a grouping that is dominated by a single large, central crystal.  The piece measures 2 x 1.7 x 1.4 cm.  Exceptional size for the main crystal of one of these making it a very desirable TN piece.  Rich blue color, no damage and very minimal contact marking.  Even the side views are nice.  Great TN.  $225

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-619

OKJ-619    Apatite and Ilmenite     I-290, Marlboro, Massachusetts.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  An unusual piece for the locality collector.  Measures 2.2 x 1.6 x 1 cm with typical shaped apatites to .8 cm each.  The crystals are a very light yellow green color, nicely formed and translucent.  No damage and mounted in a perky box.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-620

OKJ-620    Epidote     San Quintin, Baja, California, Mexico.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Beautiful form, color and luster as can be seen to some degree in the images.  2.4 x 1.9 x 1.7 cm.  Clean from all views.  Deeply striated.  Attractive.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-621

OKJ-621    Rutile on Hematite     Val Cavradi, Switzerland.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Minor red rutile needles in epitactic overgrowth on a bright silver colored hematite crystal.  2 x 1.5 x a couple of millimeters thick.  Some edge chipping but overall very nice for the location.  Mounted in a perky box.  Classic material.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-62A

OKJ-62A    Serandite     De-Mix Quarry, Mt. St-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Bright orange red example of this fine material measuring 3.7 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm.  Good damage free crystal with heavy backside contact.  Translucent with small gemmy areas.  Minor associations and overgrowth on one side.  These specimens are beginning to get difficult to find, even for someone like myself who has a focus on, and many contacts for, Canadian minerals. $120

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-622

OKJ-622    Sphalerite on Galena    Faylor-Middlecreek Quarry, Winfield, Union County, PA.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A nice sphalerite TWIN on SPINEL LAW TWINNED galenas.  This combination and the fact that they are twinned is very rare for the location.  The specimen measures 2.7 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm and views nicely from any direction.  No damage and only base contact.  Great price for an oddity like this.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-623

OKJ-623      Pyromorphite     Les Farges, Correze, France.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Nicely formed single and double terminated crystal on a dark brown matrix.  The piece measures 2.6 x 2 x 1.7 cm with crystals to .7 cm each.  It is a damage free piece that is mounted in a perky box.  The crystals have a bright yellow color at their terminations and a pale green coloration on the remainder of each crystal.  A tough example to find for this price.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-624

OKJ-624    Natrolite     Zinc Mountain, Ridge, Moose Creek Valley, Ice River, B.C., Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Prev. Canadian Museum of Nature.  A large example measuring 4 x 1.1 x 1 cm overall.  Clear with cloudy regions.  A complex stepped termination, no damage and high luster all make this specimen desirable, not to mention the unusual location.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-625

OKJ-625    Serandite     De-Mix Quarry, Mt. St-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  This fully terminated floater is an uncommon find…measuring 4 x 2.2 x .8 cm it is a pink colored wafer consisting of two double terminated tabular, interconnected crystals of serandite with minor accessories.  It is highly aesthetic and unusual for this material in a number of ways already mentioned.  There is no damage.  $180

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-626

OKJ-626    Titanite     Cardiff Uranium Mine, Wilberforce, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  This titanite is exceptional in almost every regard: unusual/ uncommon location, exceptionally high glassy luster, stocky form, and parallel (not just random) growth/ crystal aggregation come to mind. Very minor chipping in a couple spots otherwise clean as can be.  Anyone knowing anything about Canadian titanite will recognize this as a serious TN specimen.  $130

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-627

OKJ-627    Galena    Joplin Distric, Missouri.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Prev. W.F. Ingram collection; Smithsonian.  Sold by Ward’s of Rochester.  This specimen is obviously most important for its provenance.  How old it is needs to be researched but I will leave that up to its new owner.  The old collection # being written right on a dominant crystal face is a flash into the past.  As a specimen it is exceptional for the time period in which it is from and has survived totally free of damage.  It has great views from every side with only minor base attachment and the patina one would expect to find on a historic piece of this nature.  I don’t believe this one will be here for long.  $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-628

OKJ-628    Vesuvianite     Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  2 x .9 x .8 cm light green and purple, double terminate, floater.  No damage.  Perfect little example of this fine material at its best.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-630

OKJ-630    Vesuvianite     Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A floater cluster with no damage measuring 2.1 x 1.4 x .6 cm.  Largest crystal is 2 cm.  Very cute.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-631

OKJ-631    Vesuvianite     Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  2.2 x 1.1 x 1 cm dark green, double terminate, floater.  No damage.  Perfect little example of this fine material at its best.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-632

OKJ-632    Tsumcorite and Willemite     Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Three beautifully formed baby blue willemite crystals on brown tsumcorite (type locality).  1.3 x 1 x 1 cm overall.  Attractive rarity with great luster and form.  No damage.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-951

