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Mineralogical Museum: University of Copenhagen - KONGSBERG!!!
  
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PostPosted: Jun 24, 2012 19:01    Post subject: Mineralogical Museum: University of Copenhagen - KONGSBERG!!!  

Allison and I had a nice treat last week (actually we had several including spending a delightful weekend with Peter, Nadia and David Lyckberg in Luxembourg. Congrats to David, he got into the auto-design college he most wanted to go to!)... we got to spend a few hours at the Unviersity of Copenhagen Geological and Mineralogical Museum. I had not been there since before becoming a serious collector and was pleased that my feeble recollections of them having nice things were real. I will post more later, but let me start with the Kongsbergs! Denmark ruled Kongsberg during much of the time the mines were in major production, so they've got some real killers. The best are in a single exhibit case (see below) but others are sprinkled throughout the cases in the systematic collection. Yes folks, there are still a few real systematic collections left in the world's museums and they told me that this one will be reconstructed almost verbatim in their new facility! Good on 'em if they pull this off.

Enough ranting...here are some serious silvers. i saved the best for last



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 Description:
Iron Meteorite
Greenland
small volkswagen
Huge meteorite parked in front of the otherwise unassuming entrance to this amazing museum
 Viewed:  17723 Time(s)

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 Description:
Silver...mostly
Kongsberg, Norway
major Kongsberg case. This gives a good idea of the scale of the larger specimens
 Viewed:  17709 Time(s)

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 Description:
silver
Kongsberg
12 cm across
Massive ramshorn in the native elements case
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 Description:
silver
Kongsberg
nearly 20 cm across
massive leaf and dendrite silver
 Viewed:  17710 Time(s)

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 Description:
silver
kongsberg
8 cm
Sleeping bat in native silver
 Viewed:  17695 Time(s)

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 Description:
silver
Kongsberg
10 cm
Tangle of silver wires
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 Description:
silver
Kongsberg
16 cm
Gorgeous rootlike tangle of coarse silver wires
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 Description:
Silver
Kongsberg
10 cm
Gordian Knot of silver wires
 Viewed:  17783 Time(s)

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 Description:
silver
Kongsberg
5cm
Nice group of small silver crystals...again in the native elements case
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 Description:
acanthite ps argentite on quartz
Kongsberg
4 cm
Nice group of acanthite pseudos after argentite on quartz. Could alomsot pass for Fresnillo!
 Viewed:  17683 Time(s)

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 Description:
fluorite
Kongsberg
12 cm
Huge bicolor fluorite in main Kongsberg case
 Viewed:  17749 Time(s)

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 Description:
fluorite
Kongsberg
7 cm
Gorgeous intense green bicolor fluorite in the halides case
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 Description:
silver
Kongsberg
14 cm
Robert Frost's "slung birch" silver wire
 Viewed:  17703 Time(s)

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 Description:
silver
Kongberg
20 cm!
Massive silver rope...easily the piece de resistance of the collection!
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PostPosted: Jun 24, 2012 20:08    Post subject: Re: Mineralogical Museum: University of Copenhagen KONGSBERG!!!  

Thank you for these great pictures.

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PostPosted: Jun 24, 2012 20:18    Post subject: Re: Mineralogical Museum: University of Copenhagen KONGSBERG!!!  

Absolutely gorgeous silver specimens, thanks for posting them Peter.
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PostPosted: Jun 24, 2012 21:43    Post subject: Re: Mineralogical Museum: University of Copenhagen KONGSBERG!!!  

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PostPosted: Jan 13, 2013 15:45    Post subject: Re: Mineralogical Museum: University of Copenhagen - KONGSBERG!!!  

I visited the museum on Friday - very quickly as I had to head to a meeting - but can add a few more photos of non-silver specimens from areas that interest me.

Sorry about the reflections but it is very hard to avoid some. As usual with specimens behind glass the dimensions are estimates. I have also added information on localities when I think I know a bit more than the label says



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 Description:
Cinnabar
Almaden, Spain
6 cm x 6cm
 Viewed:  16438 Time(s)

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 Description:
Bournonite
Herodsfoot Mine, Cornwall, England
15cm x 20cm
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Copenhagen 016 Rotherhope Fell mine.JPG
 Description:
Flourite
Rotherhope fell mine, Alston Moor, Cumbria
15cm x 15cm
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 Description:
Haematite (Alpen Rose)
St Gotthard, Switzerland
30cm x 15cm
(The reflections really got me this time)
 Viewed:  16451 Time(s)

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Copenhagen 023.JPG
 Description:
Siderite, Quartz
Cornwall, England
12cm x 12cm
 Viewed:  16448 Time(s)

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Copenhagen 001.JPG
 Description:
Fluorite
Weardale, Durham, England
60cm x 20cm
 Viewed:  16456 Time(s)

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Copenhagen 005.JPG
 Description:
Silver
Kongsberg, Norway
30cm x 20cm
Couldn't resist another photo
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PostPosted: Jan 13, 2013 22:40    Post subject: Re: Mineralogical Museum: University of Copenhagen - KONGSBERG!!!  

Hello Peter,

Thank you for the great pictures. My wife and I were in Copenhagen last August and were on our way to the Matisse Exhibit at the National Gallery and stumbled upon this museum about 15 minutes after closing time. It closes in the early afternoon.

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PostPosted: Jan 15, 2013 08:02    Post subject: Re: Mineralogical Museum: University of Copenhagen - KONGSBERG!!!  

Hello,

the Kopenhagen museum is definitely worth visiting. An excellent range of old classics in an "olde-worlde" atmosphere. Not only for those who love Kongsberg silver...

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PostPosted: Jan 15, 2013 08:59    Post subject: Re: Mineralogical Museum: University of Copenhagen - KONGSBERG!!!  

Indeed...the Greenland Suite is also remarkable
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