Tsumeb Gallery... Cerussite

 

Mineral Specimens For Sale From the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa

 

     

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The finest cerussite specimens known come from the Tsumeb mine.  Fine reticulated masses to 30 cm are known, mostly in  museums, and examples to 10 or more cm can still be found on today's market as they get recycled from old collections.  Once common on the market, these specimens are now exotic and rare in fine examples.  Specimens exceeding 15 or 20 cm are very rare because they could not fit in the miner's lunchboxes.  They were also fragile specimens so undamaged examples are uncommon. 

 

 

 

 

OKM-995

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OKM-995     Cerussite   Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.   Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A fine, complex twin from this historic site...not uncommon material but this one is more interesting than most.  Using 10x I find one branch cleaved off but no other damage.  A really interesting matrix specimen measuring 5.5 x 4.3 x 3.2 cm.  $600

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-659

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OKN-659      Cerussite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.  Several beautiful reticulated twins sit up high on this smithsonite coated matrix.  Great display characteristics.  Sawn flat base.  Only damage is on back to an inside edge of one crystal. Difficult to find (AND it is on the back).  Not even visible in backside photograph.  This is in excellent condition, obviously and the crystals stand up high off the matrix as one would like.  7.6 x 4.6 x 4.4 cm overall with crystals to 3 cm each.  Really nice example from a desired location.  $1,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-109

OKN-109     Cerussite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  4.4 x 3 x .9 cm specimen is a partial crystal... the edge of a reticulated twinned crystal.  Edge contact with no central damage.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-108

OKN-108   Cerussite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A fine snowflake formed cerussite crystal with a second crystal on its side.  Minor matrix on back and chipping at base.  The piece is damage free around the entire perimeter and the body of crystal.  Really good condition for one of these.  4.4 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm.  An excellent miniature.  $400

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-106

OKN-106    Cerussite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A large, ragged looking "V" twin.  Good luster and transparency but dirty looking in areas.  There is considerable chipping/ breakage at terminations. 6.3 x 4 x 3.6 cm.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-938

OKN-938    Cerussite   Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  A reticulated twin that is double terminated and measures 4.3 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm.  Transparent in areas but mostly nicely translucent.  Minor chipping on top/ back.  Nice condition overall with no distracting problems.  $350

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-953

OKN-953    Cerussite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  5.5 x 3.6 x 3.5 cm reticulated twin.  Base shows some contact and chipping. Only really tiny chip or two on upper display surfaces.  Clear crystals with sandy areas from matrix.  A very nice example for this low price... $180

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-797

OKM-797      Cerussite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A beautiful, high luster "V" twin.  5 x 3.1 x 1.4 cm gemmy crystal with well defined striations.  Dark crystal (?) embedded in one end has a tiny crystal on it, on back, that is chipped... otherwise damage free. Very high quality example of this material.  $550

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-781

OKM-781     Cerussite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  4 x 3.7 x 3 cm sixling twin crystal.  Broken spires as seen so low in price but a piece from a historic mine that is worth having.  $120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-772

This side should be considered the front.

OKL-772     Cerussite       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.  An attractive single crystal that is tabular and smoky in color.  It is totally transparent and shows a wonderful double phantom of a contrasting shape as compared to he termination.  It is 2.8 x 1.3 x .3 cm.  The backside (first photo shows a very minor chip low on the right side.  Clean front view and chip in no way distracting.  Very good condition being clean everywhere else.  Another specimen which could have its base trimmed for length (to make it 2.5 cm) to make it eligible for competition. Unmounted in a perky box.  $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-457

Unknown mineral in acicular spray of crystals

OKL-457     Cerussite and Others    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  The nice twinned cerussite (2.3 cm in diameter) on tennantite is obvious but the other species…I just don’t know.  What looks like calcite appears not to be, the greenish bloom of acicular crystals at first glance appears to be smithsonite ( I don’t believe it is).  This will be a fun discovery process for someone.  9.3 x 8 x 5 cm.  The surface material in white is crystallized but very crude in form. The specimen looks to be damage free.  $390

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-431

OKL-431      Cerussite on Mottramite, Calcite and Duftite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  An attractive assemblage with light and dark greens intermixed on mostly white crystals.  The white could be smithsonite being intermixed with what is definitely calcite makes it difficult to tell.  The specimen is 9.7 x 7 x 4.3 cm and the cerussites are to 1.2 cm and gemmy.  Entirely crystallized front, back, and every side with only a couple back side contacts.  No damage on front and only a chipped cerussite on the back.  Very clean.  $325

