Manganite (ex David Burgess Collection)

Ilfeld, Nordhausen, Harz, Thuringia, Germany (Type Locality)
6.3 x 4.3 x 3.1 cm
Start Time: 11/07/2019 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/14/2019 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

From the type locality for the species, here we have a wonderful old time Manganite from Ilfeld, Germany. The best of these pieces are most iconic examples of Manganite in the world, and since the locality is completely defunct, it's difficult to find good quality specimens on the market. This small cabinet sized specimen is loaded with many fine quality, sharp, lustrous, jet-black, prismatic crystals of Manganite measuring up to 1.0 cm on matrix. Nearly all of the crystals are undamaged. A great example of this well-known and now hard to find material. From the worldwide collection of David Burgess (1951-2016) with a wonderful label from rare species dealer Josef Vajdak. David was a prolific species collector from Newington, Connecticut, and the namesake for the extremely rare cobalt arsenate species Burgessite, which he discovered.