Alstonite (Type Locality) and Witherite (old classic)

Brownley Hill Mine, Alston Moor, Cumbria, England
Small Cabinet, 5.7 x 4.0 x 3.3 cm
Start Time: 04/01/2010 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/08/2010 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Bromlite is an old-time synonym for alstonite, the rare barium carbonate. This outstanding, old-time, combination specimen is from the historic Type Locality in Alston Moor, the Brownley Hill Mine. The name on this very label here dates it to prior to the mid 1800s, in fact. A 4 cm, glassy, translucent, sharply terminated, witherite crystal points directly to a 3.0 x 2.3 cm vug lined with tranclucent, slightly colored alstonite crystals to about 4 mm. The large witherite would have been doubly terminated, but the other end is cleaved or contacted - yet the major point is 100% complete and of high quality, in any case. This is an excellent combination specimen of this rare species and classic locale. Comes with an expertly handwritten, faded label from an older collection. The collection this came out of was a museum stash dating to prior to World War I. This is an outstanding miniature, very rich, and dated. It should be valued around $900-1250

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