Cerussite (reticulated twinned crystals) (ex Kay Robertson Collection)

Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
10.8 x 8.3 x 3.7 cm
Start Time: 11/30/2019 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/05/2019 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

A classic full cabinet sized Cerussite specimen from the world famous Tsumeb Mine. The piece is features a large, 4.9 cm, fine quality, sharp, lustrous, gemmy, white, "snowflake"-shaped reticulated / twinned Cerussite crystal group associated with smaller Cerussite crystals and beautiful individual crystals of colorless Smithsonite on contrasting dark colored matrix. It's not common to find a 2-inch "snowflake" like this on matrix from Tsumeb, especially these days. The piece displays beautifully as you can see in the photos. Of the literally hundreds of species found at Tsumeb, on of the all-time species is Cerussite and cabinet display pieces like this will always stand out as some of the finest examples ever found. The specimen is in great shape, but the tip of the main Cerussite crystal has a few small nicks. If the piece were perfect, I could easily see it retailing for $2500-$3000, but it's obviously less because of the imperfections. Ex Kay Robertson Collection (#1500). Kay is a prominent California collector, who specialized in European classics (see the article in the March-April, 2007 Mineralogical Record and the 50+ page article in the German Magazine "Mineralien Welt" November-December 2017).