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Calcite, attr. Fairbairn Mine, Minerva Oil Company, Pope County, Southern Illinois medium cabinet 7.5 x 13 x 15 cm $450. Online 3/18. SOLD.


  • $ 45000

Mounded group of spear-point, light brown, lustrous calcite with massive vein-type calcite matrix. Condition: excellent. Provenance: Jim DuFoe Collection #84; sold to Charles Noll ca. 1970s (Noll #CN2450); donated to Marquette University; brokered by Seaman Museum; sold to Ross Lillie at Tucson show 2016. Excellent sharp group of crystals from a rare location. Entered into Ross C. Lillie database as RCL2569. Database notes: Attribution: shiny divergent sprays and groups of light brown, spear-point scalenohedrons; massive white, vein-type calcite matrix; episodic nature of calcite deposition; personal communication with Ward Palmer of Palmer's Trading Post who was familiar with Fairbairn Mine and sold similar specimens to me ca. 1980 (RCL) all point to this location.