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THE DELAWARE MINERALOGICAL SOCIETY GEM, MINERAL AND FOSSIL SHOW

Last Updated: 7th Jun 2011

The Delaware Mineralogical Society Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show is held annually on the first weekend of March. The show is held in the gymnasium of the Delaware Technical & Community College in Stanton, Delaware right off of Interstate 95. This year 18 dealers set up, with half the spaces being taken by mineral or fossil dealers and the balance taken by jewelry vendors. The quality of the specimens is better than average with four or five of the dealers offering specimens they bought at the Tucson show.

The quality of the mineral displays at this show are outstanding. Club members, many of whom have collected for years, set up displays at the show. The displays, in my opinion, is what sets this show apart from other shows of comparable size and I hope you enjoy the photos I took at the show. This year's show theme was "Metals from Earth & Beyond".

ON THE ROAD! HERE I AM LEAVING OUR DEVELOPMENT ON A RAINY SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2011.


The Weather On Sunday, March 6, 2011





ROLLIN' SOUTH DOWN THE NORTHEAST EXTENSION OF THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE. SEVERAL MILES DOWN THE ROAD I HAD TO DODGE DEBRIS FROM AN ACCIDENT THAT OCCURRED MOMENTS EARLIER. SOME PEOPLE WERE DOING OVER 80 IN THE POURING RAIN!


The Pennsylvania Turnpike, Northeast Extension, Heading South





HERE IS THE INSIDE VIEW OF THE SHOW:




Delaware Mineral Show March 6, 2011



MIKE JACOB AND SHANA PARSONS OF MINERALS AMERICA. THEY HAD A NICE VARIETY OF MINERALS FROM RUSSIA.



Michael Jacob of Minerals America



ERIC MEIER OF BROKEN BACK MINERALS. ERIC ALWAYS HAS A LARGE VARIETY OF INTERESTING SPECIMENS AND IS A VERY ACTIVE FIELD COLLECTOR.


Eric Meier Mineral Dealer at the Delaware Show 2011



THE DISPLAY CASE OF AFRICAN MINERALS BY ED STRICKLER. ED TOOK FIRST PLACE IN THE COMPETITION.


Ed Strickler's Exhibit at the Delaware Show



A CLOSEUP OF ED STRICKLER'S FANTASTIC TSUMEB AZURITE 7CM BY 7CM.


Ed Strickler's Exhibit at the Delaware Show



DAVE DINSMORE'S CASE OF VARIED SPECIMENS. DAVE TRAVELS TO TUCSON EVERY YEAR TO GET THAT SPECIAL PIECE.


Dave Dinsmore's Exhibit at the 2011 Delaware Show



A LARGE EPIDOTE FROM PAKISTAN IN DAVE'S COLLECTION.


Dave Dinsmore's Exhibit





KEN CASEY'S DISPLAY OF THE "METALLICS OF FLUORITE".


Ken Casey's Exhibit at the Delaware Show



THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE PUT ON THIS FINE DISPLAY CASE. BY THE WAY, A VISIT TO THE MINERAL MUSEUM AT THE UNIVERSITY TO SEE THEIR WORLD CLASS MINERAL EXHIBIT IS ALWAYS WORTHWHILE.


The University of Delaware's exhibit of ore minerals. March 2011



HERE IS A CLOSEUP OF A FINE SILVER FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE'S COLLECTION.


Silver in the University of Delaware Display



HERE IS THE FAMOUS "ELVIS" WHO DID A GIG IN CHINA LAST YEAR AS PART OF THE COLLECTORS EDGE DISPLAY. BILL SEVERANCE IS THE PROUD OWNER OF THIS PIECE. I CAN ALMOST HEAR ELVIS SAY "THANK YOU, MAM, THANK YOU"! OR...IS IT BUDDY HOLLY?


The so-called Elvis Copper on Display at the Delaware Show.



THIS IS BILL SEVERANCE'S OTHER DISPLAY CASE OF FINE AND EXCEPTIONAL MINERALS WITH PEDIGREES.


Bill Severance's display at the 2011 Delaware Show



KARISSA HENDERSHOT'S CASE OF SELF-COLLECTED GOETHITE PROVES THIS SPECIES CAN BE FOUND IN ATTRACTIVE (AND DESIRABLE) SPECIMENS.


