Mimetite var. Campylite, with Barite

Drygill Mine, Cumbria, England
Small Cabinet, 8.1 x 6.7 x 4.4 cm
Start Time: 07/19/2009 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 07/28/2009 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

A superb example of this classic mimetite varietal, once known by the local name Campylite in the mid-1800s. This material, which typically has an orangey to brick red color, is one of the most classic lead species found in the north of England. This particular piece is notable for its high luster, its rich color which is more vibrant than usual, and a small association with barite for accent. It has a few very mior dings or rubs, but given its probable age, the size, and the overall display quality there is nothing I feel detracts overmuch. This is, in fact, one of the showier examples I have seen recently for sale. Again, the color and luster really make it stand out from most others of this sort, when seen in person. From the collection of the late Ernie Schlichter, and valued at $1800-2000. I have seen frankly lesser specimens with the major British dealers at Munich for similar if not more money, when the exchange rate to the pound is taken into account.

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