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Häberlin, Rock Crystal Searchers

Rock Crystal Searchers on the Grimsel. Five of them with the characteristic stick, resting high above the valley. Wood engraving after Carl von Häberlin (Ober-Esslingen 1832 – Stuttgart 1911) for Adolf Cloß, Stuttgart. (1875/77.) Monogrammed in the stock: C H, otherwise typographic caption in German as above. 3⅛ × 7¼ in (7.9 × 18.3 cm). – With text concluded on the back on the hazardous life of the Alpine herdsmen, and even more so of the crystal searchers in the stone region above the alps:

“ Hard is the work, surrounded by dangers, little often the yield, lesser the pay. For they are rare cases only that one found crystals of up to twelve hundredweights in those caves of the Zinkenberg … ”

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