Tim Sherburn Collection of Irish Minerals

Presenting Part 1 of the Tim Sherburn collection of minerals from Ireland (plus one specimen from Scotland).  Tim is based in southern California and has been collecting minerals from Ireland, which are not commonly available and hard to track down, since 1995.  Many of Tim's specimens came from Robert Lawson, Moreland Minerals, Steve Morton (a collecting partner of Robert Lawson), and David Green (the editor for the UK Journal of Mines). This is the first of likely 3 updates, with future updates posted as time permits.


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SV512 - Langite $ 450
Mountain Mine, Alhillies, County Cork, Ireland
small cabinet - 7 x 5 x 2.5 cm


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Langite from Mountain Mine, Alhillies, County Cork, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV512a.jpg] Langite from Mountain Mine, Alhillies, County Cork, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV512c.jpg] Langite from Mountain Mine, Alhillies, County Cork, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV512d.jpg]

Blue to blue-green Langite covering the front surface of specimen. The Langite is more green at the bottom and a more intense teal blue with better crystals at the top. Langite is a rare copper sulfate, some of the best of which are found in Ireland. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.


SV513 - Sphalerite on Dolomite $ 175
Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
small cabinet - 9 x 5 x 4.5 cm


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Sphalerite on Dolomite from Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co. Tipperary, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV513a.jpg] Sphalerite on Dolomite from Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co. Tipperary, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV513c.jpg] Sphalerite on Dolomite from Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co. Tipperary, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV513d.jpg] Sphalerite on Dolomite from Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co. Tipperary, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV513e.jpg] Sphalerite on Dolomite from Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co. Tipperary, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV513f.jpg]

Gemmy yellow Sphalerite crystals on white Dolomite. Yellow is an uncommon and sought after color for Sphalerite. Small but bright and gemmy crystals. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.


SV514 - Gold $ 1500
St. Patricks Pocket, Lecanvey Vein, Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, Ireland
miniature - 5 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Gold from St. Patricks Pocket, Lecanvey Vein, Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV514a.jpg] Gold from St. Patricks Pocket, Lecanvey Vein, Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV514b.jpg] Gold from St. Patricks Pocket, Lecanvey Vein, Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV514c.jpg] Gold from St. Patricks Pocket, Lecanvey Vein, Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV514d.jpg] Gold from St. Patricks Pocket, Lecanvey Vein, Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV514e.jpg]

Abundant Gold and black sulfides in an open pocket of vuggy Quartz. Mined in April 2007. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.


SV515 - Quartz with Pyrite $ 250 SOLD
Glengowla Mine, Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland
small cabinet - 6.4 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Quartz with Pyrite from Glengowla Mine, Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV515a.jpg] Quartz with Pyrite from Glengowla Mine, Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV515b.jpg] Quartz with Pyrite from Glengowla Mine, Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV515c.jpg] Quartz with Pyrite from Glengowla Mine, Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV515d.jpg]

Cluster of slender, water-clear Quartz crystals and small Pyrite crystals. Comes with a couple old labels indicating it was collected by David Green and Paddy Geoghen, the mine owner. This was the best one found at the mine and was saved for a museum, but later reaquired by David Green. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.


SV516 - Smithsonite $ 75 SOLD
Sheshodonnell East Mine, Carron, The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland
miniature - 4.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Smithsonite from Sheshodonnell East Mine, Carron, The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV516a.jpg] Smithsonite from Sheshodonnell East Mine, Carron, The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV516b.jpg] Smithsonite from Sheshodonnell East Mine, Carron, The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV516c.jpg] Smithsonite from Sheshodonnell East Mine, Carron, The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV516e.jpg]

Specimen of bright yellow cadmium Smithsonite. This is solid translucent crystalline Smithsonite without matrix. Botryoidal, satiny crystalline surfaces are present in vuggy areas. The Sheshodonnell East Mine is a small former zinc mine that was worked in about 1862-63 (per MINDAT). The miners were lookng for the sphalerite and the smithsonite was placed in the dumps, and collected about 100 years later. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.


SV517 - Wavellite $ 125 SOLD
Fort Lismeenagh, Shenagolden, Co. Limerick, Ireland
small cabinet - 8 x 6.5 x 4 cm


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Wavellite from Fort Lismeenagh, Shenagolden, Co. Limerick, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV517a.jpg] Wavellite from Fort Lismeenagh, Shenagolden, Co. Limerick, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV517b.jpg] Wavellite from Fort Lismeenagh, Shenagolden, Co. Limerick, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV517c.jpg] Wavellite from Fort Lismeenagh, Shenagolden, Co. Limerick, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV517e.jpg]

Botryoidal pinish white to orange Wavellite covering a large shallow vug. Comes with a few old labels including one from richard Barstow. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.


SV518 - Langite $ 650
Tankardstown Mine, Bunmahon, County Waterford, Ireland
small cabinet - 9 x 5 x 4 cm


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Langite from Tankardstown Mine, Bunmahon, County Waterford, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV518a.jpg] Langite from Tankardstown Mine, Bunmahon, County Waterford, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV518b.jpg] Langite from Tankardstown Mine, Bunmahon, County Waterford, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV518c.jpg] Langite from Tankardstown Mine, Bunmahon, County Waterford, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV518d.jpg]

Blue to blue-green Langite covering the front surface of specimen. The Langite is an intense teal blue with lots of crystals. Langite is a rare copper sulfate, some of the best of which are found in Ireland. Ex. Jim Knight, Tim Sherburn collections.


