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    IMAGES CAPTURED IN STONE: VERY FINE MONTANA MOSS AGATE COLLECTION
    Gravel Bars in the Yellowstone River, Montana


    A select group of Montana Agate cabochons showing various patterns that suggest any number of zoomorphic themes in silhouette. They are from the Zerk Gemstone Collection. Oscar Ulysses Zerk was a major industrialist of his day (circa 1920s - 1950s) who made his fortune through the invention of the "Zerk fitting." He devoted much time and energy into building his private museum collection of minerals and gems. He spent an expansive amount of time in Germany, working with lapidary masters of the day. This collection of Montana Agates came from his fascination with the natural images captured in stone. In this collection you will find flowers, birds in a tree, an erupting volcano, a soaring bird, and trees. The lucky bidder can use them for impromtu Rorschach testing with their friends and colleagues: the possibilities are considerable. All are in pristine condition with good polish and well-executed beveling. Bear Canyon is an educated guess as to the locality, but since these are older cabochons they could be from localities long defunct. The measurements range from 20.1 mm for the smallest to 36.5 mm for the largest.
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Ex. Zerk Gemstone Collection.


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    Auction Dates
    September, 2014
    28th Sunday
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