The Clemente Collection

18 January 2021

Dr Josef Clemente (Born 28.11.1899)

It is always a pleasure for us to handle an old collection from anywhere in the world and the collection of Dr Josef Clemente from Southern Germany is a real honour.

Josef Clemente was born in 1899 and died on the 27th April 1987 in Gruttau, aged 88, his collection of over a thousand specimens laying dormant until recently.

Clemente was very passionate about minerals and often combined his interests of plants and minerals with trips to alpine localities in the Hohe Tauern.

His collection was varied and had contained many fine classics from German localities, including alpine minerals and international specimens and he was one of the early clients of the Munich Mineral Show in the 1970s.

Emplectite, Altenberg, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany, 5.9 x 5.2 x 3.3 cm

Erythrite on Quartz, Schneeberg, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany, 6.3 x 4.3 x 3.5 cm

Cassiterite, Inverell, Gough Co., New South Wales, Australia, 5.2 x 4.1 x 3.9 cm

Native Silver, Freiberg, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany, 1.7 x 2.7 x 0.8 cm

Smoky Quartz Japan Law Twin, Mina Tiro Estrella, Capitan District, Capitan Mts, Lincoln County, New Mexico, USA, 4.1 x 3.4, 1.1 cm

Gratonite, Rio Tinto Mine, Minas de Riotinto, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain, 3.7 x 3.0 x 2.8 cm

Until 1976 Clemente and his friend Friedrich Buntfuss took it in turns at being the leader of the VFMG - Bezirksgruppe, a mineral group formed at the University of Heidelberg; the so called “union of friends for Mineralogie and Geologie”. This group enabled mineral enthusiasts to find likeminded friends, exchange knowledge and share stories with each other.

Dr Josef Clemente at the Munich Show

Dr Clemente talking to Johannes Keilmann

Author: JH
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