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description: <p style="text-align: justify;">Gene Schlepp supplied these copy records when I bought this important specimen from him. It shows that Clarence Bement (1843 - 1923) bought this specimen in 1875 when he was 32 years old. He was a prodigious collector since childhood and undoubtedly had contact with a lot of wonderful Michigan native copper specimens before he bought this unique piece. Mr Bement was a wealthy man since at least 1870 when he became a partner in an extremely successful Philadelphia based manufacturing firm founded by his father. His wealth gave him the ability to satisfy his refined taste for fine mineral specimens and allowed him to build one of the greatest private mineral collections in history. <br /><br />During the late 1800's, Mr Bement spent around US$100,000 on his wonderful mineral collection. In 1900, the Bement collection was sold to JP Morgan. He was an extremely wealthy financier. He presented the entire collection of around 12,500 pieces to "The American Museum of Natural History" in New York city. This important American museum continues to have a wonderful mineral collection including several great mineral specimens in addition to all of the donated ex Bement mineral specimens. <br /><br />In 1875, Mr Bement would have experienced a lot of high quality Michigan copper country mineral specimens. Since he was a very wealthy high profile collector with refined taste, he was probably continually approached by dealers with some of the finest pieces available in the late 19th century. This piece "stood out" to him as being special so he bought it. Today, it may be the only cabinet sized crystallized Michigan native copper on a druse of relatively large, transparent and lustrous quartz crystals in existence. Hence, this is an important American mineral specimen. Since I love mineral specimens from many American localities, I value this piece very highly. <br /><br />After this piece was donated to AMNH, it was appraised as being worth around US$5.50 in around 1900. In this era, steel workers and other men who worked in heavy industry were paid around US$1.50 per week for working ten hours per day for six days.</p>
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