Promicroceras marstonensis, Asteroceras smithii, Xiphoceras sp. – Jurassic – England

Promicroceras marstonensis, Asteroceras smithii and Xiphoceras sp. Ammonties

Jurassic

England

 

“Marston Ammonite marble”

A very special fossil indeed, a genuine piece of Marston Ammonite marble. From the collection of J.W Kerkveld, sold off at auction some 4 years ago. I was lucky enough to be at that auction but as fate would have it, traffic was awful and I only got there in time to bid on the last fossil lot of the day. “1 box containing Ammonites” was the description.

Unfortunately the entire collection had been split into over 40 separate groups of fossils but this was the only box containing Ammonites. The story of the Marston Magna marble is really something of a legend amongst fossil collectors world wide, mainly due to the fact that the exact location of the find has been lost to history…

Legend has it that a large slab of this charcoal grey stone was found within the confines of the church graveyard when they were digging a well and that it was found at 74ft depth making it hard to find. Although not actually looking for stone (they were after the water) they soon found a use for it making decorative headstones for the graveyard and a few table tops.

If you take a look around the British Museum of Natural History, you will see they have only one small marker stone left.

All the other headstones have been removed from the churchyard over the years by thieves, and as I have already said its down so deep anyhow that collecting is impossible so replacement of the stone is out of the question.

Specimen 01

This piece measures a huge 29″ x 16″ x 2.75″, (approx. 2 and a half feet by 1 and a half feet) weighing over 20kg. The piece was bought by us as an uncut, part prepared slab, and has been fully prepared by us. There has been no repair to this piece whatsoever. It exhibits stunning detailing of thousands of Promicroceras marstonensis, Asteroceras smithii and Xiphoceras sp. Ammonties. Beautifully intricate black, brown and golden Calcite replacement of the Ammonite chambers and suture lines, with original white shells still visible. The golden Calcite veins have been exposed proud for additional aesthetic depth.

The range of small Ammonites in such abundance supports the view that this fossil is a result of a mass mortality due to an Algal bloom in a breeding ground. This is truly a one-off piece of exceptional quality and desirability. A stable, attractive and extremely significant piece – one of the most prolific mass mortality fossils ever to have been discovered in the UK. A 100% genuine example with not a single ammonite stuck on! Each and every Ammonite has been painstakingly prepared. Worthy of the worlds finest collections. – Price: £11999.00

Specimen 02

This piece measures a huge 28″ x 16″ x 3″, (approx. 2 and a half feet by 1 and a half feet) weighing over 20kg. The piece was bought by us as an uncut, part prepared slab, and has been fully prepared by us. There has been no repair to this piece whatsoever. It exhibits stunning detailing of thousands of Promicroceras marstonensis, Asteroceras smithii and Xiphoceras sp. Ammonties. Beautifully intricate black, brown and golden Calcite replacement of the Ammonite chambers and suture lines, with original white shells still visible. The golden Calcite veins have been exposed proud for additional aesthetic depth.

The range of small Ammonites in such abundance supports the view that this fossil is a result of a mass mortality due to an Algal bloom in a breeding ground. This is truly a one-off piece of exceptional quality and desirability. A stable, attractive and extremely significant piece – one of the most prolific mass mortality fossils ever to have been discovered in the UK. A 100% genuine example with not a single ammonite stuck on! Each and every Ammonite has been painstakingly prepared. Worthy of the worlds finest collections. Price: £10999.00

Specimen 03

This piece measures a huge 22″ x 17″ x 3.5″, (approx. 2 feet by 1 1/2 feet) weighing over 25kg. The piece was bought by us as an uncut, part prepared slab, and has been fully prepared by us. There has been no repair to this piece whatsoever. It exhibits stunning detailing of over 1500 Promicroceras marstonensis, Asteroceras smithii and Xiphoceras sp. Ammonties. Beautifully intricate black, brown and golden Calcite replacement of the Ammonite chambers and suture lines, with original white shells still visible. The golden Calcite veins have been exposed proud for additional aesthetic depth.

The range of small Ammonites in such abundance supports the view that this fossil is a result of a mass mortality due to an Algal bloom in a breeding ground. This is truly a one-off piece of exceptional quality and desirability. A stable, attractive and extremely significant piece – one of the most prolific mass mortality fossils ever to have been discovered in the UK. Worthy of the worlds finest collections. – Price: £6999.00

 

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