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    Cerussite on Pyrolusite (?)
    Campbell Shaft, Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA

    "A few small pseudo hexagonal light tan cerussite crystals growing on botryoidal black pyrolusite? I bought this specimen from John Sinkankas. It is pictured in his book Mineralogy for Amateurs."
    - Rock H. Currier

    Cerussite was only encountered in crystals in a few places in the Bisbee mines, chiefly in the 155 Stope, off of the Campbell Shaft, on the 1800' level. All known specimens show the same 'pseudo-hexagonal' form and all tend to be found on a black, botryoidal matrix of undetermined composition, probably a mixed Iron Manganese Oxide mineral. Pyrolusite is a likely candidate but Manganese oxides are notorious for changing structure and character in the X-ray beam used to identify them, and therefore Pyrolusite is only a 'best guess.' It doesn't hurt that this specimen was owned, and pictured, by noted collector and author: John Sinkankas.
    Overall Measurements: 2.2 x 1.4 x 1.2 inches (5.5 x 3.5 x 3.0 cm)
    Offered at no reserve

    Provenance: Ex. John Sinkankas Collection [RHC #851, acquired 1967]
    Publication: Sinkankas, John. Mineralogy for Amateurs. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1964. Chapter 9, p. 376, Fig. 188.

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2019
    26th Monday
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