Stilpnomelane var. Chalcodite (OLD New York)

Sterling Mine, Antwerp, St. Lawrence Co., New York
Miniature, 5.4 x 4.4 x 1.7 cm
Start Time: 03/05/2009 8:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/12/2009 8:01:59 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Chalcodite is an OLD-TIME synonym for stilpnomelane. This CLASSIC and HISTORIC New York piece is from the famous Sterling Iron Mine at Antwerp. Foliated, two-toned gray plates of bladed stilpnomelane are jauntily set in matrix. Stilpnomelane is an uncommon layered silicate, related to mica and chlorite group minerals and this is a very highly representative, old-time specimen. This old mine closed in 1910. Comes with an expertly handwritten, faded label from an older collection. The collection this came out of was a museum stash dating to prior to World War I.

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