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    NATIVE SILVER ON PYRARGYRITE
    Bulldog Mountain Mine, Creede District, Mineral Co., Colorado, USA
    Historically, as well as economically speaking, mining put the state of Colorado on the map. That the mining history of Colorado has been largely marginalized by other, more recent developments, still can't erase the important role played by this vital activity. Hundreds of mines produced a steady stream of precious metals that fueled the settlement of the West and purchased expensive baubles such as the Hope Diamond for wealthy Eastern socialites. This rarely seen relic from that boom period is one of the few remaining examples of the highest grade Silver ore mined in Colorado during those times. It is a sizable, 3-dimensional mass of black Pyrargyrite (Silver Antimony Sulfide) shot through with literally thousands of small, shining Silver "wires". Railroad carloads of this fabulously rich ore were sent to the smelters and almost none were saved for future generations to marvel over. This survivor of those boom years was mined before the turn of the century (1900) in Creede, Colorado - now only a small mountain resort town of vegan cafes and rubber tomahawk vendors. It is almost impossible to find large examples of this material today. From the noted Robert Hauck collection, it measures 4¼ long x 3 1/8 wide x 1½ thick

    Provenance: ex. Robert Hauck Collection




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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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