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DescriptionNATIVE SILVER on COPPER: "HALF BREED"
Wolverine Mine, Wolverine, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA
This large "half breed" specimen has a long, well-documented history as it has traversed North America in its journey through many esteemed mineral collections. This specimen resembles a crystallized Native Silver "tree" rising out of a bed of Native Copper. Michigan is the only region in the world that produces these unusual mixed metal specimens. After being extracted from the Wolverine Mine in Michigan it was placed in the Ferrier Collection in the 1880's and then was accessioned in the McGill University's collection (#5996). From there it went to Dr. Don Dole of Montreal who transferred it to Phil Scalisi of Boston, who then sold it in 1976 to Dr. Richard Webster. It is extremely rare for such a specimen to be so well documented. It does have the patina of age, is in excellent condition, and has a custom acrylic base.
Overall Measurements: 8 x 3 x 4 inches (20.3 x 7.6 x 10.2 cm). Offered at no reserve.
Provenance: John Attard, ex. Richard Webster collection, ex. Phil Scalisi collection, ex. Don Dole collection, ex. McGill University collection, ex. Ferrier collection. [Hoppel Catalog # D1523]
[Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]
Condition report available upon request.
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