Dragon Minerals - Update December 16, 2018

Click an image to enlarge. Click the locality for more information.

30896: Vintage ScienceCraft Mineralogy Outfit
50 x 26 x 5 cm (19 x 10.3 x 2 inches)
2.3 kg (5.0 pounds)
Item status: Sold

It was a kit much like this that sparked my interested in minerals. This example was manufactured in the 1930's or 1940's. Within the hinged brass hinged and latched wooden box we have 40 different, numbered mineral samples, an instruction book (1936 copyright), an alcohol lamp, nichrome wire, an envelope of zinc metal, a porcelain streak plate, five pieces of glass tubing, a bras blowpipe (patinaed with age), charcoal lump in a box, a wax candle, two test tubes, tweezers (probably not part of the original set, as these don't have a specific storage spot), a vial of cobalt chloride, and little wooden drums of sodium carbonate and sodium borate. I believe this set is complete and mint (so it's 'MIB' as they say) because the chemical barrels are still sealed, the alcohol lamp wick has not been burnt, and the streak plate is clean. The box and manual have minor wear consistent with the kit's age, but no significant damage is present. A fun piece of mineral collecting history (remember your first kit?) and hard to find (especially in this condition; a web search only turned up two other examples).

Return to update page   |   Return to Dragon Minerals home page