Golden Barite

Pohla, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Small Cabinet, 9.3 x 6.9 x 6.1 cm
Start Time: 01/07/2010 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/19/2010 7:00:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

When one says the terms "golden barite" the collector can think of several localities. But these robust, sharp, chisel-shaped crystals have always been the historic standard to which others are compared. This well-trimmed small cabinet specimen features numerous crystals to 3.5 cm long and 2 cm thick, set jauntily upon matrix, from this old, important silver mine that is better known these days for its so-called feather-silver specimens. The specimen displays all around, 360 degrees, and all the crystals appear to be pristine. It is a tremendously aesthetic example of this old classic! They were collected off and on, mainly, over the Cold War years and stashed. After a brief flood to the western market when the Wall fell, they dried up - I had thought they were contemporary at the time, but this was mistaken. In fact, most are older, many dating back now 40-50 years. Obtained in exchange at the Munich show, for 1700 euros (so about $2500 USD)

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