Colorado

Colorado 2. Museum specimen. Large log. Parker, Colorado. Tertiary hardwood from the Denver Basin. This log has a lot of character. It came from an old collection and was probably collected prior to 1960 in an area that is now covered with subdivisions near Denver. It appears to be a large branch that was violently ripped from its trunk, maybe by a yeti or a saber toothed tiger. Cut and polished on one end. The polished face has lovely golden color that looks lie caramel. What cell structure there is is indistinct. 39 cm long; 6.5 by 9 cm mirror-polished face; ten pounds and two ounces.  $250

FJD Colorado 6. Museum quality Tempskya fern. Cretaceous; Mesa County, Colorado. Fossil Tempskya is found in scattered location across the globe in Cretaceous deposits. The best mineralized (translucent amber color) Tempskya is found in Oregon. Utah is known for dull tan to black specimens. Mesa County, Colorado — which is where I live—also has a small deposit with limited fossil Tempskya fern fossils, generally small in diameter. Good pieces like this are extremely rare, as most of what is found here is heavily fractured. This full round is nicely preserved and even has a monkey face. 4.5 by 5 cm polished face; 5 cm long; nine ounces.  SOLD

Colorado 7. Parker, Colorado. Tertiary hardwood from the Denver Basin. Interesting specimen round of tropical-looking hardwood from an area near Denver that is now all sub-divisions. Cut and polished on one end, with the remainder as found, displaying an attractive, sculpted partly opalized exterior. A good example of Parker wood.  6 by 6 cm polished face; 12cm long; two pounds and one ounce.  $40