Here is a very rare thumbnail specimen of native silver from the long-closed Kings Mine at Kongsberg, Norway. If you collect thumbnails, and don't want to spend $20,000 or more for a small cabinet or cabinet size specimen, this could be a good choice for your collection. It is a highly aesthetic silver specimen, consisting of a twisted rope made up of thin wires with twisty curls that splits into 2 wires at one end. If it were straight, it would be over 1" long. The surface has a wonderful dark patina which has not been disturbed. This is a highly aesthetic specimen from this most beloved old European classic silver locality.
Here's a fine specimen of WIRE SILVER from the Kongens Mine (King's Mine) in Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway. Silver specimens from Kongsberg are arguably the most highly sought after mineral specimens in the world. I found this exceptional thumbnail specimen at the Denver Gem, Rock and Mineral Show in the hotel room of a noted dealer who was showing about 6 flats of specimens (he was not officially set up). This was definitely the find of the day!
The 80 silver mines near Kongsberg are the largest mining district in Norway. With over 4,000 miners in the 1770's, it was Norway's largest pre-industrial workplace. During it's 335 year history, it supplied over 10% of the GNP of the Danish-Norwegian union. Kongsberg silver was discovered in 1623 by two small shepherd children on Gruveåsen hill. The story goes that an ox scraped some rocks, and they saw a shiny stone, which they brought home and showed their father. Recognizing it as silver, he melted it down and tried to sell it. He was arrested and given a choice: tell the police where he had found it, or be sentenced to hard labor. He told them where it was found, which led to the founding of the town of Kongsberg in 1624. The silver mines, which are actually 8 kilometers west of Kongsberg, reached a depth of 1,070 meters. The mines
||0.9" x 0.7" x 0.1"
||A thumbnail box comes free with this specimen