Wire Silver


Wire Silver specimens from Pitkin County

Wire Silver specimens from Pitkin County

Wire Silver specimens from Pitkin County are some of the most distinctive and therefore highly prized among mineral collectors. The Mollie Gibson Mine was unbelievably rich in silver. In 1898 Josiah Edward Spurr wrote that one particular vug measured approximately one to two feet across and was “festooned” with what he called threadlike silver. This is what today we more commonly refer to as wire silver.

I purchased this piece from Colorado Mineral Classics, ex. Kurt Bresnitz Collection, Mollie Gibson Mine, Smuggler Mountain, Aspen, Pitkin County, Colorado. It measures 7 cm across. If the wire were stretched to a straight line, it would be approximately 10 cm long.

Described as a very large, long, aesthetic, relatively thick, striated “wire” specimen, it would be a unique addition to any Colorado mineral collection.


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