Chalcocite ex Scott Williams coll.

Christmas Pocket, Flambeau Mine, Ladysmith, Rusk Co., Wisconsin
Small Cabinet, 9.8 x 5.7 x 4.9 cm
Start Time: 06/13/2009 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/23/2009 6:15:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed

Item Description

Chalcocite from the Flamebeau mine set a modern standard for the species not matched since the mine closed (around 2000) and not seen since the old find sof the 1800s in Bristol (CT) and in Cornwall (England). This small mine of high grade ore is now reclaimed. It was worked professionally for specimens by dealers Casey and Jane Jones in the early to mid-90s, though, under contract with the ownership. They recovered a number of specimens, among them this stellar piece from the so-called Christmas Pocket. They sold the specimen to well-known dealer and collector Scott Williams, sadly among the last things he acquired in his long life of collecting. His label is included here. The piece is a dizzying solid cluster of complexly intergrown crystals, complete all around, showing the famous iridescent coloration that made this mine unique. Chalcocite from here is, I would say, the prettiest of the species for sheer color. This piece is particularly rich in the blues, in fact. Most chalcocite from anywhere else is black or gray. Thus, these are not just US classics, but are also among the most beautiful specimens for an important ore species. Heavy piece, at 398 grams, and complete all around! Ex Scott Williams collection. Valued $2500-3000

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