Bromian Chlorargyrite (ex. AE Foote, Smithsonian)

Broken Hill Mine, New South Wales, Australia
Miniature, 3.3 x 2.8 x 2.6 cm
Start Time: 06/01/2009 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/11/2009 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Embolite is an old-time synonym of bromian chlorargyrite. This is an EXTREMELY RICH and SHOWY specimen of this very rare silver species, with superb discrete crystals, from the classic and best locality of old Broken Hill. This piece is SOLID bromian chlorargyrite, with a unique coral-like form! The dark olive-green crystals have excellent waxy luster. This is a rare member of the group of related silver chlorides from Broken Hill, and hard to obtain today in good specimens. This old-timer, certainly around 100 years old or older. It was purchased by the Smithsonian or their donor perhaps, from AE Foote around the turn of the 1900s. It now comes in an antique, glass-covered box (old Smithsonian style storage box) with the A.E. Foote label glued to the bottom. Ex Smithsonian Collection, exchanged to Dr Gary Hansen in the 1970s. Ex Hansen collection to me, 2005. Valued at $600-750, for quality, richness and age.

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