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New York and New Jersey Specimens (May 7, 2008)

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Zircon
#ZIR0003
Rossie, St. Lawrence Co., New York, USA

22.1 mm x 10.3 mm x 10.0 mm

$75

Zircon

Zircon

Zircon

Zircon

Description:

This is a well-formed doubly terminated crystal from a rare locale!  The only one I have, or have ever had from Rossie.  Not much else to say about it.   Just check out those great terminations!  For a zircon collector, you may want to add this one to your collection ASAP!

 

Roeblingite
#ROE0001
Frankin Mine, Frankin, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA

11.3 mm x 7.8 mm x 5.1 mm

$65

SOLD



Roeblingite

Roeblingite

Roeblingite

 

Description:

This may be a smaller specimen, but if you want a representative sample of this much sought after Franklin mineral, then this is a great deal!  The nodule of roeblingite fluoresces reddish under SW UV.  A hard-to-find species, well worth the investment!

 

Zincite
#ZCT0003
Sterling Mine, Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, Franklin Mining District, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA

45.7mm x 32.0mm x 12.8mm

$350

Zincite
Zincite

Zincite

Zincite
Zincite
Zincite

Description:

Wow, what a beauty of a zincite miniature.  This is a great specimen with it's nice mix of colors (in daylight), with the orange-red zincite contrasting on the grayish-white matrix.  A little calcite and franklinite is scattered about.  The zincite crystals are slender for the most part, but there are crystals, and partial crystals.  You can look at this specimen for an hour straight  and still find neat little features you didn't notice before!  Very rare to find such well-exposed crystals.

 

Diopside
#DPS0001
Dekalb, St. Lawrence Co., New York, USA

43.1 x 32.1 x 21.7mm / 232.7 cts

$550

Diopside
Diopside
Diopside
Diopside
Diopside
 

Description:

I believe this was found on the Calvin Mitchell farm, which maybe has a new name now, but the "Dekalb" location is enough to know what we are looking at here.  This is a marvelous, large crystal for the locale ... I have seen only one other of this size, and it sold for almost $1,000.  The crystal has spectacular form, great striations, internal gemminess (especially at the tip), and the termination is so neat -- hundreds of tiny parallel surfaces, with some clay still inside.  I cleaned this specimen up quite a bit with a high pressure water gun for a while and got it pretty clean, though you could still go at it for a few more hours.  Usually the crystals from this locale are about 1/3 the size or less.  This is choice!

 

Willemite
#WLM0002
Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA

54.4 x 29.2 x 28.1mm

$380

SOLD



Willemite (w/ F. Canfield label!)
Willemite (w/ F. Canfield label!)

Willemite (w/ F. Canfield label!)

Willemite (w/ F. Canfield label!)
Willemite (w/ F. Canfield label!)
Willemite (w/ F. Canfield label!)

Description:

A large, prismatic, doubly terminate willemite with amazing provenance.  This specimen has an original Frederick Canfield label glued to the back ... meaning the specimen was collected in the 1870's to 1880's!  This is a piece of history right here!  Mr. Canfield was born in 1849, and passed away in 1926.  He is a well-known and very respected collector of Franklin minerals, and this specimen is proof that he had an eye for the unusual.  Not only is the crystal huge, but it is doubly terminated, though showing some damage at the terminations ... but given the provenance of the piece, one cannot complain.  The crystal fluoresces green in patches under SW UV, as you would expect from willemite.  Sorry I don't have a picture of that, but I assure you I have tested the piece in the past.  Franklin collectors, label collectors, wherever you are, come and get it!

 

Hodgkinsonite
#HGK0001
Franklin Mine, Franklin, Franklin Mining District, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA

59.3 x 49.5 x 36.2mm

$450

Hodgkinsonite
Hodgkinsonite

Hodgkinsonite

Hodgkinsonite
Hodgkinsonite
Hodgkinsonite

Hodgkinsonite

Description:

A choice former Conklin specimen, this is one heck of a hodgkinsonite specimen!  I say that because, even when you can find a hodgkinsonite (they are quite rare), not often do you see such great color or crystallization.  This specimen has several vugs with nice sharp crystals to 6mm, and partial crystals that are even bigger, showing superb lavender color and nice luster (see the close-ups).  All on a nice contrasting matrix of massive franklinite with some calcite.  And it can be displayed in several ways, depening on which angle or "vug" you like the best!  This is another one of those pieces that you will like to explore in detail.

