Tim Sherburn Collection of Irish Minerals - Part III

Update #3 of the Tim Sherburn collection of minerals from Ireland.  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 (owner of Moorland Minerals), Stephen Moreton (a collecting partner of Robert Lawson), and David Green (the editor for the UK Journal of Mines & Minerals). I have one more update of minerals to be posted later.


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SV553 - Apophyllite $ 120 SOLD
Clinty Quarry, Ballymena, Co. Antim, Ireland
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Apophyllite from Clinty Quarry, Ballymena, Co. Antim, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV553a.jpg] Apophyllite from Clinty Quarry, Ballymena, Co. Antim, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV553b.jpg] Apophyllite from Clinty Quarry, Ballymena, Co. Antim, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV553c.jpg]

Tabular white Apophyllite crystal 2.5cm wide on a basalt matrix coated by Thompsonite or Gyrolite. The Apophyllite has slight color zoning with a thin yellow/brown layer on the outer edges. Ex. Paul Nicholson, Tim Sherburn collections with labels.


SV554 - Sphalerite $ 125
Keel Mine, Co. Longford, Ireland
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Sphalerite from Keel Mine, Co. Longford, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV554a.jpg] Sphalerite from Keel Mine, Co. Longford, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV554b.jpg] Sphalerite from Keel Mine, Co. Longford, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV554c.jpg] Sphalerite from Keel Mine, Co. Longford, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV554d.jpg]

Gemmy yellow Sphalerite crystals on matrix. Collected by Stephen Moreton in 1996. Yellow is an uncommon and sought after color for Sphalerite. High quality bright and gemmy crystals. The Keel mine was an unsuccessful zinc mine advanced in the 1960s. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection. Acquired from Stephen Moreton in 2008.


SV555 - Hematite, Smokey Quartz, Feldspar $ 80
Slieve Binnian, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Ireland
small cabinet - 8 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Hematite, Smokey Quartz, Feldspar from Slieve Binnian, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV555a.jpg] Hematite, Smokey Quartz, Feldspar from Slieve Binnian, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV555b.jpg] Hematite, Smokey Quartz, Feldspar from Slieve Binnian, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV555c.jpg]

Open vug lined with well formed white Orthoclase Feldspar, transparent Smokey Quartz crystals, and Hematite. From one of the many old quarries on the southeast side of the mountain. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.


SV557 - Arsenopyrite $ 90 SOLD
Dhurode Mine, Durrus, Sheeps Head, Co. Kerry, Ireland
miniature - 4.2 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm


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Arsenopyrite from Dhurode Mine, Durrus, Sheeps Head, Co. Kerry, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV557a.jpg] Arsenopyrite from Dhurode Mine, Durrus, Sheeps Head, Co. Kerry, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV557b.jpg] Arsenopyrite from Dhurode Mine, Durrus, Sheeps Head, Co. Kerry, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV557c.jpg]

Sharp, metallic crystals of Arsenopyrite in a Quartz sandstone matrix. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection with old Moorland Minerals label.


SV562 - Halite $ 80
Kilroot Mine, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, Ireland
small cabinet - 6 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Halite from Kilroot Mine, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV562a.jpg] Halite from Kilroot Mine, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV562b.jpg] Halite from Kilroot Mine, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV562c.jpg] Halite from Kilroot Mine, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV562d.jpg]

Transparent cubic Halite crystals on matrix. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection, from Steve Moreton in 2008.


SV559 - Actinolite $ 150
Maghery, Co. Donegal, Ireland
small cabinet - 8 x 8 x 5 cm


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Actinolite from Maghery, Co. Donegal, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV559a.jpg] Actinolite from Maghery, Co. Donegal, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV559b.jpg] Actinolite from Maghery, Co. Donegal, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV559c.jpg] Actinolite from Maghery, Co. Donegal, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV559d.jpg]

Large dark green to brown crystals on Actinolite on matirx. Found near the shore just north of Maghery Strand. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection, from Robert Lawson.


SV560 - Mica pseudo. Feldspar $ 125
Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Co. Down, Ireland
miniature - 5 x 3 x 3 cm


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Mica pseudo. Feldspar from Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV560a.jpg] Mica pseudo. Feldspar from Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV560b.jpg] Mica pseudo. Feldspar from Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV560d.jpg] Mica pseudo. Feldspar from Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV560e.jpg]

Fine grained, pinkish Muscovite mica that has pseudomorphed former Felspar crystals, with Quartz crystals. Found in a greisen at the margin with granite.  Ex. Tim Sherburn collection, from Steve Moreton.


