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1-3/4" Antique German SINGLE GATHERED DONKEY SULPHIDE

Item# GM2085
Judging by the long ears, I'd say the figure in this old German Sulphide is a DONKEY rather than a HORSE, which there has been some controversy over, but since it's my marble I'm calling it a donkey even though horses sell better--when you own it, you get to name it.
The figure, with average, hard to capture, detailing, is situated a little forward of center and a bit off to the left when viewed from the front, third picture. There is a large bubble on one side that is easily seen in all but the first picture. The pontail mark has near perfect placement on the bottom very near dead center.
As with all sulphides, the process used to make the marble is what is called a SINGLE GATHER, a very old, very slow, and very expensive process, that was mainly discontinued after the invention of the marble scissors in 1848.

CONDITION: NEAR MINT(+) 8.9 The surface has the nice wet shiny look that presents MINT in hand, and even to a large degree in these enlarged pictures; but, close examination with a bright light and 10x Jewelers loupe reveals a smattering of ultra-light, almost microscopic, wear.
I really can't find any further anomalies. Even the single pontail mark is as clean as the day it was made. Certainly never played with.
You may click here to view the grading system I use.

Size 44.33mm or 1.745" at the equator.

Click on the first picture for a greatly enlarged view.
Price $125.00

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