BLUE JOHN

Blue John fluorite is found on Treak Cliff near the village of Castleton, a few miles from Tideswell. It is typically found in veins about 3 inches thick in a variety of patterns and shades of purple and blue. It has been worked since about 1750, and fashioned into a wide range of bowls, dishes and urns which have graced many of the great houses of this country.

It would now be extremely difficult to find pieces of stone large enough for some of the great projects that were undertaken in this medium in the last century. It is, however, still possible to find pieces which can be fashioned into unique articles and the following are some of the items we currently have in stock.

 

 

 

 

Large nodule of the Winnatt's One Vein some 4" x 3", highly polished surface to show the characteristics of this vein.

750

Fine egg from the Five Vein in a "made-to-measure" Blue John egg cup.The whole stands about 3" tall with the egg weighing 8oz.

500

        

 

Small bowl from the New Dining Room Vein. 2" in diameter.

295

 

Striking Five Vein bowl 2" in diameter.

425

 

Delicately banded Five Vein bowl 3" in diameter.

495

 

Exceptionally large Five Vein egg 3" tall by 2" in diameter and weighing just under 1lb.

500

Small but very colourful bowl 1" in diameter.

295

Superb Cliff Blue Vein goblet standing 5" tall with the cup over 3" in diameter.

2,950

A delicate 5-Vein bowl 2" in diameter.

425

Paperweight some 3" square with veneers of Old Tor Vein and New Dining Room vein on a base of Derbyshire fossil limestone.

300  

 

Paperweight some 3" in diameter with a symmetrical arrangement of Blue John on top of a polished piece of crinoidal limestone from the "Once-a-Week" Quarry at Sheldon.

250 

 

Table-knife with finely-patterned Blue John handle. Overall length 7".

85  

Blue John chalice approximately 3" in diameter and standing 6" tall worked from the Five Vein.

2,500 
Blue John bowl approximately 2" in diameter displaying well the combination of blue and yellow (thought by some to be the origin of the name, from the French "bleu/jaune").
SOLD
Fine polished specimen standing 4" tall and displaying well the banding for which Blue John is renowned.

SOLD

 

An exceptional polished Blue John nodule approx. 3" x 2".

SOLD

. Blue John bowl approximately 2" in diameter with a really rich blue colour.

SOLD
Miniature Blue John tazza standing 3" tall, the top 2" in diameter. Absolutely exquisite!

SOLD

Blue John bowl 3" in diameter.

SOLD

Blue John specimen 3" x 3" (x 3" thick), one surface highly polished. A fine example of the Old Dining Room Vein from the Blue John Mine.

SOLD

Fine polished section of the Winnatt's One vein the polished surface 3" x 2".

SOLD

Blue John paperweight some 3" x 2" (x 1" thick) consisting of a superbly patterned slice of Cliff Blue attached to a slab of another local variety of fluorite, so-called "Tiger Stone".

SOLD

A. Superb bowl a full 4" in diameter, turned from nicely figured Cliff Blue stone.

SOLD

Blue John goblet standing just under 3" tall and approximately 2" in diameter.

SOLD

Antique Blue John dish.

SOLD


If you want to find out more  about this very special material you really need to read Trevor Ford's book "Derbyshire Blue John". Soft backed, 112 pp  and a wealth of colour photographs of some of incredible pieces of work. This is certainly the most comprehensive account of Blue John ever published.

Price (incl. postage) 7.50  $12

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