Mineral Specimens.....Herkimer Diamond Scepters For Sale

 

    This mineral specimens is perhaps one of the best examples of a branching Herkimer diamond scepter crystal ever found at the Little Falls, New York/ Treasure Mountain site.  Now in the New York State Museum.   

     

                                                                            The above examples are all Herkimer Diamond Scepters from the Treasure Mountain Mine

 

Herkimer Diamond Scepters Treasure Mountain, Little Falls, NY.   Three summers of field collecting Herkimer diamond scepters allowed me access to some of the best specimens to ever be found at Treasure Mountain. Having spent those summers swinging a 20 pound sledge hammer has brought me to the reality of how rare these pieces are.  To say these specimens are rare is an understatement.  We have recovered approximately 2,200 pockets in our professional work and less than 20 had scepters within them.  Only two of those pockets had exceptional specimens which are photographed above (now in the New York State Museum).

Rocks and Minerals Magazine did a great job of showing us some very nice specimens.  If you or someone you know are in the market for a rare and attractive piece, one of these could be the best investments you ever make.  They are expensive for their size but they are impressive when seen in person.  Great examples from this locale are almost never available for purchase due to their rarity.  My photography will not do justice to any of these fine pieces.

Check out other sites or dealers that carry Herkimer Diamond Scepters (there are only a couple) and you will find the largest selection here.  Please keep in mind that just because we have a healthy number of these specimens to offer, it doesn't mean that we, or for that matter anyone, has great numbers of these.  I have spent years intensively searching out specimens.  They have been acquired mostly from my contacts with other field collectors, commercial purchases from the Treasure Mountain operation when they were mining, and some have been purchased from private collections.  This site has now been closed to the public for several years and there is no indication that it will be opening in the future.   Don't forget to check out the  Article  on this site published in Rock and Gem Magazine.  Also, a Field Collecting Review can be found on this site which overviews our collecting efforts.

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OKN-572

FIGURED SPECIMEN

OKN-572     Herkimer Diamond Scepter      Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  FIGURED SPECIMEN in Collector’s Guide to Herkimer Diamonds, p. 51, Figure 33, 2014, Schiffer Publishing Company.  Collected by Paul Nuckols.  Some might call this a reverse scepter because the cap taper down (becomes smaller toward the termination).  I just believe it is a scepter with riders that get smaller toward the terminal end of the crystal.  In any case it is unusual and of that elite size that is now so very difficult to acquire (these were actually always rare in this size and quality). Closed locality.  5.6 x 3 x 2.3 cm overall.  A dark 3 cm long stem is covered from one view and visible in another.  Once matrix attached, now mostly healed second termination.  Good clarity to cap and all the riders this piece is better in hand than in any image I can take of it.  No damage.  Probably never repaired but I cannot say this for sure.  Comes with custom engraved acrylic base.  Fantastic piece.  $3,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-573

FIGURED SPECIMEN

OKN-573     Herkimer Diamond Scepter      Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  FIGURED SPECIMEN in Collector’s Guide to Herkimer Diamonds, p. 34, Figure 54, 2014, Schiffer Publishing Company.  Collected by Paul Nuckols.  Another great, large specimen of these rare scepters.  This one measures 6.1 x 3 x 2.5 cm overall.  It has a very clear, combination cap in parallel growth that manifests itself with three terminations.  The only damage is a micro ding on the backside of one of these terminations.  Very minor skeletal growth, a thick and tapering stem of a deep black color and exceptional luster all make this a more desirable piece.  Fantastic in-hand.  Floater.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  Really uncommon and exceptional for the location.  $2,400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-569

FIGURED SPECIMEN

OKN-569     Herkimer Diamond Scepter      Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  FIGURED SPECIMEN in Collector’s Guide to Herkimer Diamonds, p. 51, Figure 33, 2014, Schiffer Publishing Company.  Collected by Paul Nuckols.  Large, 6.5 x 3.5 x 3 cm example of classic form (for the locale).  Rich, black 1.3 cm wide by 3.5 cm long stem partially surrounded by two well developed rider crystals.  Double terminated, floater with no damage.  This size, quality, and closed location make specimens like this one extremely uncommon.  Just try and find another one this good for sale anywhere, and this one is even figured!  Further… it is NOT repaired as almost all Herkimer diamond scepters or clusters are.  I really hate to give it up.  Even comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  This is actually a rather low price for the specimen.  Someone will cherish this piece for years to come.  $4,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-478

OKN-478       Quartz Scepter      Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter.  2.7 x 1.7 x 1.6 cm short stemmed scepter.  Partially skeletal on approximately 50% of the faces.  Minor anthaxolite inclusions.  Damage free.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-479

