Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mountains, LaPaz County, Arizona
    In the 1870's, miners searching for the next silver lode in this remote area of the lower Sonoran Desert found a deposit that promised dependable although modest returns. During their mining operations, they frequently ran across red-orange blades of wulfenite: the molybdate of lead. As a lead ore it went to the mill along with everything else. In 1938, legendary mineral collector and dealer Ed Over paid a visit to the mine. While there he extracted the contents of a cavity in the mine that was filled with these bright, glassy red-orange crystals. Specimens from this find are represented in a number of major museums: Harvard for one. Many collectors have braved the local climate (120+ degrees in the shade) for a chance to repeat Over's success. Some were reasonably successful as this fiery orange example proves. Most were not. This matrix specimen is an excellent representative of the type. It features one major and four minor crystals on a typical piece of Red Cloud host rock. The largest crystal is ¾ of an inch by 5/8 of an inch. There are some 'contact' surfaces on the back of the main crystal but these are hidden on the opposite side from the viewer. There have been some repairs to some of the crystals near the base. There are a few nicks to some minor crystals but again, they are on the back side from the best viewing angle. The wulfenite has excellent luster and outstanding color with no brown overtones. The specimen measures 2 ½ inches wide by 2 ½ inches high and 1 ¼ inches deep.

    Estimate: $6,000 - $7,000.

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    June, 2008
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