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Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium
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PostPosted: Sep 08, 2011 20:07    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Sep 08, 2011 20:13    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Sep 08, 2011 20:19    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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Some of the children enjoyed visiting too.
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PostPosted: Sep 08, 2011 20:25    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Sep 08, 2011 20:29    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Sep 08, 2011 20:33    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Sep 09, 2011 06:36    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

Gail, the fellow on DSC_0317.jpg - is this statuette a genuine old one or a modern replica? Do you know where it is from? In Germany's most famous historical mining area Erzgebirge (Saxony) there is a long tradition of building miner figurines, is this one maybe made there?
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PostPosted: Sep 09, 2011 09:02    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

Tobias the piece is a Pewter Statue, Saxony circa 1870. That is what it says on the card we got with it. It was in the Obodda collection, but I don't feel it is particularly old, more that it depicts a miner circa 1870, not that it was made then. the price was quite low, so doubt it is an antique. '
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PostPosted: Sep 09, 2011 09:08    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Sep 09, 2011 09:18    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Sep 09, 2011 09:22    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Sep 09, 2011 09:26    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Sep 09, 2011 09:35    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Sep 09, 2011 09:39    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Sep 09, 2011 09:41    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Sep 09, 2011 11:20    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

I think it is important to view private collections, it gives you a sense of what others enjoy and let's you compare pieces and see how common, or rare, they are.
Jim and I have had the great pleasure of viewing many, many collections and what a great way to get to know others!
I understand there are those that hide their collections away, and that is sad to me, but I know they have a variety of reasons that make sense.
When we invite people into our homes we see what they enjoy and get to talk about our specimens, which keeps us on our toes and reminds us to stay on top of all the mineral names. It also makes me happy to cook for people, wine and dine them and talk with them about their jobs, lives, children and interests.
Mineral people are, in general, very social.
I know Jim and I are!

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PostPosted: Sep 10, 2011 21:23    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

Thank You Gail for posting all these wonderful pictures. I especially enjoyed the mineral pic, but it was fun to see pics of mary and Jim Walker and Irv Brown who I know from my years in Fallbrook. The rest of you, it's nice to see faces to go with the names of so many of you that I've heard of over the years.
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