A passion for minerals

Over eighty lots of minerals from the collection of enthusiast David Briggs are to be auctioned as part of Tennants’ sale of Minerals and Fossils on 26th May in their Leyburn Salerooms.

David Briggs ARPS (Retired MIMgt) has been fascinated by minerals since 1958, when he was introduced to the subject after a visit to the Blue John Cavern in Castleton, Derbyshire. However, he began collecting in earnest after he wrote to the editor of Rockhound Magazine, enquiring about mineral collectors in the UK. This letter sparked a round of swapping minerals and visits with like-minded collectors in the UK and abroad, and Briggs’ collection was begun.

Briggs took a particular interest in northern minerals after a move north to work in Barrow Shipyard brought easier access to West Cumberland Mines. Whilst mineral collecting took a back seat for a number of years, it resurfaced when David retired as Publications Manager at BAE Systems. Briggs is a member of the Russell Society. Of particular note in the lots for sale are a large group of Quartz crystals on Fluorite from Groverake mine, Rookhope, Co. Durham (estimated hammer price £70-100), and two large display mineral specimens one of purple Fluorite crystals on Quartz from the Blackdene mine, Weardale and a dog tooth Calcite Dulcote quarry, Somerset (estimated hammer price £100-150). Further entries for the sale are invited.

The sale coincides with a two-day specialist collectors’ fair – The Yorkshire Mineral and Fossil Fair - on 27th & 28th May 2017 in The Garden Rooms at Tennants.

A fully illustrated catalogue for the sale of Minerals and Fossils will be available on our website leading up to the sale, alternatively please contact the salerooms for further details.