SV519 - Aquamarine $ 125 SOLD
Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Mourne Mtns., Co. Down, Ireland
thumbnail - 2.1 x 0.6 x 0.5 cm


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Aquamarine from Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Mourne Mtns., Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV519a.jpg] Aquamarine from Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Mourne Mtns., Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV519b.jpg] Aquamarine from Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Mourne Mtns., Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV519c.jpg] Aquamarine from Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Mourne Mtns., Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV519d.jpg]

Glassy single Aquamarine crystal from the Mourne Mountains. Complete and undamaged and transparent in the upper half. Has an old collection number affixed to the side. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.


SV521 - Calcite $ 75 SOLD
Abbeytown Quarry, Ballysadare, Co. Sligo, Ireland
miniature - 4.7 x 4 x 3.3 cm


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Calcite from Abbeytown Quarry, Ballysadare, Co. Sligo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV521a.jpg] Calcite from Abbeytown Quarry, Ballysadare, Co. Sligo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV521b.jpg] Calcite from Abbeytown Quarry, Ballysadare, Co. Sligo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV521c.jpg] Calcite from Abbeytown Quarry, Ballysadare, Co. Sligo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV521e.jpg]

Cluster of white Calcite crystals from the Abbeytown Quarry. The main crystal is a beautiful transparent crystal 1.7cm wide. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.


SV522 - Amethyst $ 125 SOLD
Keem, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland
small cabinet - 6 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm


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Amethyst from Keem, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV522a.jpg] Amethyst from Keem, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV522b.jpg] Amethyst from Keem, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV522c.jpg] Amethyst from Keem, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV522d.jpg] Amethyst from Keem, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV522f.jpg]

An uncommon Amethyst from Ireland. Glassy and lustrous crystals with a medium purple coloration, most in great condition. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.


SV523 - Quartz with Epidote $ 150 SOLD
East side of Smerwick Harbour, north of Ballynagall, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
small cabinet - 8.5 x 5 x 5 cm


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Quartz with Epidote from East side of Smerwick Harbour, north of Ballynagall, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV523a.jpg] Quartz with Epidote from East side of Smerwick Harbour, north of Ballynagall, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV523b.jpg] Quartz with Epidote from East side of Smerwick Harbour, north of Ballynagall, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV523c.jpg] Quartz with Epidote from East side of Smerwick Harbour, north of Ballynagall, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV523d.jpg] Quartz with Epidote from East side of Smerwick Harbour, north of Ballynagall, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV523e.jpg]

Beautiful cluster of transparent Quartz crystals with attached and included green Epidote. Comes with an old note indicating it was collected at the cliff top at Ardamore at the east side of Smerwick Harbour. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection acquired from the David Green collection in 2014.


SV524 - Sphalerite, Quartz, Dolomite $ 350
Mogul Mine, Silvermines, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
small cabinet - 9.2 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm


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Sphalerite, Quartz, Dolomite from Mogul Mine, Silvermines, Co. Tipperary, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV524a.jpg] Sphalerite, Quartz, Dolomite from Mogul Mine, Silvermines, Co. Tipperary, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV524b.jpg] Sphalerite, Quartz, Dolomite from Mogul Mine, Silvermines, Co. Tipperary, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV524e.jpg] Sphalerite, Quartz, Dolomite from Mogul Mine, Silvermines, Co. Tipperary, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV524f.jpg] Sphalerite, Quartz, Dolomite from Mogul Mine, Silvermines, Co. Tipperary, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV524g.jpg]

Red 'ruby-blende' Sphalerite with Quartz crystals and Dolomite. The Mogul Mine was a large zinc-lead mine that closed in 1982 and was famous for it's Sphalerite and Galena specimens. Comes with a couple old dealer labels including Isis Minerals and Richard Barstow. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.


SV525 - Sphalerite with Galena $ 150
Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
miniature - 4.5 x 3 x 3 cm


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Sphalerite with Galena from Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co. Tipperary, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV525a.jpg] Sphalerite with Galena from Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co. Tipperary, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV525b.jpg] Sphalerite with Galena from Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co. Tipperary, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV525c.jpg] Sphalerite with Galena from Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co. Tipperary, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV525d.jpg]

Gemmy yellow Sphalerite crystals to 4-5mm in a vug with Galena and Pyrite. Yellow is an uncommon and sought after color for Sphalerite. Bright and gemmy crystals collected in September 2007. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.


SV526 - Anglesite $ 225 SOLD
Tynagh Mine, Co. Galway, Ireland
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Anglesite from Tynagh Mine, Co. Galway, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV526a.jpg] Anglesite from Tynagh Mine, Co. Galway, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV526b.jpg] Anglesite from Tynagh Mine, Co. Galway, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV526c.jpg] Anglesite from Tynagh Mine, Co. Galway, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV526d.jpg] Anglesite from Tynagh Mine, Co. Galway, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV526e.jpg]

A shallow vug in a sulphide-rich matrix loaded with glassy white Anglesite crystals. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection purchased by Tim in 1998.


SV527 - Aquamarine $ 175 SOLD
Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Mourne Mtns., Co. Down, Ireland
thumbnail - 3.1 x 1.6 x 0.7 cm


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Aquamarine from Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Mourne Mtns., Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV527a.jpg] Aquamarine from Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Mourne Mtns., Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV527b.jpg] Aquamarine from Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Mourne Mtns., Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV527c.jpg] Aquamarine from Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Mourne Mtns., Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV527d.jpg]

Glassy doubly-terminated Aquamarine crystal with a single terminated crystal crossing in the middle from the Mourne Mountains. Complete and undamaged with transparency. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.

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