Dufrenite (old - classic locale)

Wheal Phoenix, Linkinhorne, Liskeard Dist., Cornwall, England
Small Cabinet, 7.4 x 4.0 x 2.2 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

Dufrenite is a rare, secondary mineral of calcium, iron phosphate commonly found in iron ore deposits and in vein gossans. A well-placed vug in hematite matrix is lined with lustrous, blue-green, dufrenite botryoids. The two, broken botryoids reveal the radial growth pattern of the dufrenite, which to me, is a really nifty feature. This fine, OLD-TIMER comes from a CLASSIC Cornwall locality - the famous Wheal Phoenix. The piece 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. Easily over 100 years old.

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