I have been field collecting Cornish minerals for over forty years with several breaks while bringing up a growing family and starting my engineering business. It is not my aim to become a fully fledged mineral dealer as there are many other things in life to occupy my time as you will see on this site.
I have been lucky enough to acquire several very old collections over the years, some of the specimens from which are of no interest to me but are never the less of very high quality, some dating back to the 19th century.
Minerals Also Purchased.
The time has now come for me to specialise in one area of my mineral collecting hobby with the focus on minerals from the Mid Cornwall and I will always purchase good quality specimens from this area especially those from the clay country.
Cuprite on Native Copper.
Geevor mine. Cornwall. Collected by the late Charles Smith the Geevor Mine geologist and kept in the dark for over 40 years. A stunning little specimen with small bright red cuprite crystals on both sides.
Specimen size: 55 mm x 35 mm x 25 mm
Price £ 40.00. Postage UK £4.10.
Pyromorphite on a matrix of quartz and baryte with a dusting of black manganese oxide. Green to yellow pyromorphite crystals in numerous vugs, collected about 10 years ago while digging out the "Wulfenite Tunnel".
Specimen size is: 105 mm x 70 mm x 40 mm.
Price £35.00. Postage UK £ 4.10.
Cassiterite. Wethered Shaft. Geevor Mine.
A large cabinet specimen showing a wide seam of cassiterite to 30 mm wide through the quartz and quarzt tourmaline breccia.
The specimen is very heavy, 112 mm x 85 mm and 30 mm thick at its widest point. This face has been cut and polished and the reverse is natural, It sits and stands well on its own.
Price £ 45.00. Postage UK £4.10.
A short section of a 2 1/2" drill core showing mineralised veins of cassiterite, chalcopyrite and arsenopyrite with extremely fine cassiterite disseminated throughout the killas matrix. This is from the early exploration by South West Minerals in the period 1980-1983 and numbered 483.
Price: £ 30.00.Postage Uk £ 4.10.
A rare location cassiterite specimen from Wheal Cunning near St Just in Cornwall, areas of fine brown cassiterite through the quartz veins with fine disseminated cassiterite through the granite matrix.
Specimen size: 130 mm x 80 mm x 55 mm.
Price £ 45.00. Postage 4.10 UK.
Several bands of deep green scorodite and showing some fine disseminated cassiterite under magnification.
Comes with a JWT and Roy Starkey labels.
Price £ 15.00.Postage UK 4.10.
A specimen of bright green pyromorphite on a gozzany quartz matrix from the Bay Vein Wanlockhead.
Specimen size: 80 mm x 40 mm x 35 mm.
Price.£ 30.00. Postage UK £ 4.10.
A small but stunning old time specimen from the Wheal Gorland Mine, collected by Dave Smith in the 1970's before the tips were removed.
Specimen size is 40 x 35 x 25 mm.
Price: £58.00. Postage Uk 4.10.
A vuggy quart matrix with small bright olivenite crystals, an old Dave Smith specimen with his original glued on label.
The specimen is 65 mm x 35 mm x 30 mm .
Price: £ 60.00.Postage Uk £ 4.10.
A pretty and rich specimen showing sharp crystals in the vugs, and a linarite coating on the base superb under magnification.
Specimen size is: 50 mm x 40 mm x 30 mm.
Price £ 40.00. Postage UK £4.10.
An unusual specimen from the Fullabrook Mine with a vug about 25mm wide showing bright undamaged crystals.
Price.£40.00.Postage Uk £ 4.10.
An unusual location specimen of Baryte, Sphalerite and minor galena from the Pennerly mine, collected in 2003 before most of the site was flattened and removed for hardcore.
Specimen size: 70 mm x 50 mm x 25mm.
Price £ 28.00. Postage UK £4.10
A superb specimen with a great colour, collected from Penlee Quarry in the 1970's.
50 mm x 45 mm x 12 mm.
Price£ 45.00. Postage Uk £4.10 tracked.
A rich specimen showing black micro crystals in a hematite matrix.
65 mm x 50 mm x 35 mm.
Ex Alan Dean collection and comes with his label and one other.
Price. £25.00. Postage £4.10 UK.
Cassiterite crystals to 3mm in a quartz tourmaline matrix
Specimen size: 55 mm x 50 mm x 35 mm.
Price £ 35.00 Postage UK £ 4.10 tracked.
An unusual and rare specimen of very rich cassiterite in massive topaz. It has been sliced and polished on one face.
The reverse shows a crystal vug and it is heavy for size.
Specimen size is 80 mm x 85 mm x 8 mm at it's thickest.
Price: £ 45.00. Postage UK only £ 4.10.
Sharp honey coloured crystals in the vug and along the front edge of the killas matrix.
Specimen size is: 80 mm x 45 mm 30 mm.
Price £ 35.00. Postage UK £ 4.10. Tracked.
Quartz after Barite pseudomorphs.
A very clean and pretty Cornish classic.
Specimen size is: 75 mm x 40 mm x 35 mm.
Price: £40.00. Postage UK £ 4.00.
Cassiterite in white quartz, collected from 16 Grenfell level N/E in February 1981.
Specimen size: 75 mm x 65 mm x 15 mm
Price: £40.00. Postage UK £4.00.
Rich coating of small square torbernite/ meta torbernite crystals on three faces of this specimen.
Specimen size: 70 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm.
Price:£ 30.00. Postage to UK only £4.00.
I am always asked what I use for cleaning iron stains from minerals and the safe answer is Iron Out or what used to be called Super Iron Out.
The fomula is identical and just an advertising decision by the manufacturers.
I can supply the 28oz bottles in the UK for £21 plus postage of £4.10. Large stock available.
I use a weak solution 1 table spoon to 1 litre of water and buffer with sodium bicarbonate to bring the ph to about 7.
As always test on a waste piece first.
Cassiterite var Wood Tin. A small but rich and very pretty specimen which I have cut and polished to reveal the stunning wood tin. Collected on an extremely low tide in 2017.
60 mm x 25 mm x 15 mm.
Price £35.00.Postage UK £ 4.00.
Blister copper: St Agnes:
Comes with an old Adam Krantz label of Bonn dating it to between 1850- 1872.
Specimen size is 58 mm x 40 mm x 27 mm.
Price: £ 120. Postage UK £4.00.
A lot of old label Cornwall specimens to add in the next few months.
A rich old time specimen of crystalline cassiterite in a chlorite and quartz matrix.
Specimen size is 45 mm x 36 mm x 26 mm.
Price £45.00. Postage Uk £ 4.00.
A rich specimen in a stable quartz gozzan matrix, SW UV light shows areas of scheelite, yellow ferritungstite in the vugs between the wolfram and ferberite.
Specimen size is 75 x 35 x 35 mm.
Price £ 35.00. Postage UK £4.00.
A rich specimen of chalcopyrite in a quartz killas breccia, cut and polished on one face.Minor pyrite in a few places.
75 mm x 50 mm x 45 mm.
Price £ 25.00 Postage UK £ 4.00.
A very rich specimen of lode material from 16 Coronation lode Geevor Mine that has been cut and highly polished on one side.
Bright cubic pyrite in the host matrix of bornite and chalcocite.
Specimen size:90 mm x 70 mm x 30 mm.
Price: £ 55.00. Postage UK £ 4.00.
Wavellite. Hingston Down Quarry.
Bright deep yellow sprays of wavellite coating small quartz crystals in the vug of the hard granite matrix.
Specimen size is: 70 mm x 50 mm x50 mm.
Price: £ 25.00 Postage UK £4.10.