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  1. The green is, from memory, just a different oxidization state of the copper that makes oxblood look the way it does... normally as a red opaque. Black/ox and white/ox are really the primary mixes but there is a big range in variation for end result to the eye. Typically on a "green brick" yes the green is much darker and can look black until backlit in just the right way. This is because the normal opaque oxblood does a great job interfering with transparency unless it happens to be very thin and at the surface as yours is. It is also possible to have lavender and blue in the mix with oxblood tracing the gather pattern (both very rare) and incidental oxblood in aquas which tends to be at the shear rather than throughout.
  2. Looks real to me...if it gets lonely I can think of a great home where it can be with it's siblings
  3. Could post singles too if that's easier and there's interest...
  4. Pelt slags also come in lavender, orange, teal and gray (in roughly increasing rarity) along with at least two distinct varieties of aqua and 3 distinct varieties of green one of which is brightly fluorescent under UV virtually identical to a type of slag CA also makes.
  5. The shear you show in the last photo is the type I associate with Christensen Agate. I can't tell enough about the other one from the photo to make a guess.
  6. Here's a green brick/oxblood slag. Edit: better photos...
  7. Not the same thing...green bricks if you can find a spot to backlight them show a deep transparent olive green color but otherwise appear black. This is difficult to do in hand so I'm not really sure how you'd photograph it. Moss agate is a more cloudy pale green/blue translucent to opaque and are much much rarer.
  8. Pretty dry in southern New England and I've been all over the place. The first destination seems to be eBay and when you do find something by chance it's either beat up or has been priced into orbit using an internet search to guestimate value. I see jar after jar of cats eyes and 1970-current stuff with the occasional unremarkable overpriced handmade. Salting jars is also pretty common where you'll see a $20+ jar of junk and one okay marble tossed in to get interest that is usually ruined or modern jabo/torch stuff that looks exotic enough to trick the layperson into thinking it's a gold nugget. My very best wild finds came from an unmolested collection from a non-collector in the business of building demolition who had huge jars on display in a cabinetry shop. I begged his wife to let me dig through on the promise that if I found something good I'd alert them so they could sell it. That turned up a golden rebel and about a dozen popeyes.
  9. Had a lot of contact years ago with him (and tried to rescue some huge purple slags before they got polished...but too late!). Great guy, always really nice...very sorry to hear this.
  10. If that's who runs the site then sure, I honestly have no clue.
  11. Does anyone have a contact for "Joe" or do they frequent this forum? The email link on the website returns a permanently disabled error.
  12. Doesn't look like the frit ones they usually have. Colors aren't as distinct and don't have margins that clean. I'd also point out it looks like whatever it is, it was possibly polished. The air pop looks to have clean edges and the color blobs look like they feather. Combined with an overall unusually uniform surface...
  13. Not a slag... Fluorescence is only really useful for slags on vaseline (green and yellow) and yellow (Christensen) or orange slags. The former turns green, the latter will turn orange in areas particularly on yellow.
  14. You can tell almost as much from the shear as you can the gather...lets have a look at the side directly opposite the one you've shown in your photograph.
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