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  1. German, easy way to tell is that the ends are typically straight seam to seam where CA will be normal-abnormal in an S shape. Base glass is also of a lower quality with less vibrant colors. Also, not a peach, they are pinkish/brown in hand but bright pink when backlit.
  2. Looks good for CA (ovalized 9, shear pattern, glass clarity/quality)...hard to find size as well
  3. Feathered Pelts have seams, they aren't always super obvious but they are there
  4. There do exist examples that are in the 3/8-15/32" range on the one end and 1-1/8" on the other. 13/16" is a very difficult size to find in particular. The larger sizes are almost always handgathered especially at or over an inch and are very rare. Peewees are desireable but not as rare as their larger counterparts.
  5. Short answer: Maybe Long answer: I'm not a packaging collector so taking a stab at one that didn't come straight out of a box would be iffy. I have seen examples claimed to be handgathered peltiers and to my eye at least they are fairly unremarkable in terms of distinguishing characteristics.
  6. Those two appear to be slags, the second is a bit more interesting than the first. That one may actually be a Christensen
  7. Absolutely certain its not CA, but if I ever turn up a peach one of these then there probably does need to be a conversation on who did what and where
  8. Title spoils it I guess...These do apparently exist it just took almost 20 years to finally find one that left no room for doubt.
  9. 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.
  10. Looks real to me...if it gets lonely I can think of a great home where it can be with it's siblings
  11. Could post singles too if that's easier and there's interest...
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Here's a green brick/oxblood slag. Edit: better photos...
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. If that's who runs the site then sure, I honestly have no clue.
  19. Does anyone have a contact for "Joe" or do they frequent this forum? The email link on the website returns a permanently disabled error.
  20. 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...
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. There is no separate room with marbles. When you walk in the main entrance you go past a desk that will be on your right, you make a left there and its 2 rows of glass covered cases. One case had loose marbles with handmades/contemporaries on one side and machinemades on the other the second case was original packaging with the entire setup organized in sort of an L formation. Imagine it like a huge open room with a very tiny portion off to the center-right of the building when facing the entrance from the street. The only separate room I saw was off to the far right end and was full of floor to ceiling display cases of glassware the museum is actually selling, i didnt see marbles there. In total I think there may have been 3(?) rooms, I did not explore the very back past the insulators, and was directed to the spot I described by the ladies at the desk when I told them why I made a detour through WV.
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