Salida, CO Elks Lodge Collection
The Elks Club in Salida, Colorado housed a display of several diverse mineral suites from Leadville, Bisbee, the Tri-State district and others, many with historic labels affixed to the specimens. The club decided to dispose of the collection, and we bought it this spring (2014).
One of two great Tri-State specimens in the collection, this is a beautiful cluster of lustrous honey-brown calcite on sphalerite matrix. The calcite crystals are aesthetically arranged on the shard of sphalerite, and are nearly damage free. The worst spot is at the bottom of the largest crystal where the tip is cleaved. The largest crystal also has a distinct twin near the center.