Native Lead (well-crystallized)

Langban, Varmland, Sweden
Miniature, 5.1 x 3.5 x 3.2 cm
Start Time: 02/20/2010 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/04/2010 6:00:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

A great, old classic! This is a dense, heavy (131 grams) specimen of lead, which is composed entirely hoppered growth crystals to 1.0 cm in length. Native lead with well - developed crystals like this are extremely rare and desired by collectors of such oddities. In fact, lead is one of the more difficult of the common & major ore metals to obtain in native crystals; and the best really do come from just a few old mines in Langban and Harstigen, in Sweden. Such pieces mostly date to the 1800s or early 1900s (and this label is mid-1900s). Add to this that the location of the old and famous Langban Mine in Sweden has some value as well, and then this specimen becomes a treasure. So FEW crystallized lead specimens are actually displayable in any meaningfully aesthetic manner! This one would win a beauty contest for the normally lumpy, dull, gray stuff. An important rarity, valued $2500

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