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    VARISCITE
    Little Green Monster Mine, Clay Canyon, Fairfield, Oquirrh Mts, Utah Co., Utah, USA

    That the Variscite from Fairfield, Utah forms as concretionary growths is evident from the concentric banding shown in most of the known specimens. Nowhere is that concretionary growth habit better demonstrated than in this small, but beautiful miniature, showing a nodular 'kernel' of pale, mint green Variscite, partially surrounded by a tan, gray and white shell of associated phosphate minerals, some of which are only rarely encountered in mineral specimens. That it was part of a complete nodule broken open to expose the green core is self-evident, based on the sharp edges of the fractured shell. What is not evident is its pedigree: it was found by renowned field collectors Ed Over and Arthur Montgomery when the two of them established the Little Green Monster Mine (circa 1936-1940). They were the first to bring the nodules to the collector market and these colorful specimens were highly coveted in the day but unfortunately major production ceased in 1940. The locality hasn't produced in years, so examples appear on the market only when collections are dispersed. This specimen was passed by Arthur Montgomery to Schortmann Minerals and then onto Carl Bentley. Condition of this cute little specimen is excellent with the only breakage being shown by the enclosing shell. Overall Measurements: 1.33 x 1.33 x 0.55 inches (3.39 x 3.38 x 1.39 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Ex. Carl Bentley Collection, ex. Schortmann Minerals, from the original Edwin Over/Arthur Montgomery discovery


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    Auction Dates
    September, 2014
    28th Sunday
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