SV563 - Pyromorphite $ 120 SOLD
Shallow Adit, Old Luganure mine, Camaderry, Glendasan, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
miniature - 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Pyromorphite from Shallow Adit, Old Luganure mine, Camaderry, Glendasan, Co. Wicklow, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV563a.jpg] Pyromorphite from Shallow Adit, Old Luganure mine, Camaderry, Glendasan, Co. Wicklow, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV563b.jpg] Pyromorphite from Shallow Adit, Old Luganure mine, Camaderry, Glendasan, Co. Wicklow, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV563c.jpg]

Green Pyromorphite crystals that stand out well against a white Quartz matrix. Mixed sized crystals with larger crystals to 4mm in size. Ex. David Green, Tim Sherburn collections.


SV561 - Rauenthalite $ 75 SOLD
Muckross Mine, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
miniature - 4.7 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Rauenthalite from Muckross Mine, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV561a.jpg] Rauenthalite from Muckross Mine, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV561e.jpg]

White Rauenthalite crystals on matrix. Rauenthalite is an uncommon arsenate mineral with the formula Ca3(AsO4)2•10(H2O). Ex. Tim Sherburn collection. Comes with a few old labels.


SV565 - Dolomite $ 350
Aughamore Quarry, Co. Sligo, Ireland
small cabinet - 9 x 6 x 4 cm


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Dolomite from Aughamore Quarry, Co. Sligo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV565a.jpg] Dolomite from Aughamore Quarry, Co. Sligo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV565b.jpg] Dolomite from Aughamore Quarry, Co. Sligo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV565c.jpg]

Curving, pearlescent crystals of Dolomite on matrix. The Dolomite has a light pink color and are present on all sides (a floater). The large central crystal is 3cm wide. Ex. David Green, Tim Sherburn collections.


SV567 - Vesuvianite $ 50
Carrickavrickan, near Dunglow, Co. Donegal, Ireland
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5 x 2.3 cm


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Vesuvianite from Carrickavrickan, near Dunglow, Co. Donegal, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV567a.jpg] Vesuvianite from Carrickavrickan, near Dunglow, Co. Donegal, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV567c.jpg] Vesuvianite from Carrickavrickan, near Dunglow, Co. Donegal, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV567d.jpg] Vesuvianite from Carrickavrickan, near Dunglow, Co. Donegal, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV567e.jpg]

Crystals of brown Vesuvianite (Idocrase) in matrix. Ex. David Green, Tim Sherburn collections.


SV568 - Topaz, Smokey Quartz, Feldspar $ 250
Diamond Rocks, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Ireland
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm


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Topaz, Smokey Quartz, Feldspar from Diamond Rocks, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV568a.jpg] Topaz, Smokey Quartz, Feldspar from Diamond Rocks, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV568b.jpg] Topaz, Smokey Quartz, Feldspar from Diamond Rocks, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV568c.jpg] Topaz, Smokey Quartz, Feldspar from Diamond Rocks, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV568d.jpg]

Glassy Topaz crystals to 1cm in size with Orthoclase, transparent Smokey Quartz crystals, and Mica. Comes with an old Dave Bunk Minerals label showing a price of $450. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection from Dave Bunk in 2011.


SV569 - Calcite on Chabazite $ 80
Craigs Quarry, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Ireland
small cabinet - 7.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Calcite on Chabazite from Craigs Quarry, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV569a.jpg] Calcite on Chabazite from Craigs Quarry, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV569c.jpg] Calcite on Chabazite from Craigs Quarry, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV569d.jpg]

Stacked rhombs of Calcite crystals on a basalt matrix coated by Chabazite and other zeolites. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection, acquired from David Green in 2013.


SV570 - Dolomite $ 180
Aughamore Quarry, Co. Sligo, Ireland
small cabinet - 7.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm


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Dolomite from Aughamore Quarry, Co. Sligo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV570a.jpg] Dolomite from Aughamore Quarry, Co. Sligo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV570b.jpg] Dolomite from Aughamore Quarry, Co. Sligo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV570d.jpg] Dolomite from Aughamore Quarry, Co. Sligo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV570e.jpg] Dolomite from Aughamore Quarry, Co. Sligo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV570f.jpg] Dolomite from Aughamore Quarry, Co. Sligo, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV570g.jpg]

Curving, pearlescent crystals of Dolomite on matrix. The Dolomite have a light orange color, are good sized and in great condition. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection, acquired from Peter Briscoe in 1998.


SV571 - Malachite, Langite $ 150
Tankardstown Mine, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford, Ireland
small cabinet - 8 x 7.5 x 0.9 cm


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Malachite, Langite from Tankardstown Mine, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV571a.jpg] Malachite, Langite from Tankardstown Mine, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV571b.jpg] Malachite, Langite from Tankardstown Mine, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV571d.jpg] Malachite, Langite from Tankardstown Mine, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford, Ireland [db_pics/pics/SV571e.jpg]

Relatively flat, large plate of Malachite and Langite with wavy surface features.  These rippled post-mining formations were collected from the walls of the Tankardstown Mine. This is SOLID Malachite and Langite without matrix. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.

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