David K. Joyce Minerals

Recent Activities -A visit to Kongsberg, Norway

In 1996, I was fortunate to attend a conference on mining in the Arctic in Svalbard, Norway. On the way back from Svalbard, I stopped in Oslo for a couple of days. I took the opportunity to take a one-hour, or so, train ride to Kongberg to visit the Norwegian Mining Museum. The museum is situated in a very peaceful, attractive area, adjacent to the old mines. My memory is getting hazy but it seems to me that it was very beautiful there. I realize that this is not a "Recent Activity" but thought I'd use this forum to show you some pictures of a number of the excellent silver specimens that were on display in the silver vault, at the museum, at the time. There are many more great silver sprecimens on display plus many other excellent mineral specimens in other parts of the museum but I'll just focus on the silvers. I've stated sizes or weights where I know or am reasonable sure of the size of specimens but unfortuantely I can't recall all.

 

Recent Activities -A visit to Kongsberg, Norway

Here is a view of the beautiful grounds of the Norwegian Mining Museum as it was in 1996.

Recent Activities -A visit to Kongsberg, Norway

All of us would be proud to have ANY of the specimens that were on display, in our personal collections. There were so many excellent pieces, small and large. This specimen was about 7.0cm, tall.

Recent Activities -A visit to Kongsberg, Norway

A mass of "wire" silver weighing 12kg.

Recent Activities -A visit to Kongsberg, Norway

Thick, beautiful wires of silver, probably 7.0cm or so across.

Recent Activities -A visit to Kongsberg, Norway

Crystallized silver with acanthite ps. argentite. About 8.0cm across.

Recent Activities -A visit to Kongsberg, Norway

I have a hard time calling this wire or even "rope" silver. It is simply a huge specimen of crystallized silver weighing 48kg!! I can't recall the size but it seems to me that it was 28.0cm across, or so!

Recent Activities -A visit to Kongsberg, Norway

Wonderful! I'm glad that somebody rescued this little specimen of silver with a calcite crystal from the smelter!

Recent Activities -A visit to Kongsberg, Norway

A nice specimen of wire silver with some calcite.

Recent Activities -A visit to Kongsberg, Norway

The silver specimens were all housed in a vault with a big black door. Inside the vault was a wondeful array of woden cases of various confgirations showing off the mineral heritage, particularly silver specimens, of Kongsberg. Along with the silver specimens were life-sized mining dioramas, showing miners at work.

Recent Activities -A visit to Kongsberg, Norway

You don't have to understand Norwegian to figure out what the silver specimens resemble and what the words mean.

Recent Activities -A visit to Kongsberg, Norway

Great shapes!

Recent Activities -A visit to Kongsberg, Norway

"Solv" is, of course, the Norwegian word for silver. A portion of the display, playfully showed off the various shapes of the wire silver recovered from the mines at Kongsberg.