No question, Teufelskanzel Thundereggs (Devil’s Pulpit) are one of the most spectacular German stones out there – black stormy agate sometimes shot through with blood red. They are like metaphorical stormclouds – hurricanes of the soul. Or indeed, the swirling horror-book styles of the devil. Stones you almost expect to see move like a time-lapse image of a cloud or the stormy surface of an alien planet. It’s rare to find them in any quality though – but I have been hunting hard for these, and here are some new specimens that truly live up to the name Teufelskanzel! The above one in one of my most precious thundereggs – a larger and unusually complete and finely formed specimen – the red eye of the storm without a doubt.
This was the specimen that first got me to apply the nickname Heart of Darkness – because it truly is. A chaos of black and grey – the symbolic evil that lurks at the heart of the human race, frozen in a stone that novels could be written about.
A little light relief among the Devil’s Pulpits – and quickly nicknamed “The Drip” for it’s curious shape. I tried for a while to sell this one unpolished, but no takers. So i polished it and it’s MINE now. A quirky strange little stone that i love.
And lastly another example of colour in a Teufelskanzel – a deep rich brown, spiced with the classic blood red. This is an example of just how fine the agate here can become on occasion. A complex and beautiful pattern.
I have recently been lucky enough to secure a large new stock of these, currently on their way to me. So there will be many more voyages into the heart of darkness in the future – and many more for sale . . .
See more on the gallery here: http://www.thundereggs.co.uk/germany/index_Teufelskanzel.html