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EXTRAORDINARY C 1856 Native Copper Crystal COPPER FALLS MINE, MICHIGAN Ex Obodda


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   Native Copper with AnalcimeCopper Falls Mine, Copper Falls, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, USA10.5cm x 8.4cm x 5.7cmEx. Herb Obodda Collection No. 2328circa 1856       
Description/Interesting Notes: An amazing, 19th century example of native copper from this historic Michigan locale!!!  Let me start off by saying that this specimen is way, WAY better than the pics show - it is very finely crystallized with sharp, lustrous faces and is dramaticall...y more three dimensional than the pics show!!!  Although it was difficult to capture in the pics, this specimen hosts several crytal-lined tunnels and broad vugs that make for a stunning display in person!!!  This is one of my favorite coppers that I have ever auctioned and one that, if I had a collection, I would be keeping!!!  This specimen is from the personal collection of noted collector Herb Obodda and retains its original collection label in addition to a very detailed, circa 1856 label!!!  The 1856 label contains a lot of information although I have not been able to discern or research any of it - there is a second, smaller, folded paper that corresponds to the label that has a few tiny grains of (?) in it a well!!!  This specimen dates to the early days of this historic Michigan locale and is a magnificent piece of history as well!!!  Again, this one is a killer in person - very unique and showy with sharp, lustrous faces and a gorgeous patina!!!  There are some small crystals of analcime in association as well!!!  This specimen is in magnificent condition all around with sharp, crystallization on almost every surface, all around!!!  The main display angle looks like a turkey with crystalline plumage!!!  This impressive, cabinet-sized, historic beauty is stunning in person!!!The pics hardly do it justice!!!  Must be seen in person to be fully appreciated!!!Good luck and be sure to check out my other exciting mineral auctions on ebay!!! 
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