Egremont, Copeland, Cumbria, England, UK
This is a fine, old-time classic English Calcite in very good condition, and one can see why these jewels were so valued by the nobility of England and abroad in the 1800s for their textbook perfection and clarity. This excellent, elongated plate is richly covered with glassy, colorless, modified scalenohedral Calcite crystals to 3.3 cm, and they are of high quality. The water-clear Calcite crystals project at many different angles, providing a dramatic, three-dimensional effect. The crystals are so transparent that the underlying red-brown Hematite-rich matrix can be seen through the crystals. The random orientation of the Calcites, along with their numerous crystal faces, results in any incident light providing sparkle to the piece in any lighting. This is not a more standard flat and dull plate. Calcites on Hematite-Goethite-rich matrix from Egremont, England, are highly sought-after and very difficult to obtain. These date to the mid to late 1800s. This carries a very old label from Dr. Otto Kuntze (1867-1908) and the Museum of Geology of the University of Pennsylvania (number 2130). It was purchased from renowned English dealer Lindsay Greenbank. The specimen sits flat for easy display without the need for a base.
Measurements: 4.06 x 2.76 x 2.24 inches (10.30 x 7.00 x 5.70 cm)
Provenance: The Collection of a Southern Gentleman, Ex. Lindsay Greenbank, Ex. Museum of Geology of the University of Pennsylvania (#2130), Ex. Otto Kuntze Collection
Estimated Gallery Pricing: $5,000
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