5" GrassGreen PYROMORPHITE Crystals onWhiteQuartz Loudville MA R&M 3/01 for sale

  • $425.00$850.00
  • Mineral: Pyromorphite
  • Product Code: EB0413PLOUD4
  • Availability: In Stock

PYROMORPHITE has become a hot item this year, with the arrival of lots of Chinese material. But this one is American born & bred, with a fascinating history. It comes from the Manhan River Lead Mine in Loudville, Easthampton, Massachusetts. My collecting partner Dick Holmes and I found this specimen at Loudville in August, 1999. It was part of a large boulder of the finest pyromorphite ever recovered there. We concluded that the boulder was probably mined in the late 1600's during the earliest mining at a locality that later produced lead for bullets for George Washington's army in the Revolutionary War! I wrote up the incredible story of this find and the subsequent events in the March 2000 issue of Rocks & Minerals magazine (you can also read the full article at our web site - follow this link to our eBay "About Me" page for the link). The story culminates with the placing of the largest chunk of the boulder in the Harvard Mineralogical Museum in Cambridge MA, where it is now on display.

Location Massachusetts, USA
Size 5.0" x 3.5" x 2.3"
Suggested Stand A suitable display stand comes free with this specimen