Violet Property


Violet produced a total of 897,291 ounces of silver from 1919-1925 after which mining operations were suspended until 1951 – 1952.  Production numbers available from the 1950’s activity were grouped in with other mines in the Cobalt camp.  It is not possible to extract the numbers for Violet only due to the nature of the historical data, as records on the Violet property are sparse and incomplete.  The data and information relied upon originated from the Ontario Department of Mines, R. Thomson March 1961 except where other sources are cited.

Through the year 1966 over 25 million pounds of cobalt was produced in the Cobalt region, the surrounding area of the Violet property location.  Available data is not uniformly segmented by mine source with some exceptions.  No records exist with the respect to the amount of cobalt produced from the Violet property however it is presumed there was a significant quantity as noted by R. Thomson, March 1961.

Property History

There are five veins known to exist on the Violet property.  Vein No. 1 was discovered in 1905 which at the time was known as the Handy Mine after the name of its discoverer. The Violet Mining Company was later formed and since then the property has been commonly known under the Violet name.

Vein No. 1 is exposed at surface and was developed as a 65 foot open cut with a depth of 40 feet however substantial production numbers failed to materialize. The next ore discovery was made in 1917 when the Violet shaft (No. 2) was put down and exploration started at depth near the O’Brien claim.

Vein No. 3 turned out to be the principal vein on the Violet property.  It was first uncovered by a crosscut from the Violet-O’Brien and is not exposed at surface. There are no details available on the other veins at Violet.


Geology and Underground Workings

Most of the claim is covered by overburden on a bedrock surface of Nipissing diabase. Cobalt Series sediments occur below the diabase in the northern part of the claim. The O’Brien-Violet fault traverses the claim in a southeasterly direction cutting through the Nipissing, cobalt series and Keewatin formation.  Knight described it as being in the vicinity of the Violet-O’Brien shaft workings and stated that the dip is 80 degrees to the south in the cobalt series conglomerate on the 250-foot level.  On the 330 foot level the offset of the lower contact of the cobalt series is shown as 55 feet; assuming a dip of 15 degrees to the sediments which would correspond to a vertical displacement of 15 feet.

Source: C.W. Knight, Ont. Dept. Mines, Vol. XXXI, 1922

At present, the property is overgrown with native plants and bushes as would be expected after several decades with no work taking place. Future plans will focus on exploring for the cobalt and silver mineralization known to exist on the property in light of rising prices and the anticipated future growth potential in the cobalt and silver markets.