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PostPosted: Jan 25, 2016 12:16    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Mica with a twist.


0324 Elbaite.jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite
 Locality:
Gillette Quarry, Haddam Neck, Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 6.3 cm
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A flattened green elbaite crystal embedded in a thin book of muscovite.
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PostPosted: Feb 17, 2016 09:26    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Today I am looking at your rocks while listening to rock-n-roll.
I must not be jealous of your collection...must not...:-)
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PostPosted: Feb 17, 2016 12:19    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Tom Mazanec wrote:
Today I am looking at your rocks while listening to rock-n-roll.
I must not be jealous of your collection...must not...:-)


Hi Tom,

Hope you are enjoying your viewing/listening. I hope to start posting some more of my collection soon; we just returned from Tucson with a few new goodies. By the way, welcome to the Forum.

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PostPosted: Feb 18, 2016 15:34    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

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 Mineral: Quartz variety amethyst
 Locality:
Purple Hope No. 4 claim, Green Ridge, King County, Washington, USA
 Dimensions: 3.2 x 3.9 x 5.3 cm
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Sceptered amethyst collected in summer 2015.
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PostPosted: Feb 19, 2016 13:14    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

There was a new find of Axinite-(Mn) this past year from Canta Province, Peru. Many specimens had a nice green epidote association.


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 Mineral: Axinite
 Locality:
Canta, Canta District, Canta Province, Lima Department, Peru
 Description:
Gemmy brown axinite-(Mn) associated with acicular green epidote crystals. 5.5 x 6.0 cm.
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 Mineral: Axinite-(Mn)
 Locality:
Canta, Canta District, Canta Province, Lima Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 3.1 x 6.2 cm
 Description:
Lustrous brown bladed axinite-(Mn) from the new find in 2015.
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PostPosted: Feb 19, 2016 14:05    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

crosstimber wrote:
Quartz variety amethyst
Purple Hope No. 4 claim, Green Ridge, King County, Washington, USA
Sceptered amethyst collected in summer 2015.

I like that zoned amethyst with its little brother sitting on his shoulder ;-)
Self collected?
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PostPosted: Feb 19, 2016 17:58    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Tobi wrote:
crosstimber wrote:
Quartz variety amethyst
Purple Hope No. 4 claim, Green Ridge, King County, Washington, USA
Sceptered amethyst collected in summer 2015.

I like that zoned amethyst with its little brother sitting on his shoulder ;-)
Self collected?


Thanks for the comment Tobi. No, unfortunately I did not collect the sceptered amethyst. It was collected by Joe George from Cascade Scepters.
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PostPosted: Feb 21, 2016 16:13    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

The southern Illinois fluorspar district has been one focus of my collecting energies for more than 45 years. I was fortunate to find several nice pieces in Tucson to add to this sub-collection and will show some of them in the next few posts.


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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Henson Mine, Illinois-Kentucky Fluorspar Mining District, Pope County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 4.9 x 8.0 x 9.7 cm
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Interconnected zoned light purple fluorite crystals with nice surface texture. Collected circa 1982-83. The Henson Mine was a vein deposit and one of the western-most mines in the district.
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PostPosted: Feb 22, 2016 13:00    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

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2317 Fluorite - Annabel Lee Mine.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Annabel Lee Mine, Bethel level, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 5.0 x 7.1 cm
 Description:
Zoned bright lemon-yellow and light purple fluorite crystals to 4.0 cm on edge with small chalcopyrite crystals included within and on the crystal surfaces.
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PostPosted: Feb 24, 2016 12:35    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

More from the southern Illinois fluorite district. In April/May 1995 a pocket of pink strontianite was found by drill operator Eugene Turner during pillar-robbing. That pocket was considered the best of the pink strontianite pockets in the mine. The following two pieces are examples from that pocket.


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 Mineral: Strontianite
 Locality:
Minerva I Mine, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 6.8 cm
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A combination of pastel pink acicular strontianite and blue fluorite. This piece is notable for its association with fluorite as most specimens were pure strontianite.
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 Mineral: Strontianite
 Locality:
Minerva I Mine, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 4.0 x 4.5 cm
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A floater group of pink acicular strontianite with good form and color.
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PostPosted: Feb 24, 2016 14:47    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

crosstimber wrote:
More from the southern Illinois fluorite district. In April/May 1995 a pocket of pink strontianite was found by drill operator Eugene Turner during pillar-robbing. That pocket was considered the best of the pink strontianite pockets in the mine. The following two pieces are examples from that pocket.



Great pink Strontianite specimens, Michael.

Gwen and I enjoyed seeing you and Laura in Tucson.

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PostPosted: Feb 25, 2016 11:13    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Don Lum wrote:
crosstimber wrote:
More from the southern Illinois fluorite district. In April/May 1995 a pocket of pink strontianite was found by drill operator Eugene Turner during pillar-robbing. That pocket was considered the best of the pink strontianite pockets in the mine. The following two pieces are examples from that pocket.



Great pink Strontianite specimens, Michael.

Gwen and I enjoyed seeing you and Laura in Tucson.

