English, Scottish, and  Irish Mineral Specimens For Sale, Page 2

 

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.

 

 

 

OKM-882

OKM-882     Calcite Twin      Egremont, Cumbria, England.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  Old Gregory, Bottley and LLoyd Minerals of England... label included.  Classic "butterfly twin" measuring 2.9 x 2.3 x 2.7 cm.  No damage, excellent form, good luster, excellent transparency.  Nice.  $320

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-832

OKM-832      Fluorite     England.  Location is undetermined.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A fluorite twin on mixed minerals including smaller fluorites, pyrite, dolomite and calcite.  5.6 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm.  Backside is well crystallized with small clearer fluorite.  The only damage I can find on either side is a tiny 1 millimeter cleave on one cube in the twinned grouping.  Very high luster, aesthetic, and mounted in a miniature sized perky box.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-109

OKM-109     Fluorite      Blackdene Mine, Weardale, Durham, England.  I suspect that this is a rather old specimen...  8.5 x 8.2 x 3.7 cm with cubes to 3.2 cm on edge.  Minor chipping throughout but not in what most would call bad condition.  The big twins are doubles, with two sides showing the penetration.  I've seen these in the literature but do not remember what to call them.  I have not seen this in contemporary material from anywhere.  Small, ugly etched calcite in center of piece.  Great clarity and surface have mixed luster with corners being clearer (much like "Carthage Corners" seem on Tennessee material.  The first $300 gets it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-139

OKM-139     Fluorite    Cumbria, England.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  Light yellow, transparent cubes to 1.5 cm on edge.  Piece measures 8 x 5.3 x 1.5 cm.  Repair don center of specimen invisible from front.  Very minor micro chipping seen with 10x.  Displays as damage free.  Nice inclusions of sulfides (likely pyrite) and a few on the surfaces of cubes.  Classic material.  $180

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-184

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OKM-184      Fluorite      Cumbra, England.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  The specimen measures 11.7 x 7 x 3.4 cm and has both sides crystallized.  Back has lots of damaged crystals were as the front is damage free.  These crystals are interesting having white regions with light green bodies.  The crystals are to 1 cm each on edge.  Some are twinned.  Old specimen with a Gregory, Bottley and LLoyd of London tag.  $195

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-180

OKM-180     Goethite     Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumberland, England.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  11 x 10 x 4 cm plate of fine botryoidal goethite.  Classic!  High luster and aesthetic display.  No damage.  Small areas have shed a thin layer (natural not damage) otherwise very even luster and color.  $175

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-171

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OKM-171     Goethite      Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumberland, England.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  The classic location for this famous material.  "Kidney Ore"   This monster is a museum sized piece measuring in at 27 x 17 x 9 cm overall.  It is difficult to handle and difficult to display as it is probably about 20 pounds in weight.  Front and back are both damage free.  Calcite overgrowths on surfaces once attached to matrix and one small calcite cluster in the front adds some interest.  Not scuffed up, chipped or abraded in any way.  Beautiful, high quality piece.  P.O.R.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-989

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OKM-989    Calcite Twin    Cumberland, England.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  Here is a nice find.  I think finding another as good for sale (at this price) anywhere would take some work!  This example is classic English material.  It measures 4.7 x 4.2 x 1.6 cm.  Small contact from matrix on very tip of base of twin.  Back of one wing shows a large contact from another crystal.  Great front view.  Good transparency, partial phantom, no damage.  $380

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-818

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OKM-818    Barite    Cumberland, England.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A fine example of this classic material in an attractive matrix specimen measuring 11 x 9.5 x 6 cm.  Single and double terminated crystals of lustrous, transparent barite to 6.7 cm each are scattered nicely on the surface of hematitic matrix.  Some crystallization on back but it is minor compared to the display face.  A couple of the crystals are missing their tapered terminations due to what appears to have been contacts with other crystals or matrix.  I think the specimen is natural and is free of any human damage... an unusually thing for such an old specimen.  $3,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-154

OKL-154     Barytocalcite on Calcite     Blea Gill, Alston Moor, England.  Ex Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Here is a a rare find, from the specie's type locality.  A damage free spray of very lustrous crystals of barytocalcite on whitish gray calcite measuring 2.6 x 2.1 x 1.6 cm.  A tiny bit of trimming and it becomes a competition grade TN.  Mounted in a perky box.  $320

 

 

 

 

 

 

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     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

 

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