superb Mexican Pyrrhotite (old) ex Consie Prince Coll.

Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 9.7 x 8.5 x 6.0 cm
Start Time: 12/03/2009 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/10/2009 6:30:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

A classic and very showy, large pyrrhotite specimen from Santa Eulalia. Some of the best pyrrhotites in the world have come from Santa Eulalia and this is an excellent example....mostly forgotten by modern collectors but now you see the mistake in doing so. The sharp, hexagonal crystals have a pleasing brown-bronze color and very striking, highly lustrous, golden-brown terminations. the patina is really unique. The large crystal is 5.5 cm wide near the base. Rosettes of tiny calcite scalenohedrons preferentially and richly coat some faces and are a supper accent. This specimen is complete all-around and has only modest contacting on the backside. Specimens of this old-time quality and color came out in the 1960s and 70s. Ex Consie Prince Collection. Valued at $1250-1500 for size, quality and color. I HAVE NOT SEEN ANOTHER of this style, as good, in 2 decades.

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