Selected Specimens

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CT778 - Silver on Galena $ 180
Freiberg, Saxony, Germany
small cabinet - 7.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm


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Silver on Galena from Freiberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/CT778a.jpg] Silver on Galena from Freiberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/CT778b.jpg] Silver on Galena from Freiberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/CT778c.jpg] Silver on Galena from Freiberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/CT778d.jpg] Silver on Galena from Freiberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/CT778e.jpg]

Silver wires in various areas of a Galena matrix. Old speciemn that comes with an John Albanese label. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT779 - Copper $ 90
Sant Rita Pit, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA
miniature - 5 x 4 x 3 cm


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Copper from Sant Rita Pit, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/CT779a.jpg] Copper from Sant Rita Pit, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/CT779b.jpg] Copper from Sant Rita Pit, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/CT779c.jpg] Copper from Sant Rita Pit, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/CT779d.jpg] Copper from Sant Rita Pit, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/CT779f.jpg] Copper from Sant Rita Pit, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/CT779g.jpg]

Densly packed clusters of Copper crystals. Specimen is solid Copper with no matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT780 - Quartz with Calcite $ 150
Chihuahua, Mexico
small cabinet - 7 x 5 x 4 cm


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Quartz with Calcite from Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT780a.jpg] Quartz with Calcite from Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT780b.jpg] Quartz with Calcite from Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT780c.jpg] Quartz with Calcite from Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT780f.jpg]

Glassy, flower-like cluster of Quartz crystals on a matrix covered by small Calcite crystals. Highly aesthetic, undamaged specimen. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT802 - Tourmaline $ 6500
Terra Corrida, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 8.3 x 3.2 x 3 cm


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Tourmaline from Terra Corrida, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT802a.jpg] Tourmaline from Terra Corrida, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT802b.jpg] Tourmaline from Terra Corrida, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT802c.jpg] Tourmaline from Terra Corrida, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT802d.jpg]

Large, thick  single Tourmaline crystal from the Terra Corrida claim in Brazil. A tri-colored crystal with an orange/red base, a more transparent bright green center, and vivid pink/red termination. The termination is pyramidal with six faces. This is a big crystal weighing approximately 170 grams (my gram scale only goes to 100 grams so I had to weigh it on my postal scale). Complete all around and undamaged though there is a relatively flat contact or shallow etching on one of bevelled termination faces.


CT844 - McGuinnessite $ 250
Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7 x 5.5 x 1.4 cm


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McGuinnessite from Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT844a.jpg] McGuinnessite from Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT844b.jpg] McGuinnessite from Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT844c.jpg] McGuinnessite from Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT844d.jpg]

Bubbly blue/green McGuinnessite on all sides of matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection. Self collected by Chuck and Al McGuinness in 1982. This was the best McGuinnessite I saw in the collection, and Chuck had it priced at $250.


CT842 - Titanite (pink!) with Melanite $ 450
MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 6 x 1.8 cm


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Titanite (pink!) with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT842a.jpg] Titanite (pink!) with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT842b.jpg] Titanite (pink!) with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT842c.jpg] Titanite (pink!) with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT842d.jpg]

Pink Titanite (Sphene) crystals associated with black Andradite var. Melanite. This is one of only a handful of specimens found decades ago and a true rarity for a California or San Benito Co. collector. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection, collected by Chuck and Al McGuinness in 1984. This was the best pink Titanite I saw in the collection, and Chuck had it priced at $350.


CT848 - Andradite var. Melanite $ 250
Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 9 x 7 x 2.5 cm


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Andradite var. Melanite from Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT848a.jpg] Andradite var. Melanite from Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT848b.jpg] Andradite var. Melanite from Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT848c.jpg]

Black Andradite var. Melanite crystals scattered on matrix. An excellent example with lustrous black crystals to 4mm in size. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection, collected by Chuck, Al McGuinness, and Luis Leite in 1976. One of the best Melanite specimens I saw in the collection.