OKJ-951    Wulfenite    Touissit, Oujda, Morocco.  Ex Dawne and Pual Dunning collection.  This TN sized piece is a fantastic piece measuring 2.5 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm overall.  The primary crystal is 1.6 cm on edge and it sits up high off the matrix in an aesthetic manner.  Very minor chipping along one edge visible at 10x and small crystals show some damage.  Really however, the overall quality is quite high.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-950

OKJ-950    Smithsonite     Tsumeb, Namibia.  A huge single crystal of one of the most desirable smithsonite colors from Tsumeb.  It measures 1.5 cm on edge and 2.2 x 2 x 1 cm overall.  Competition level example with no damage and fine views all around.  Nice luster and form.  It is mounted on a thin post in a perky box currently.  Very large crystal for the species and the nicest smithsonite of this size and color I have seen in all my years of handling material from this famous location.  $650

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-580

OKJ-580     Rutile     Graves Mountain, Lincoln Co., Georgia.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  No big for one of these but outstanding form, luster and quality.  Twinned and measures in at 1.2 x .8 x .8 cm.  Tiny base contact and no damage.  $70

 

 

 

 

OKJ-581

OKJ-581     Epidote     Lefkopetra, Xanthi, Thrace, Greece.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A nice single crystal of good form and luster that measures 2.2 x 1 x .9 cm.  Mounted in a perky box and damage free.  $50

 

 

 

 

OKJ-582

OKJ-582     Amethyst      Pohndorf Amethyst Mine, Boulder Batholith, Jefferson Co., Montana.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A high luster, double terminated crystal with excellent color and form.  Measures 3.5 x 2 x 1.7 cm.  Minor skeletal development.  Very sharp and aesthetic.  Mounted in a perky box and damage free.  $45

 

 

 

 

OKJ-583

OKJ-583     Celestine    Pugh Quarry, Custer, Ohio.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A well developed ball of bladed crystals forming a 2.5 cm mass on a brown matrix.  3 x 2.7 x 2.8 cm overall.  Pleasing cream color.  Mounted in a perky box and damage free.  $50

 

 

 

 

OKJ-584

OKJ-584     Fluorite    T & G Prospect, Grant Co., New Mexico.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Interlocking octahedrons to 1.2 cm on edge of a rich purple color.  They have slightly frosted surfaces and good translucence.  Minor white matrix material.  2.8 x 2.1 x 1.8 cm.  Mounted in a perky box and damage free.  $50

 

 

 

 

OKJ-585

OKJ-585     Celestine    Meckley Quarry, Mandata, Northumberland Co. Pennsylvania.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  This ius an exceptional example of this material for crystal size and quality.  It is a transparent, light blue, steeply terminated crystal on tan calcite.  The primary crystal measures 1.9 cm and the specimen is 3.6 x 2.2 x 2 cm.  The crystal behind the big one has a tiny tip ding visible under 10x but otherwise a pristine piece.  Mounted nicely in a perky box.  Really exceptional for Meckley although the photos are really bad.  $80

 

 

 

 

OKJ-586

OKJ-586     Betafite     Silver Crater Mine, Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Prev. in Dr. George Robinson collection #18!!  An exceptional specimen in every regard.  Competition grade specimen.  A perfect damage free floater, which is very rare for the location, that measures in at 2.8 x 2.6 x 2.3 cm.  No contacts or problems of any type.  Great provenance, good luster for this species, outstanding form with one small penetrating crystal to give it more eye appeal.  This is one of those specimens which far exceeds the price I will ask here.  This will become a specimen to be proud of for anyone who specializes in Canadian minerals.  $300

 

 

 

 

OKJ-587

OKJ-587     Fluorite     Rogers Property, Madoc, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Prev. in Dr. George Robinson collection.  An exceptional specimen for a TN sized piece from here.  Competition grade specimen.  A perfect damage free cube with one tiny matrix contact for its base.  It is 2 cm on edge and basically equidimentional.  Gemmy internally without flaws, a pleasing and recognizable green color, and with the complex surface features that these crystals are so famous for.  Zero damage.  A real show stopper for this locale!  $190

 

 

 

 

OKJ-588

OKJ-588     Vesuvianite   Jeffery Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A fine, glassy grouping of crystals to 2.5 cm each.  Mix of green and the rare purple colors.  It measures 3 x 2 x 1.2 cm.  A flat base with contact but upper surfaces are exceptional.  Some edge contact as would be expected.  Highest of luster and free of primary surface damage.  Mounted in a perky box.  Nice.   $160

 

 

 

 

OKJ-589

OKJ-589     Amethyst     Pohndorf Amethyst Mine, Boulder Batholith, Jefferson Co., Montana.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A beautiful grape purple cap on a base of smoky color.  This one measures 2.6 x 2.1 x 1.6 cm.  Outstanding luster and form.  No damage.  Mounted in a perky box.  Very aesthetic.  $95

