Nagyagite with 1800's Bryce Wright label

Nagyag, Transylvania, Romania
Small Cabinet, 8.4 x 6.9 x 1.1 cm
Start Time: 11/12/2009 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/24/2009 7:37:25 pm (CST)
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Item Description

Nagyagite, before it was identified, was simply known as a weird form of tellurium - and thus the label for foliated tellurium dates the piece back to the 1840s (it was named in 1845). The Bryce Wright label corresponds with this, as he dealt in that era of the mid-1800s. He was one of the most noted dealers in England at the time, and original old labels of his are quite rare now, as survivors. As for the piece itself, it is important because of its size and richness - though the crystals are small and flatlaying, there are a lot of them. Notably, though, the piece was never cleaned in acid which is commonly done to remove the quartz, and which leaves the crystals lusterless. Over the years, sadly, MANY have been cleaned and so a large, rich, un-acidized specimen like this is a thing of - relative - beauty to many collectors. Valued $2000-2500

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