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-428

OKL-428      Cerussite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  A single crystal measuring 5.3 x 4 x 4.5 cm.  Minor magnesite matrix with white accessory crystals of ??  The crystal is very transparent, moderately reticulated, and has zero damage.  Base contact only so it displays equally well from any direction.  This is a fantastic miniature that ranks among the best cerussites from anywhere in the world that could be found from any location.  Most dealers would have this out there at a far greater price given the quality.  A magnificent miniature sized specimen.  The highest of quality.  $850

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-409

OKL-409    Cerussite on Smithsonite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Cerussite twins to over 2 cm each stand up high in relief off of a manganite matrix coated by well formed gray colored smithsonite crystals.  The entire upper surface, sides and part of base are nicely crystallized and all is damage free.  The piece measures 7.5 x 3.8 x 3.2 cm.  A nice example for quality and form.  $450

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-402

OKL-402    Cerussite, Smithsonite, Mimetite      Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This is likely the finest miniature sized cerussite in the collection or at least the finest miniature sized matrix specimen.  They are exceptional being water clear and standing up high on the contrasting colored matrix.  The upper surface is crystallized with minor examples of the accessory minerals mentioned.  The piece measures 5.3 x 3.6 x 3.3 cm with the large twinned cerussite being 2.5 cm across and the single crystal standing upright measuring 1.7 cm.  This upright crystal has a tiny backside rub that can be seen with magnification otherwise this is a damage free piece.  The damage is so trivial as to not merit discussion but I always feel it important to point out even these tiniest of imperfections.  Expensive but it is exceptionally high in quality for a cerussite from Tsumeb.  $2,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-403

OKL-403    Cerussite, Smithsonite     Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This a fine miniature sized cerussite.  The crystals are exceptional being water clear and standing up high on the contrasting colored matrix.  The upper surface is crystallized with minor smithsonite druse.  The piece measures 3.8 x 3.3 x 2.5 cm with the large twinned cerussite being 2.7 cm across and the single crystal standing upright measuring 1.4 cm.  The crystals are moderately striated making for more difficulty in seeing the internal perfection.  The specimen is damage free and even the edge crystals are complete and showy.  Someone should find this an outstanding value for the quality of the specimen.  $450

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-641

OKL-641      Cerussite on Mottramite with Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This is primarily blades and twins of cerussite to 1.7 cm each scattered about on the surface of green mottramite.  There is a frosting of what appears to be clear smithsonite (maybe dolomite) in some areas producing a “sugary” texture.  Very good quality with no damage and contacts being isolated to the base and back.  Minor Styrofoam attached on base.  6.2 x 5.2 x 4 cm.  Superior clarity, form and visual appeal to these fine crystals.   $2,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-642

Side showing most damage

OKL-642      Cerussite on Mottramite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This big, impressive specimen has issues but is still worthy of some effort on someone’s part.  Strong edge contact with damage and two dings on the big crystals are distracting.  However, it is one of those specimens that could be trimmed and doctored in order to produce a fine cabinet specimen of high quality.  11 x 7.5 x 5 cm.  First $1,000 takes it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-643

Largest twin

Highly frosted side (base)

OKL-643      Cerussite on Mottramite with Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  This is primarily blades and twins of cerussite to 2.7 cm each scattered about on the surface of green mottramite.  There is a frosting of what appears to be clear smithsonite (maybe dolomite) in some areas producing a “sugary” texture.  One missing crystal and some minor chips but they are minor with only one edge showing contact. Most views are attractive and damage free.  Entire specimen is mineralized showing varying degrees of luster.  11.2 x 8 x 7 cm.  A very different looking example.  $2,100

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-644

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OKL-644      Cerussite on Smithsonite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Nice large cerussite twins to 3+ cm in diameter on matrix coated by smithsonite crystals.  There is chipping  present and one large crystal shows breakage.  7.8 x 5 x 4 cm.  $325

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-633

Worst side with breakage

OKL-633      Cerussite on Mottramite    Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia, South West Africa.  Ex. Thomas G. Fowler collection.  Big twinned crystals of transparent cerussite to 2.5 cm eah sit up high on a rich green matrix coated by mottramite.  The frontal view is fantastic but there is side damage that may be distracting to some.  7.1 x 4 x 3.9 cm.  Very transparent for the species.  Selective coatings by light green duftite on a few crystal faces.  $450

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