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    NATIVE SILVER WIRE
    Ducat Mine (Dukat Mine), Ducat Ore Field, Omsukchan, Ducat District, Kolyma River Basin, Magadanskaya Oblast', Far-Eastern Region, Russia
    Collected by the company mining engineer during the early 1980's, this sinuous Native Silver wire is very significant, both for the locality - the Ducat Mine in the remote Kolyma River Basin - as well as for it size and perfection. It is very unusual to see wire Silver from this location; most wire Silvers from this part of the world are from Kazakhstan. If straightened out, the wire would stretch 5 ¾ inches. As it is, the curving form towers over the matrix. The matrix itself is interesting because it is composed of Quartz with an atypical sprinkling of Copper minerals that appear to be Chrysocolla. In addition to the main wire, there are a number of subsidiary wires poking out of the pyramidal matrix giving the piece an extra bit of visual complexity. Condition is excellent. Overall measurements are: 5 inches high by 1 ½ inches wide. The wire is 3/8 inch in diameter where it emerges from the matrix. A custom base is included.


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    17th Sunday
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