 

 

 

 

OKJ-590

OKJ-590     Pyrite     Rensselaer Stone Company Quarry, Pleasant Ridge, Indiana.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  This specimen measures 2.8 cm long x 1 x 1.2 cm.  It is a complex crystal for a pyrite and is partially skeletal, as well.  Mixed luster and very interesting surface features makes this an unusual specimen from a prolific locality.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-592

OKJ-592     Quartz Twin     Mina Tiro Estrella, El Capitan, Lincoln Co., New Mexico.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A beautiful twin with light striations and totally gem interior.  This one measures 2.3 x 1.5 x .7 cm.  Outstanding luster and form.  No damage.  Mounted in a perky box.  Very aesthetic.  $225

 

 

 

 

OKJ-593

OKJ-593     Mimetite     Kellogg, Idaho.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  An attractive druse coated piece measuring 3 x 2.7 x 1.5 cm.  Good luster and crystal coverage.  Damage free and mounted in a perky box.  A fine example.  $30

 

 

 

 

OKJ-594

OKJ-594     Tremolite      Miners Bay, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  An attractive 3 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm blocky group of high luster crystals.  Dark black, opaque but very sharp for the species. Damage free.  A fine example.  $60

 

 

 

 

OKJ-595

OKJ-595     Edenite     Wilberforce, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  An attractive 2.7 x 2.5 x 2.4 cm blocky group of high luster crystals.  Dark greenish black, translucent and very sharp for the species. Damage free.  A fine example.  $40

 

 

 

 

OKJ-596

OKJ-596    Stontianite pseudomorphs after Celestine     Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A white, opaque spray of replaced crystals measuring 3 x 2.2 x 1.2 cm overall.  Nicelt formed and damage free.  Certainly a rarity from a closed and never to be opened again location.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-598

OKJ-598     Witherite      Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  An attractive 3.1 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm ball of bright white witherite.  No damage to the crystals composing the aggregate, nice form, good fluorescence and phosphorescence.  $75

 

 

 

 

OKJ-599

OKJ-599     Magnetite     Jacupiranga Mine, Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A fantastic, high luster floater composted of several crystals to 1.7 cm each expertly mounted in a perky box.  2.1 x 1.8 x 1.2 cm overall.  An attractive problem free example.  Showy.  $35

 

 

 

 

OKJ-600

OKJ-600    Tourtmaline (Elbaite)   Minas Gerais, Brazil.  An old specimen I had laying around from when I first became a dealer in the early 1990s.  1.4 x 1 x .7 cm.  Well terminated, good luster, excellent form, translucent to transparent and a fine green color.  Good example.  $25

 

 

 

 

OKJ-601

OKJ-601     Elpidite pseudomorphs after Serandite      De Mix Quarry, Mt. St-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.   A 2.5 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm specimen.  It is not of the typical serandite crystal form so I am trusting he owner and previous owners (who usually have these things analyzed.  Good form and unusual, even for this unusual occurrence.  No damage.  $90

 

 

 

 

OKJ-602

OKJ-602     Amethyst     Rose Street, Bellingham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A nice crystal with good form and mottled color.  3.5 x 2.5 x 2.1 cm overall.  Minor chip on backside.  $50

 

 

 

 

OKJ-603

OKJ-603     Cassiterite    Huanuni, Oruro Dept., Bolivia.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A small plate of very high luster crystals to 1.4 cm each.  The piece measures 2.9 x 2.6 x 1.1 cm.  A fine damage free example mounted in a perky box.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-604

OKJ-604     Phlogopite     Earl Property, Wilberforce, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  An exceptional example of these fine mica crystals.  Terminated by pinnicoids, high in luster and nice rich color.  Slightly translucent with minor calcite matrix.  Large for this location. And aesthetic for a mica.  2.2 x 2.3 x 1.5 cm.  No damage.  Nice.  $30

 

 

 

 

OKJ-605

OKJ-605     Cassiterite     Krupka, Czech Republic.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A translucent single crystal measuring 2 x 2 x 1.4 cm.  High luster and no damage.  $40

 

 

 

 

OKJ-606

OKJ-606    Fluorite    T & G Prospect, Grant Co., New Mexico.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Interlocking octahedrons to 1.1 cm on edge of a rich purple color.  They have slightly frosted surfaces and good translucence.  Minor white matrix material.  2.2 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm.  Mounted in a perky box and damage free.  $50

 

 

 

 

OKJ-607

OKJ-607      Spinel    Parker Mine, Notre Dame du Laus, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  An exception spinel TN measuring 2.8 x 2.2 x 2.1 cm overall with crystals to 2.3 cm each.  Nice matrix present for contrast and crystal separation.  Fine form, luster and overall aesthetic.  This is from back in the "old days" when they could be found weathered free in the soil.  Exceptional.  $100

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