 

Sphalerite
#SPH0001
ZZA Pierrepont Zinc Mine, Pierrepont, NY, USA

56.5 x 49.4 x 50.2mm

$345

Sphalerite

Sphalerite

Sphalerite

Sphalerite

Description:

The sphalerite from this locale is perhaps the most beautiful of its kind in all the world!  Perhaps its due to the glowing golden color, or maybe the way the crystals look on the contrasting hematite matrix.  Maybe a bit of both.  In any case, this is a great specimen for the location, showing sharp, pure gem crystals to 7mm.  There is minor pyrite and quartz as well.  This is a hefty specimen that looks great on display (speaking from experience here)!  My pics tended to make the crystals are darker, browner color, but in person they are a golden yellow!  A killer piece!

 

Hodgkinsonite
#HGK0003
Franklin Mine, Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA

29.1 x 22.5 x 12.2mm

$65

SOLD



Hodgkinsonite

Hodgkinsonite

Hodgkinsonite

 

Description:

Another piece of the rare mineral, hodgkinsonite!  This specimen consists of a nodule of massive deep purple-pink hodgekinsonite in a franklinite matrix.  No crystals this time, but a very nice specimen for the color and contrast.  This is a very cute thumbnail for the price.

 

Chondrodite
#CDT0001
Tilly Foster mine, Brewster, Putnam Co., New York, USA

74.5 x 42.1 x 55.7mm

$160

Chondrodite
Chondrodite

Chondrodite

Chondrodite
Chondrodite
Chondrodite

Description:

Now this specimen came from Ed Swoboda, it was collected ... well, not sure how long ago, but from the provenance it is probably pretty old.  Bryan Swoboda cleaned it and trimmed it a bit, and it could use a little more etching of some calcite maybe to expose more chondrodite.  But as it is, this is a very nice, cabinet size specimen from a famous locale, showing deep orange-cinnamon colored crystals of chondrodite, and beautiful deep green books of clinochlore.  My pics don't do it justice!  A famous locale, great piece with great history!

 

Franklinite
#FRK0001
Sterling Mine, Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, Franklin Mining District, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA

34.7 x 23.3 x 30.0mm

$120

Franklinite
Franklinite
Franklinite
Franklinite
Franklinite
 

Description:

The most famous Franklin mineral of them all ... Franklinite!  This is a nice piece for its crystal size and displayability.  It consists of two well-formed large franklinite crystals to 23mm wide, in perfect parallel growth, and a smidgen of calcite matrix.  Some damage on the backside and edges, but still very nice, and looks great mounted to an acrylic base!

 

Augite (var. Jeffersonite)
#AUG0001
Passaic Pit (Marshall Mine; Passaic Mine), Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, Franklin Mining District, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA

104.8 x 71.7 x 80.5mm

$200

Augite var. Jeffersonite

Augite var. Jeffersonite

Augite var. Jeffersonite

Augite var. Jeffersonite

Description:

This mineral does not have color or luster going for it, but it has size and form that will knock your socks off!  Jeffersonite, as it is called from this locale, tends to form in these sharp prismatic crystals.  This happens to be a pretty large specimen, with equally large crystals, and just stands up perfectly on its own.  If you are a Franklin collector, this is a "must-have" specimen!

 

Xenotime-(Y)
#XEN0002
185th Street at the Harlem River, New York City, Manhattan Island, NY, USA

33.7 x 25.7 x 24.5mm

$170

SOLD

Xenotime
Xenotime

Xenotime

Xenotime
Xenotime
Xenotime

Description:

Stop the train!  We gotta get out and take a look at this, a site to behold!  Some of you may already know about this small find of xenotime from New York City.  If you have never heard of it, it's a short story ... when the old Harlem Speedway was under construction, all sorts of neat species were found in the Manhattan bedrock and soil!  A few crystals of xenotime were unearthed, and while they do appear on the market from time to time, they are quite rare.  This specimen has one main 6mm crystal well exposed on the tip of matrix, with a smaller partial crystal as well.  A New York City xenotime, who would have "thunk" it?  This specimen also has a great provenance, ex. John Manley historic label, from around the early 1890's!  You like apples?  I got a NYC xenotime!  How 'ya like 'dem apples?

 

Zincite
#ZCT0002
Sterling Mine, Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, Franklin Mining District, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA

61.8 x 35.1 x 24.8mm

$575

SOLD

Zincite
Zincite
Zincite
Zincite
Zincite
 

Description:

This is one specimen which I thought about holding on to for a little longer!  It is a nice cabinet sized specimen, with tremendous coverage of crystallized zincite, both partial, and complete crystals on the display side, and minor amounts of hodgkinsonite, hetaerolite, and chlorophoenicite.  A bit different that the other two zincites in this update.  The close ups show the hexagonal nature of some crystals.  This is my best zincite for sure, and has nice provenance.  It was once in the personal collection of Richard Kosnar.  Just look at the pics ... this should be an easy choice to make if you want a nice crystallized zincite!