OKN-479       Quartz     Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter.  A fine internal shaft scepter that is a double terminated floater measuring 3.6 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm.  Zero damage, very nice.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-480

OKN-480       Quartz Scepter      Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter.  A very fine black stem and an exceptionally clear cap.  Also, a large double terminated rider!  3.5 x 2 x 1.4 cm.  Some faces slightly skeletal.  This is about as nice as they get in this size range… great aesthetics from any angle, no damage, rare!  $350

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-482

OKN-482       Quartz Scepter      Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter.  A short, stocky, black stemmed scepter with nice aesthetics.  2.2 x 1.6 x 1.3 cm.  No damage.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-483

OKN-483       Quartz Scepter      Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter.  A large cap with some stepped growth, some skeletal form and some attached anthraxolite measuring 3.6 x 3 x 2.2 cm.  The stem is a rich black color and the it measures 1.8 cm long.  Very nice, damage free example.  $120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-489

OKN-489       Quartz Scepter      Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter.  2 x .9 x .9 cm single point with a thick black stem and clear, narrow cap.  No damage.  Minor quartz attachment at base of stem.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-502

OKN-502      Quartz Scepter    Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Paul Nuckles, 2001.  4 x 3.1 x 2.4 cm specimen that barely fits in a perky box.  Big, thick, stock, black stem surrounded by skeletal clear crystal growth.  All the “clear” crystals would be considered riders as the stem comes to a termination without a cap.  Minor contact on base only.  No damage.  A substantial example $375

 

 

 

                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

OKN-504

OKN-504      Quartz Scepter    Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Tim Turco July/ August 2000.  A fine 3 x 1.3 x 1.2 cm scepter with very clear riders and cap and dark black, well defined stem.  Double terminated with a small contact area on one termination.  No damage.  $125

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-505

OKN-505      Quartz Scepter    Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Tim Turco July/ August 2000.  A fine 3.8 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm scepter with very clear cap and dark black, well defined stem both internally and externally.  Double terminated (floater) with one end showing a dark black crystal “branch coming out at an angle to scepter stem.  No damage.  $300

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-506

Base

OKN-506      Quartz Scepter    Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter.  A big thick 3.9 x 2.7 x 2.6 cm scepter with a rich black double terminated stem.  Tip ding is evident otherwise a nice example of this uncommon material.   $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-492

OKN-492       Quartz Scepter     Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter.  This specimen is exceptional for form and aesthetics.  A competition level TN for sure!!  2.7 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm, floater (terminated everywhere), dark stem, dumbbell (or barbell) form, small rider crystal, no damage, slightly skeletal…wow.  This will fit in a completion block (1” x 1”) with just a slight lean backwards, which also provides a better view of the scepter.   $300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-650

OKK-650    Herkimer Diamond (with internal shaft scepter)  and Calcite    Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter New York State collection.  Collected by Michael Walter, 2002.   A very unique piece with well defined skeletal growth on one face.  Inside the skeletal opening is calcite, growing in very back of opening, near center of the  crystal.  On the backside the is a noticeable hydrocarbon included scepter stem embedded (overgrow) by later stages of quartz.  On small chip on back so it displays beautifully from all views and is really special "in-hand".  Large for the locality measuring in at 6.7 x 4.2 x 4 cm overall.  A fantastic piece for the price.  $380

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-585

OKK-585     Quartz Scepters      Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter New York State Collection.  This is a 22 x17 cm Richer mount box with 35 nice scepters from 1.2 to 4 cm each.  They are all very nice with little to no damage.  I'd say almost all are pristine, damage free.  Lots of diversity in the grouping.  I will not split up the group.  $875

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-194

OKI-194    Herkimer Diamond Scepter     Treasure Mt. Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter , 2002.  Classic form (which is rather rare at this locale) and nice black anthraxolite included stem on this fine thumbnail specimen.  The piece measures 2.7 cm.  It is skeletal on several faces, double terminated with only a tiny basal attachment and has tiny dolomite rhombs attached on its backside.  There is a tiny backside tip ding but it is not distracting from the front and side views.  Good example and price….80$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-195

OKI-195    Herkimer Diamond Scepter     Treasure Mt. Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter , 2002.  Classic form (which is rather rare at this locale) and nice black anthraxolite included stem on this fine thumbnail specimen.  The piece measures 3 cm.  It is skeletal on several faces, single terminated and has tiny dolomite rhombs attached on one side of its stem.  There is a micro tip ding which is tough to notice form any view.  It blends in with the skeletal development so is virtually undetectable under normal inspection  It is not distracting from any view.  Fine example and price….110$

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-775

OKD-775     Herkimer Diamond Scepter    Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  This piece is a 4.1 cm dumbbell, floater which has most of its stem overgrown by clear quartz, riders and small calcite crystals.  Slightly skeletal faces.  Numerous spotty anthraxolite inclusions.  Great form with absolutely no damage.  260$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-778

