Bournonite and Quartz - old classic circa mid 1800s

Herodsfoot Mine, Lanreath, Cornwall, England, UK
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 4.8 x 7.7 cm
Start Time: 09/23/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/30/2021 6:40:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $2,000
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Known for its world-class Bournonites, the Herodsfoot Mine began operations in the 1700's and there are stories of the famous dealer Richard Talling bringing out these bournonites in the mid-1800s, and trading or selling them to museums all over the world. This is a spectacular small cabinet piece with exquisite style, aesthetics, and condition. It certainly dates from that era (mid-1800s). The most distinctive characteristic of Herodsfoot Bournonites is their cogwheel habit, and these bright and metallic twinned crystals certainly show off this famous style. That they are set amongst sparkling , bright quartz is an extra bonus, and gives such nice contrast. The individual crystals range up to 3 cm across, serrated into castle-like sections which gives it a visual complexity, but what I find most noteworthy at first glance is simply the metallic luster. Minor damage at the periphery , but the display face is simply gorgeous and intact. Exceptionally bright and shiny, the high luster makes the Bournonites look like polished graphite, something you do not see every day, anywhere. Add to that an impressive provenance, with this small cabinet piece formerly being in the noted collections of Scott Rudolph and Terry Szenics (who notes it originated with Keith Proctor long ago). One of the absolute oldest of mineral classics, so rare we almost never see a good one for sale, this was mined during the mid-1800's and this venerable combination piece well-represents this famous old locality. To read more about this locality, be sure to check out the article in the Mineralogical Record, Volume 43, pp 411-486. Terry's label indicates a $7500 price on sale to Richard Rossi, the present owner. It is worth that and more, honestly valued amongst us in the range of $8000-12000 depending on who was voting here. It is large, shiny, and sparkly - but still is this most rare of old english classics

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $2,000 09/30/2021 6:34:08 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,950 09/30/2021 6:29:32 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder * $1,900 09/30/2021 6:29:19 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder * $1,900 09/30/2021 6:29:19 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,850 09/30/2021 6:28:08 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,800 09/30/2021 6:16:58 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,780 09/30/2021 6:16:58 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,750 09/30/2021 6:16:52 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,700 09/30/2021 6:16:52 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,650 09/30/2021 6:16:44 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,600 09/30/2021 6:16:44 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,550 09/30/2021 6:16:38 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,500 09/30/2021 6:16:38 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,450 09/30/2021 6:16:33 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,400 09/30/2021 6:16:33 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,350 09/30/2021 6:16:25 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,300 09/30/2021 6:16:25 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,250 09/30/2021 3:22:44 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,200 09/30/2021 3:22:44 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,150 09/30/2021 3:19:01 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,100 09/30/2021 3:19:01 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $925 09/30/2021 3:18:16 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $900 09/30/2021 3:18:16 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $825 09/30/2021 2:49:52 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $800 09/30/2021 2:49:52 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $752 09/29/2021 11:55:20 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $727 09/29/2021 11:55:20 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $676 09/27/2021 4:55:34 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $651 09/27/2021 4:55:34 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $576 09/27/2021 4:55:22 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $551 09/27/2021 4:55:22 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $455 09/26/2021 4:10:24 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $445 09/26/2021 4:10:24 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $435 09/26/2021 7:26:15 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $425 09/26/2021 7:26:15 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $415 09/25/2021 6:13:54 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $405 09/25/2021 6:13:54 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $395 09/25/2021 6:13:40 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $385 09/25/2021 6:13:39 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $365 09/25/2021 12:11:31 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $355 09/25/2021 12:11:31 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $309 09/24/2021 10:26:19 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $299 09/24/2021 10:26:18 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $290 09/24/2021 10:25:54 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $280 09/24/2021 10:25:54 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $60 09/24/2021 1:59:59 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $50 09/24/2021 1:59:59 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $10 09/24/2021 1:46:10 am (CDT)
* Proxy Bid Battle: In the event of two customers inputting matching proxy bids, the leading bid goes to the earliest of the two proxy bids. Tie winners are shown in bold.