 

Willemite and Franklinite
#WLM0001
Sterling Mine, Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, Franklin Mining District, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA

42.6 x 30.7 x 23.0mm

$225

Willemite

Willemite

Willemite

Willemite

Description:

This is a lovely, well trimmed miniature consisting of two highly fluorescent, doubly terminated crystals of willemite with perfectly formed all-around octahedrons of jet black franklinite, perched on white calcite matrix that fluoresces red.  But this specimen is best appreciated with the light on!  A very nice representation of these two classic Franklin species!

 

Rhodonite
#RDN0003
Franklin Mine, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA

53.9 x 38.3 x 21.8mm

$60

SOLD

Rhodonite

Rhodonite

Rhodonite

Rhodonite

Description:

Simple yet effective!  That's what I call this specimen.  A single 27mm rhodonite crystal is embedded in a matrix of pure white calcite.  The rhodonite is about half complete, but the part that is terminated is very sharp, and the crystal has gorgeous raspberry-pink color, with translucence near the surface.  A good specimen for the price.

 

Pimelite
#PIM0001
Trotter Mine (Lehigh Mine), Franklin, Franklin Mining District, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA

50.3 x 30.3 x 23.2mm

$90

Pimelite

Pimelite

Pimelite

 

Description:

Now here is an odd one.  A nickel mineral from Franklin!  I have never seen another specimen of this mineral for sale, and it's definitely unique.  It consists of what could be best described as a "coating" of green pimelite on a matrix of quartz, franklinite, and other "unknowns."  And it's nice that for a rare mineral, it's NOT a mico or TN.  Very interesting!

 

Rhodonite
#RDN0002
Franklin Mine, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA

76.9 x 59.8 x 48.8mm

$125

Rhodonite
Rhodonite

Rhodonite

Rhodonite
Rhodonite
Rhodonite

Description:

This is a nice cabinet sized piece of rhodonite on calcite, with many larger blocky, well-formed crystals to over 4cm in size!  The color is a lighter pink that the specimen above, with some crystals that possess a coating of what could be an iron oxide of sorts.  I have not attempted to remove it, as I judge the specimen more on its size and form.  If you've been looking for a representative cabinet sized rhodonite from Franklin, then this is a great way to start the day!

 

Franklinite
#FRK0002
Sterling Mine, Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, Franklin Mining District, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA

45.6 x 39.3 x 36.7mm

$65

Franklinite

Franklinite

Franklinite

Franklinite

Description:

Another neat franklinite specimen, here we have several octahedrons to 11mm in a calcite matrix, with numerous partial crystals scattered about.  A nice specimen that won't break the bank!

 

Hodgkinsonite
#HGK0002
Franklin Mine, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA

28.8 x 13.3 x 8.0mm

$70

SOLD



Hodgkinsonite

Hodgkinsonite

Hodgkinsonite

Hodgkinsonite

Description:

The last of the "hodgies" that I have to offer, this is basically a massive piece of hodgkinsonite, translucent, with super lavender color.  There is minor black franklinite matrix attached.  A very attractive thumbnail!

 

Norbergite
#NBG0001
Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA

55.2 x 48.0 x 16.5mm

$250

SOLD

Norbergite
Norbergite
Norbergite
Norbergite
Norbergite
 

Description:

Some would call it chondrodite, but after doing some research into this, the crystals from Sparta are recognized as norbergite.  The crystal has super lemon-butterscotch color, fantastic form, and respectable size for such a complete crystal (about 1 cm).  It is perched perfectly atop a marble-like white matrix.  The crystal shows yellow fluorescence under SW UV.  You will not easily find another Sparta norbergite specimen of this quality, with such perfect form and color!

 

Zincite
#ZCT0001
Sterling Mine, Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, Franklin Mining District, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA

54.4 x 30.5 x 8.9mm

$245

Zincite

Zincite

Zincite

Zincite

Description:

The last of my zincites, this is another super specimen, with many long slender crystals and partial crystals.  The close-ups show some of the great color and crystallization.  The matrix contains a fibrous mineral, I'm not sure what it is.  I have not tested this specimen for fluorescence since I got it at the Springfield show last year (when they had a giant SW tent-like tunnel filled with fluorescent mineral displays).  But regardless, this is a zincite specimen more than anything else, and a very good one at that!

 

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