Karissa Hendershot's display of self-collected Goethite



WAYNE URION, THE SHOW CHAIRMAN, PUT ON THIS EDUCATIONAL DISPLAY OF MINERALS FROM NEW JERSEY'S WATCHUNG MOUNTAINS WHICH IS WORLD FAMOUS FOR ITS ZEOLITES AND ASSOCIATED MINERALS.


Wayne Urion's Display of Paterson zeolites at the show.



THIS IS A BLOWN UP PHOTO OF WAYNE'S GALENA SPECIMEN FROM PATERSON, NEW JERSEY.


Blow up of Galena Specimen from Paterson, New Jersey



THE MOST INTERSTING CASE WAS DAVE ELLIS' DISPLAY OF MINERAL FAKES WHICH SHOWED HOW FAR INDUSTRIOUS CHEATS WILL GO TO SELL THEIR WARES.


Dave Ellis' Display of Fakes at the Delaware Show March 2011



CLOSEUPS OF DAVE'S FAKES.


A Closeup of Dave's Fakes




Closeup of Dave's Fakes



AND...LAST BUT NOT LEAST IS THIS CASE OF ORE MINERALS OF COPPER, LEAD AND ZINC FROM YOUR'S TRULY JOE POLITYKA. I BROUGHT MORE SPECIMENS TO DISPLAY BUT DECIDED TO LEAVE THEM OUT BECAUSE THE CASE GOT TOO CROWDED. AS A RESULT, THERE ARE NO TSUMEB OR FRANKLIN, NEW JERSEY SPECIMENS IN THE CASE.


Joe Polityka's display at the Delaware Show, March 5, 2011



A CLOSE UP.


Closeup of some specimens in Polityka's display




Zinc Minerals in Joe Polityka's Display




Lead Minerals in Joe Polityka's Display




Copper Minerals in Joe Polityka's Display



Well, another great show with great exhibits, great dealers and great people! I recommend that you make an effort to get to this show next year; it is worth the trip.

Best wishes and happy collecting!












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Comments

Hi Joe,

I enjoyed that report. Thanks for sharing. I'm curious. Can you tell from your photo where Wayne's large Galena cube came from? Seems pretty unusual from these parts even though Sphalerite and Greenockite have been found in the Watchungs. Just never seen a piece like that.

David

David Bernstein
8th Mar 2011 2:03pm
David,

The label stated that the galena was found in Paterson, New Jersey. I did not get a chance to talk to Wayne about the specimen. I have a galena from the George Washington Bridge area and have posted a photo on my Mindat web page. The crystal in Wayne's collection is associated with small calcite crystals, typical in form found in the Paterson area, but I did not get a chance to look closer at the matrix to see if there were any other associated minerals that we would recognize from Jersey. I will try to get his email address so I can get some background on the specimen.

Joseph Polityka
8th Mar 2011 4:06pm
Thanks, Joe. It certainly is a neat locality piece, if the Paterson address is correct.



David Bernstein
8th Mar 2011 9:03pm
Hi Joseph,

Thank´s for your report.Nice

Looking at your second Pic....I thought" thats a rainy german Autobahn" (highway), with typical weather ;-)

Best Regards

Marcus



Marcus Voigt
9th Mar 2011 6:50pm
Marcus,

Thank you for your compliments! It's not surprising that the highway looks like the Autobahn; the Pennsylvania Turnpike was modeled after the Autobahn when it was built in 1940. We are not allowed to drive as fast as you do on the Autobahn, not legally anyway.

Best,

Joe

Joseph Polityka
9th Mar 2011 7:48pm
David,

I received an email from Wayne Urion Re: the Galena and Wayne told me he bought the specimen from a tailgater several years ago at the Franklin Show. The label with the specimen stated it was found in the New Street Quarry. Bulletin 64 from the New Jersey Geological Survey, "Trap Rock Minerals Of New Jersey" states the following: "Galena has been found in small amounts at a number of localities in the New Jersey trap rocks. Kato (1891) records it as widely distributed in the Bergen Hill area, occurring in cubes up to 10mm on edge in calcite and quartz veins. It has been found as SMALL cubes at the New Street and Prospect Park quarries in Paterson, an is also recorded from Summit, Snake Hill, Rocky Hill and Hopewell." Wayne is going by what the label states as genuine. As I stated earlier I did not get a chance to look more closely at the specimen and now wish I had taken a close up photo.

