Gray Sulphuret of Copper Enlarge
Nov. 1. 1813 publish’d by Jas Sowerby London
British Mineralogy
Cuprum sulphureum arsenico-ferriferum

Gray Sulphuret of Copper

  • Class 3. Metals.
  • Ord. 1. Homogeneous.
  • Gen. 12. Copper.
  • Spec. . Arsenico-ferriferous Sulphuret.
  • Div. 1. Crystallized.
  • Syn.
    • Cuivre gris. Haüy Tabl. 86.
    • Cuivre et Fer sulfuré gris. Bourn. Catal. 223.
    • Gray Sulphuret of Copper, &c. Brit. Min. Tab. 358.

My kind friend, the well-known and scientific Mr. Stackhouse, of Pendarvis, favoured me with the best specimens I had seen of this substance from Cornwall, some six or eight years since, I did not then know that 1 should not sec better. I now believe there are not much better specimens, nor larger Crystals known. It is more common in small steel-grained-looking Crystals, whence this Ore has commonly been called Steel-grained Copper Ore. Its surface resembles line polished steel, with rather a whiter lustre; and my friends must conceive a little from the description, as our methods of imitation will not so nearly resemble this steel-like lustre as could be wished. The figure at the bottom of the plate shows the forms of the crystals magnified: the right hand figure shows the truncations on the triëdral angles, which are sometimes only one or two, and correspond with the planes of the tetraëdron or octaëdron; and are so irregular in size, as to confound young crystallographers, by disguising the other faces; especially among such shining groups in holes and corners.

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