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|Description ||Slipper Ore. |
This must have amazed and mystified the ancient people, looking, as they do, so much like footwear. (This sample was the size of a normal adult slipper.)
"....the most celebrated specimens from this mine [Virtuous Lady Mine, Buckland Monachorum] are epimorphs of chalybite which grew around thin blade-like crystals of selenite or baryte which has weathered away."
"The name... derives from the miners' belief that 'they were moulded by the soles of the shoes of the antediluvian miner, or the shoes and feet of the small men, that is the fairies or pixies.' (Edmund Pearse, 1836)"
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