Joseph Polityka
9th Mar 2011 10:34pm
Hi Joe,

"We are not allowed to drive as fast as you do on the Autobahn"... In my Opinion its better in driving "normally" with limited Speed.

I remember one morning, I drove the Highway Nr.3 from Cologne to Frankfurt,to collect s.th. in the Siebengebirge Region..

In my Old 1988 Ford Sierra,Smile in my Face in expecting good finds this day and a normal speed of 81 mph...one my left side its sounds "Wrooaarrr" a Audi A 6 with ca. 173 mph "flies" on the Autobahn..

"What the H...? "I was shocked a bit and made my minds for this crazy Speed on a normal Highway.Not to think about the Reaction-Time in case of an Accident.:-(

A good car doesnt make a good driver. Hard to translate ;-)

Better is 110mph,thats enough, I think

Back to Topic: As a collector of german and bulgarian minerals I like your Pyromorphite from Bad Ems in your Lead Display. Do you have a "Close Up" from this old classic?

Best

Marcus



Marcus Voigt
10th Mar 2011 7:32am
Marcus,

There is a picture of the pyromorphite on my Mindat page.

In the US we have drivers who hold a high speed race accross the country each year and who use radar to avoid the police.

Best,

Joe

Joseph Polityka
10th Mar 2011 8:01pm
Joe,
Sorry I missed the show, first time in many years! Was Fred Parker still MIA again this year? Eric is great of course, but the show hasn't been the same without Fred's offerings! : )

Best of everything,
MRH

Mark Heintzelman
16th Mar 2011 1:44am
Mark,

I set up on Friday and went back to remove my exhibit on Sunday so I was unable to touch base with Fred. Fred told me he was there on Saturday but did not see much that interested him. According to Fred he stopped doing the show because of work related issues and economic reasons. I always touch base with Eric because he always has some interesting rocks. Are you going to Franklin in April?

Best,

Joe

Joseph Polityka
16th Mar 2011 2:31am
There is a 95% chance that galena is NOT from Paterson, NJ.

James Zigras
19th Mar 2011 2:11am
James,

I had my doubts from the moment I saw the specimen; the calcite crystals look more like those found in the Midwest. I have a specimen from the Cilen collection which has 1cm cubes, in massive calcite, from the George Washington Bridge area but none of those crystals even remotely approach the size of Wayne's crystal, nor are there any calcite crystals on my piece. I asked Wayne, via email, who he bought the specimen from but he did not get back to me so I dropped the issue. Unless an expert gets to examine the specimen close up, I will continue to doubt that it is from New Jersey.

Joseph Polityka
19th Mar 2011 2:41pm
Joe,
Probably not this year as I'm still hoping to make it to the estate auction on the 7th. Maybe I'll get to touch base with you and some of the other East Coast enthusiasts there?
Too many other "irons in the fire" for me these days to really concentrate on the mineralogical one, but only for a few more years and then I'm back to it in earnest! : )

MRH

Mark Heintzelman
19th Mar 2011 5:12pm
Mark,

I probably will see you down there. I understand, our children can quickly change our priorities.

Best

Joe

Joseph Polityka
20th Mar 2011 6:43pm
Hi Joe,

Excellent photo article! I loved the self-collected DE goethite specimens and appreciated all the photos. I took my time looking through them and noticed that Ken Casey's display mistakenly attributed a Navidad mine "lilac fluorite" to the Tule mine at Melchor Muzquiz. The correct locality is the Navidad mine (where all the orange creedite originates) and the fluorite rests atop a curious needle-like quartz matrix. Great job and thanks for the photos and commentary. I agree with the others on the NJ galena--it looks like it may be from MO (or Tri-State at the very least) based on the calcite morphology but I would like to see a larger photo. Take care!

Dana

Dana Slaughter
18th Apr 2011 1:52am
Dana,

Sorry for the delay in responding. Thanks for the feedback, I'm sure Ken appreciated your comment on the location for the fluorite. I hope to get an up close view of the galena sometime in the future and will let you know what happens.

Best,

Joe

Joseph Polityka
25th May 2011 1:45am

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