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    MILLERITE
    Milwaukee Cement Quarry, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin, USA

    Nature is truly a mysterious and wonderful thing. The element Nickel is not exactly the kind of thing one would expect to find in a cement quarry, even if it is in Wisconsin. But Nature will not be denied, if it at all possible then, somewhere, somehow it will appear. In this case the brassy, hair-like needles of Millerite decided to form inside a Calcite lined geode. There is an associated dark and crystalline mineral - presumably the Sphalerite. The longest of the Millerite needles is approximately .75 inch (1.8 cm) in length and there are a couple of sprays of the hairy stuff on conspicuous display inside this broken half of the geode. Evidently, it was part of the Milwaukee Public Museum as of 1933, but no accession number or label has accompanied this fine specimen.
    Overall measurements: 2 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches (5.1 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm).

    Provenance: Western Minerals [Hoppel # D0485]


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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