Morganite (early 1900s) ex Arch Oboler & Martion Stuart Coll.

Vanderburg Mine, San Diego Co., California
Cabinet, 11.7 x 8.9 x 7.3 cm
Start Time: 05/13/2009 5:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/21/2009 5:00:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

A SIGNIFICANT, VERY RARE, large, old-time CABINET morganite specimen from the less well-known Vanderburg Mine of San Diego County. The gemmy and lustrous, 9.0 x 3.4 cm, vivid pink crystal is partially complete with some damaged faces on the sides; and partially contacted, we must note. It rests atop a matrix of cleavelandite, pink lepidolite and quartz. This dramatic and impressive specimen also has a very interesting history. Arch Oboler (1907 - 1987) was a playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, and director who was active in radio, films, theatre and television. He is regarded today as one of the innovators of radio drama in the 1930s. When the Oboler collection was sold, it went to well-known collector, Marion Stuart. The label is Marion Stuart"s. Marion lent the piece to the L.A. County Museum and it later sold to another collector. I obtained the piece and trimmed it to its present size (this portion being the unrepaired part of the original piece, and showing one termination of the morganite face-forward.. Vanderburg Mine morganites are INCREDIBLY RARE on the market, in ANY quality or size.

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