Don


Thank you Don. It was nice to see you and Gwen as well. And, congratulations again on your case.
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PostPosted: Feb 26, 2016 09:20    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

A few more from the S. Illinois fluorite district.


2315 Fluorite.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Minerva I Mine, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 5.2 cm
 Description:
Zoned yellow and purple fluorite with well-developed tetrahexahedral modifications.
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2313 Calcite.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Denton Mine, Goose Creek Mine group, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 cm
 Description:
Honey-colored calcite crystals on a matrix of fluorite and limestone. The smaller crystal is a twin while the larger crystal is untwinned. A classic specimen from advance mining in the Bahama Pod circa 1992-1993.
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PostPosted: Mar 01, 2016 18:09    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

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 Mineral: Anatase
 Locality:
Kharan, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 2.7 x 4.1 cm
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Two blue-black bipyramidal anatase crystals with well-developed pinacoids associated with quartz and albite crystals.
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PostPosted: Mar 02, 2016 11:04    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Mike,

I am really enjoying the new Southern Illinois specimens you have been posting. The strontianites, especially are very beautiful.

A couple of notes:

Many of the recent specimens (I think the majority actually) that you have posted were in the former collection of Les Tolonen. Les has been a staple at many mineral shows in Ohio that I have attended and he has always had a wonderful collection of So. Illinois specimens for sale, many which I now own. He mentioned to me last year that he was planning on retiring from his mineral business (North American Minerals) within the next few years. He sold the majority of his collection to Ross Lillie.

It’s wonderful to know that many of these now have new homes!

The Bahama Pod Ore body has a rather interesting story:

According to Ross, The Bahama Ore Body was discovered by drilling a cross section of diamond drill holes at near right angles to the main Denton Mine trend. The Bahama Ore Body was narrow and relatively small, but rich enough to justify development by driving a drift from operating mine workings. The ore was intersected a few hundred feet to the southeast and affectionately named the Bahama Ore Body since it was south of the main trend and "on the way to the Bahamas". Ore was mined on two separate levels, namely the Rosiclare and Sub-Rosiclare Horizons.

The finest calcites ever found in the district were collected from the Sub-Rosiclare Level. Hundreds of superb glassy orange calcites were found in pockets interconnected by fractures along strike. Single crystals of 30 cm were found in cavities measuring up to 8 meters.

As stated the specimens were mined in the years 1991 to 1993.

Great to see more So. Illinois!
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PostPosted: Mar 02, 2016 15:11    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Jamison Brizendine wrote:
Mike,

I am really enjoying the new Southern Illinois specimens you have been posting. The strontianites, especially are very beautiful.

A couple of notes:

Many of the recent specimens (I think the majority actually) that you have posted were in the former collection of Les Tolonen. Les has been a staple at many mineral shows in Ohio that I have attended and he has always had a wonderful collection of So. Illinois specimens for sale, many which I now own. He mentioned to me last year that he was planning on retiring from his mineral business (North American Minerals) within the next few years. He sold the majority of his collection to Ross Lillie.

It’s wonderful to know that many of these now have new homes!

Great to see more So. Illinois!


Thanks for your comment Jamison. Yes, these last few southern Illinois specimens were once in the collection of Les Tolonen. As you may know Les and his wife June had a store in Copper Harbor, Michigan back in the 1960s. In fact, I purchased a few minerals from him over 50 years ago during a trip out to the Keweenaw. I was happy to see that he sold the remainder of his collection to Ross, as the majority of my S. Illinois suite was acquired from him. His experience in the district and the detailed information on his labels provides a unique and wonderful insight into the mines, locations within the mines, and the paragenesis of the minerals from the district.

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PostPosted: Mar 05, 2016 10:58    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Part of my collecting philosophy includes assembling representative suites of minerals from selected localities. Ever since the Huanggang mines burst onto the scene around 2010, I have been actively pursuing examples from this mineral-rich locale. One of the minerals that was noticeably absent from my Huanggang subcollection was a good scheelite. That mineral was high on my list for this past Tucson Show, and I was very pleased to find the following piece. As an added bonus, it has 5 minerals on the single specimen - scheelite, magnetite, quartz, dolomite, and genthelvite. If you consider the molybdenite inclusions in the scheelite, that makes 6.


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 Mineral: Scheelite
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 6.5 x 8.2 cm.
 Description:
Several dipyramidal white scheelite crystals to 3.0 cm with tiny gray molybdenite inclusions associated with black dodecahedral magnetite crystals, greenish quartz, white dolomite and reddish-brown helvite-genthelvite.
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PostPosted: Mar 05, 2016 12:49    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Hi, Michael!

Very interesting specimen!
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PostPosted: Mar 06, 2016 15:02    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

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 Mineral: Siderite
 Locality:
Kaiwu Mine, Hezhang, Bijie Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China
 Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.1 cm
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Lustrous lenticular siderite crystals with scattered small white dolomite crystals.
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PostPosted: Mar 06, 2016 18:30    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Michael,

Beautiful Siderite and outstanding photography!!!

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