This is one of the single nicest petrified palm specimens I've ever seen! This slab was part of the Jim Leicht collection and it represents one of the largest and most colorful of the petrified palms we've ever offered! The stunning color pattern reveals an intricately preserved fossil palmoxylon that is quite literally among the finest examples you'll ever see, in or out of a museum! Texas petrified palm is some of the hardest gem grade palm wood found anywhere in the world. That gorgeous combination of color is absolutely unique to the region and simply gorgeous!! We've recently offered palm specimens from Indonesia, Louisiana, Myanmar and Wyoming, but this is the first truly world class museum grade specimen from Texas that we've had in years! We've updated the polish on this specimen to make sure it lives up to your expectations and ours. The entire stone is glassy save for two small mineralized regions in the black field. I haven't seen good quality palm logs in this size in decades so this one really represents a time capsule opportunity at a serious collector piece.
NOTE: This specimen was acquired by Jim Leicht and became part of his amazing collection. The tags on the back were placed there by Jim and I've left them there for posterity and provenance.
This is a truly amazing, beautifully prepared petrified wood specimen that has been cut and prepared with skill. This slab was part of the Jim Leicht estate collection. Jim lived in the foothills of Mt. Hood in Oregon. During his long collecting career he amassed not one but two world class petrified wood collections. His first collection he sold and donated in the late 20th century to focus his passion on spheres. But even his sphere collection filled with petrified wood and his tastes and interests shifted again to the pursuit of world class petrified wood collector pieces. This piece comes from that second collecting effort which itself spanned more than 30 years. I had the good privilege of knowing Jim and we'd trade from time to time for pieces neither of us could live without. This slab is one of the few pieces from that collection to finally make it back into circulation for a new collector to cherish. Jim collected petrified wood from all over the world but, like many, was particularly fond of the gem grade wood found in the Pacific Northwest. I visited Jim's collection a few times over the years and always admired the breadth of his incredible specimens. He was "old school" and much preferred to keep track of other collectors and collections with frequent phone calls, which proved to be an invaluable source of tips and leads not just for him, but for everyone fortunate enough to be on his call list! Those of us who knew him will miss his friendly, passionate view of both the hobby and those who participate in it. The bulk of his collection remains in the hands of another private collector who has asked me to assist with offering a few duplicates to balance the collection.
This nice specimen represents a complete, full round cut from the center of a very large sized petrified palm trunk. The petrified palmoxylon wood from Texas is some of the most highly prized found anywhere in the world. They are so admired that Texas named it their official state fossil! The detail preserved in these specimens can be among the finest you'll see anywhere and a good one will polish like glass - just like this one was! If you don't have a good palm from this site in your collection you should really consider this striking masterpiece! It takes a fantastic polish which really brings out every detail in the finely patterned cell structure which is easily visible to the naked eye. Palmoxolon (petrified palm) is readily identifiable from the unique spotted wood grain that looks like a bundle of spaghetti cut in cross section. This would make a wonderful start or addition to any petrified wood collection!
This round is complete, was sliced from the center of a log, and features really gorgeous color patterns. The polish is world class - just what you've come to expect when you buy from Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary!
This piece measures about 15" x 13 1/2" across the polished face and is roughly 1/2" thick. Weight is 6.62 lbs.
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