CT845 - Andradite var. Melanite $ 450
Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 2 cm


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Andradite var. Melanite from Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT845a.jpg] Andradite var. Melanite from Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT845b.jpg] Andradite var. Melanite from Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT845c.jpg] Andradite var. Melanite from Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT845d.jpg]

Black Andradite var. Melanite crystals scattered on matrix. An excellent example with lustrous black crystals, including a large single that stands out off the matrix that is to 9mm in size. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection. Acquired by Chuck in 1992 via trade from Al McGuinness's personal collection (Al had collected or acquired it in 1980). The best Melanite specimen I saw in the collection.


CT807 - Grossular, Augite, Quartz $ 280
Vesper Peak, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA
miniature - 4.2 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm


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Grossular, Augite, Quartz from Vesper Peak, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT807a.jpg] Grossular, Augite, Quartz from Vesper Peak, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT807b.jpg] Grossular, Augite, Quartz from Vesper Peak, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT807c.jpg] Grossular, Augite, Quartz from Vesper Peak, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT807d.jpg]

Gemmy Grossular crystals forming a cluster with Quartz crystals atop Augite crystals. There are addtional Grossular crystals scattered on the matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT808 - Andradite with Scheelite $ 150
Garnet Hill, Calaveras Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Andradite with Scheelite from Garnet Hill, Calaveras Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT808a.jpg] Andradite with Scheelite from Garnet Hill, Calaveras Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT808b.jpg] Andradite with Scheelite from Garnet Hill, Calaveras Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT808c.jpg] Andradite with Scheelite from Garnet Hill, Calaveras Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT808d.jpg]

Clusters of red/orange Andradite crystals with small crystals of attached Scheelite and Epidote. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT801 - Tourmaline with Albite $ 1800
Badakhshan, Afghanistan
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5.5 x 5 cm


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Tourmaline with Albite from Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/CT801a.jpg] Tourmaline with Albite from Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/CT801b.jpg] Tourmaline with Albite from Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/CT801c.jpg] Tourmaline with Albite from Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/CT801d.jpg] Tourmaline with Albite from Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/CT801e.jpg] Tourmaline with Albite from Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/CT801f.jpg]

Multi-colored 5cm Tourmaline crystal set in Albite with Quartz crystals. The Tourmaline is double-terminated with a red cap on the bottom. The rest of the crystal grades from a green core to pink, then a blue cap. The luster is matte due to a last generation of Tourmaline that grew on the surface. INterestingly, the last generation of blue Tourmaline appears to have coated the surface of the Albite which is white underneath but covered in a layer of blue. This was professionally cleaned with one thin fracture sealed. Complete all around and undamaged with amazingly perfect composition.


CT800 - Fluorite $ 400
Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
cabinet - 12 x 12 x 7.5 cm


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Fluorite from Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/CT800a.jpg] Fluorite from Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/CT800b.jpg] Fluorite from Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/CT800c.jpg] Fluorite from Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/CT800d.jpg]

Massive Fluorite specimen composed of cubic crystals to 6.5cm on edge. The Fluorite is purple over yellow cores and has areas of stepped growth and ight etching but no damage.


CT804 - Almandine $ 150
Garnet Hill, Ely, Nevada, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 8 x 3.5 cm


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Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/CT804a.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/CT804b.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/CT804c.jpg]

Well-formed, lustrous and dark-red 1.5 cm Almandine crystal in a vug in Rhyolite matrix. A good sized crystal for the locality. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT803 - Apatite var. Francolite $ 120
Levant Section, Geevor Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall, England
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4.5 x 1.3 cm


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Apatite var. Francolite from Levant Section, Geevor Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/CT803a.jpg] Apatite var. Francolite from Levant Section, Geevor Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/CT803c.jpg] Apatite var. Francolite from Levant Section, Geevor Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/CT803d.jpg]

Old specimen with small hexagonal Apatite var. Francolite on matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection. Comes with an old Sam Weller Minerals label that shows a date of 1987, and it was likely found much earlier than that as mining began here in the late 1700s.

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