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IJP69 Pyromorphite,

Wheatly Mine, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

6.5x 5.1x 3.1 cm

$435

 

Here is a classic Phoenixville specimen. It was purchased from Dr. Robert Lavinsky, who acquired it as part of an old collection that consisted mainly of material from the 1800's and early 1900's.

 

As most of these Phoenixville pyromorphites were mind prior to the Civil War, it is safe to say that this piece is at least 100 years old.

 

It is a little bruised--but what else could you expect from a piece this old?  This is an American classic.

 

 

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IJP71 Pyromorphite,

San Luis Mine, Guazapares, Chihuahua, Mexico

6.0x 4.0x 2.7 cm

 

 

A rich miniature, covered with bright yellow hexagonal prisms.  Old material, likely from the 1970's.

 

 

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IJP72 Pyromorphite,

San Luis Mine, Guazapares, Chihuahua, Mexico

3.0x 3.0x 1.5 cm

 

Another Mexican pyro, from the famous San Luis Mine.  This is a damage-free toenail, covered with splendid crystals to 1.2 cm, quite large for the locality.  As with the last specimen, this is probably from the 1970's. 

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IJP73 Pyromorphite,

Baja California Sur, Mexico

10.2x 6.9x 6.4 cm

$435

 

A rare pyromorphite from Baja California Sur, with pyromorphite crystals to 1.5 cm.  Quite impressive for the locality. How often do you come across one of these?

 

Ex. Ecole des Mines collection, though no label.

 

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IJP74 Pyromorphite

Bunker Hill Mine, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, United States

5.1x 3.4x 3.3 cm

 

 

 A classic Bunker Hill pyromorphite, with large, lustrous, bright orange crystals perched atop lesser xtls and a gossan matrix.  A very choice miniature from the major find of the 1980's.  The color is a bit duller than the pictures show.

 

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IJP75 Pyromorphite

Bunker Hill Mine, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, United States

3.8x 2.4x 2.2 cm

 

 

 

 A classic Bunker Hill pyromorphite miniature, with numerous crystals to 1.6 cm, some with a whitish coating (though this does not show up too well in the pictutes). No damage.

 

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IJP76 Pyromorphite

Bunker Hill Mine, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, United States

3.4x .9x .9 cm

$150

 

 

 A classic Bunker Hill pyromorphite thumbnail.  Bright, and no damage--a perfect compound crystal.  Very hard to find such pieces.

 

 

 

IJP77 Pyromorphite

Bunker Hill Mine, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, United States

5.6x 2.8x 1.4 cm

 

 

 

 A classic Bunker Hill pyromorphite, with numerous bright yellow/orange, double terminated pyromorphites on matrix.  Bright. Very bright.

 

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IJP78 Pyromorphite

Bunker Hill Mine, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, United States

3.5x2.5x 1.5 cm

 

 

 

 Another bunker hill pyromorphite, with an almost neon green color.  Consider this an opportunity to acquire an example of the best material Bunker Hill produced, only in miniature size and without having to shell out thousands of dollars.

 

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IJP79 Pyromorphite

Bunker Hill Mine, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, United States

3.6x 3.0x 2.2 cm

 

 

 Another Bunker Hill pyromorphite.  There is micro damage visible when you look very closely, but it is a great BH "toenail" regardless.

 

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IJP88 Pyromorphite,

Bunker Hill Mine, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, United States

3.7x 3.5x 2.5 cm

 

A miniature covered with bright orange pyromorphites to 4 mm.  

 

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IJP80 Pyromorphite

Bunker Hill Mine, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, United States

5.1x 3x 2.6 cm

 

 

 

 And another... this one botryoidal and orange.  It almost looks wet.  There is a large  prismatic xtl in the reverse.

 

 

 

IJP81 Pyromorphite

Bunker Hill Mine, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, United States

2.8x 2.1x 2.0 cm

 

 

 

 Same as the above, just smaller.

 

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IJP82 Pyromorphite

Kellogg Mine, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, United States

14.0x 10.1x 3.8 cm

$385

 

 

 A large cabinet pyromorphite that is around 30-40 years old, and from one of the less common mines in the area.  The individual crystals reach .8 cm.

 

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IJP83 Pyromorphite

Wallace, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, United States

4.7x 3.4x 2.7 cm

$235

 

 

 Here is a pyromorphite that hails from the same area as the more common Bunker Hill specimens.  This one hosts a partial vein containing  numerous deep green crystals (not orange or yellow!) many with pinacoid terminations. 

 

Wallace pyromorphites are much harder to obtain than those from Bunker Hill or other Coeur d'Alene localities.

 

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IJP87 Pyromorphite

Midnight Mine, Mullan Co., Idaho, United States

9.7x 5.4x 3.6 cm

 

 

 

A spectacular pyromorphite from a locality near the Bunker Hill mine, though which produced no where near as much material.  This cabinet specimen is richly covered with large compound crystals, in the light color that the mine is known for. It comes from a 40-50 year old collection, meaning that this is one of about 100 or so pieces dispersed by Jack Crowly in the late 1960's.  There we no other finds of this material at the time, so this is almost certainly from that find.  I have only seen one other for sale, an inferior piece that sold for $750.  Although Collector's Edge recently brought a number of newer specimens to market, they do not compare in quality to these older pieces, which surpass them in terms crystal size and overall aesthetics. 

 

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IJP85 Pyromorphite

Hardshell Mine, Patagonia Mtns, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona

4.2x 3.5x 1.5 cm

 

 

 

 Here is a another unusual American pyromorphite.  This specimen has a number of bright green crystals on matrix, and comes from the closed Hardshell Mine, which arguably has produced Arizona's best pyromorphite to date.

 

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IJP86 Pyromorphite

Ali Cooper Mine,  Louisa Co., Virginia, United States

7.9x 6.1x 4.7 cm

 

 

 

 A very rare cabinet pyromorphite from Virginia.  I have seen specimens from North Carolina before, but this is the only one I have ever seen for sale form Virginia.  Purchased from John Betts.

 

There is pyromorphite on both sides of the specimen.

 

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