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Mineral Specimen #4454    Strontianite with Cinnabar

Drensteinfurt, Munsterland, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

9.5 x 8.9 x 3.8 cm


Ex. A. E. Foote, Ex. Robert Gannon, Early 1800s

Essentially, this is an ore sample; however, it is from a mine that was only active during the early 1800s. There is an old Foote label attached with just enough intact that it was possible to trace down the species and location. Of interest are the bright red spots which are presumably Cinnabar. This assumption is based on the appearance and color and the fact that there are nearby mines where Cinnabar is found. On mindat, only Strontianite is listed; however, of the two pictures posted for the location, one has small, distinct red spots. The specimen does fluoresce under both LW and SW, but not remarkably so. The specimen could some cleaning, but that would seem to endanger what is left of the Foote label.


Flaws: Much bruised.

This mineral is also found in the following galleries: Minerals From Europe | Sulfates | Sulfides and Sulfosalts | Fluorescents | Minerals Priced Between 50 and 99 Dollars