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FJD OR 128. South Fork Crooked River Museum specimen. Full round limb cast, cut and polished on one end and natural on the other. Bits of permineralized wood appear at one edge as if they sank there, all within bluish to yellowish gray concentric agate. No fillers/No glue. About perfect. Looks like a piece of wood made from glass, which is pretty much what it is. Nice eye appeal. An exceptional piece for all the right reasons. Perfection, beauty, and awe – The exterior wood impression shows the wood had been abraded prior to fossilization thirty million years ago. Also exceptional here is the color of the patina—something of a yellow/ochre that lends the whole piece a rare and beautiful yellow/ochre brightness. Excellent museum specimen size. It figures in Ancient Forests on page 219. 7 by 5.5 cm mirror-polished face; 18 cm long; two pounds and seven ounces. $600

FJD OR 132. South Fork Crooked River Museum Specimen. Nice cabinet size. Cut and polished on one end, otherwise as found. The polished face reveals a perfect, smooth image that evokes a rising cloud comprising many concentric rings of agate. Super fine grained. Attractive all around. No glue/No filler. 6 by 6 cm mirror-polished face; 4.5 cm long; seven ounces. $150

OR 58. Brogan Ghost Wood. Nice cabinet size. Cut and polished on one end, otherwise as found. Remarkably perfect face although a bit rough along one edge. Opalized. It is not a cast. Includes ghost of center pith and many growth rings. Knotty exterior. No glue/No filler. 5 by 5 cm mirror-polished face; 5 cm tall; five ounces.  $75

FJD OR 146. South Fork Crooked River Museum Specimen. Oligocene; John Day formation. Small full round limbcast that is all woody on the exterior and all agate on the interior, a rare South Fork. One natural end and one end cut and flat-polished to a mirror finish. The exterior is nice all around, displaying obvious wood impression. The gem polished face is a beautiful banded agate. Fossil wood and agate both. Glassy. No glue/No filler. Top eye appeal 41 by 51 mm polished face; 49 mm long; four ounces. $85

FJD OR 147. McDermitt Zimmerman Ranch Museum Specimen. Miocene Trout Creek formation. Full round branch – an old-time surface-collected piece. Attractive woody exterior with the distinctive reddish patina of Zimmerman Ranch. Pleasing shape on the end, like a clover leaf. Well-preserved diffuse-porous hardwood. Cut and polished on one end, otherwise as found rugged exterior. No glue/No filler. 38 by 35 mm polished face; 8 cm long; six ounces. $115

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