Species: quartz, hematite
Locality: Cleator Moor, Copeland, Cumbria, England, UK
Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 3 cm.
Cleator Moor in Western England's classic Cumbrian Iron Ore district has been known for superb quartz and hematite specimens for hundreds of years. This is a very fine and historical cabinet-size example from the collection of W.W. Jefferis, prominent 19th century Pennsylvania banker and mineral collector. This would have been acquired by Jefferis in the 1860's or 1870's. The specimen consists of a large 'mound' of lustrous smoky quartz crystals showing the classic stubby habit with an overgrown of lustrous black hematite. The matrix is a large hollow "cast" of 'kidney ore' type hematite; very neat. An excellent old classic is great condition and with very nice aesthetics. Annette Slade photo.