OKD-778    Herkimer Diamond Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.   2.8 cm classic scepter.  This is a fine example of what a perfect Herk. scepter should look like.  Basic and clean with a dark stem and exceptionally clear cap.  Minor contact on the tail of the specimen, otherwise a floater.  A fine value for those who like perfection.  150$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-779

OKD-779    Herkimer Diamond Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  This one is a very nice single terminated scepter with a large, parallel growth cap.  The stem is jet black and well exposed.  A very tiny amount of skeletal growth to a couple faces and minor anthraxolite inclusions.  At 3.5 cm and with no damage it is a steal at 190$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-783

OKD-783    Herkimer Diamond Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  This specimen is a fine scepter cluster with very clear caps and fine black stems which are now encased internally.  It measures 4.5 cm.  The piece is a damage free floater with great aesthetics.  Very minor, almost unnoticeable, skeletal development to a couple of faces.  A fine piece.  480$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-784

OKD-784    Herkimer Diamond Dumbbell Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  This is a one of a kind specimen….it is a dumbbell which I repaired under the guidance of mine manager, Chris Phetteplace.  He found this in a pocket but was unable to keep it assembled.  When you see it you will understand why.  It has a piece of anthraxolite in between the two parts of the crystal which separated the two halves entirely.  The caps and riders are very clear yet highly skeletal.  The stem is deep black and very well exposed for over 3 cm in the base.  It measures 6.5 cm overall and is damage free.  Please note:  I will not mail this specimen!  It must be picked up form me in person at a show or here at my home.  I do not trust this one to be handled by the Postal Service.  It is stable but would be impossible to repair if damaged.    A great and unusual specimen.  625$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-785

OKD-785    Herkimer Diamond Dumbbell Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  This one is a fine, dark floater of 3.1 cm in length.  The stem is now internal within beautiful clear quartz caps and riders.  Damage free and attractive.  130$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-786

OKD-786    Herkimer Diamond Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  What a beauty!  A rich black stem mounted by a gem clear cap and a several riders.  This is a tiny yet wonderfully formed, double terminated piece.  It measures 2.5 cm and has no damage.  Great thumbnail specimen.  170$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-789

OKD-789    Herkimer Diamond Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  This piece is a 4 cm scepter with classic form.  There is matrix contact on one edge of the stem and a tiny tip ding.  Great black stem and about half the faces are slightly skeletal.  200$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-790

OKD-790    Herkimer Diamond Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  A fine scepter cluster which is encased in a pair of large, tabular calcites.  On its side it looks like a small bird.  It measures 4.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm and has lots of anthraxolite on its surfaces and in its interior.  Very aesthetic.  A complete floater which is very rare for calcites from this location.  500$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-791

OKD-791    Herkimer Diamond Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  This one is a 4.6 cm double terminated crystal with several contacts/ chips midway up its stem.  It is not distracting damage but does reflect on its price.  Still a nice specimen with very clear quartz coating the black anthraxolite included center.  120$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-792

OKD-792    Herkimer Diamond Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  A very nice 3.6 cm single terminated scepter with exceptionally clear cap and riders.  It has a chip to the rider on the back but has excellent views from the front and sides which are damage free.  Minor dolomite crystals at base where the crystal was once on matrix.  An attractive piece.  250$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-793

OKD-793    Herkimer Diamond Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  This odd piece has tiny, multiple branching stems and a single huge cap.  There are a couple small blowouts from enhydros and a large contact from another crystal but it still displays very well.  This aside, it is still a rare specimen which measures 5.4 cm.  275$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-794

OKD-794    Herkimer Diamond Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  2.7 cm, double terminated example which has classic scepter form.  Its stem is jet black and the cap clear with moderate internal fracturing.  Minor skeletal growth, one large face being more obvious than others.  A cute specimen with zero damage.  135$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-796

OKD-796    Herkimer Diamond Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  This one is a fine example of an internal shaft scepter (stem is totally overgrown by clear quartz) which measures 5.4 cm.  The stem has been reattached otherwise there is no damage.  Rather clear piece with minor skeletal growth.  195$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-797

OKD-797    Herkimer Diamond Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  This is a fine internal shaft scepter (stem is totally overgrown by clear quartz) which was once a small branching dumbbell.  You can clearly see the overgrown crystal form below the clear quartz.  This is a sharp little 3.3 cm crystal with zero damage and an easy to handle price…  80$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-798

OKD-798    Herkimer Diamond Scepter   Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, New York.  Here is a small branching scepter with a water clear cap.  Single termination other end has matrix contact.  Nice scepter.  2.4 cm.  60$

 

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