Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 157 - More Small Meteorite Rarities
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
July 22, 2014
Here is yet another offering of generally small but often quite rare items. This will probably be my last list until late August as I am out of “new” material for the moment and I will be traveling a bit in early August.
Part of that travel will be the Creede Show August 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This is quite a nice small show (actually, it is getting fairly large) and has a great selection of all kinds of things including fossils, minerals, rocks, lapidary supplies, and of coarse meteorites. This is certainly not a show that is all jewelry as most public “retail” shows have devolved to these days. I know a few collectors have threatened to visit this year (it’s a great place to escape the heat). If others of you think you might come, let me know what things you’d like me to bring.
ALLENDE, Mexico: Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3.2). Fell February 8, 1969.
This is a bag containing several small cut fragments. Nothing special but certainly good for micros or resale. These range in size from about 5mm x 5mm to around 5mm x 12mm.
5 fragments totaling 1.8+ grams - $12
FORKSVILLE, Virginia: (L6). Fell July 16, 1924. Tkw = 6067 grams.
It was reported that 4 stones from this fall were recovered. According to the Catalog of Meteorites, pretty much all of this one is in museum collections (though it is certainly possible that some has been traded out since the Catalog’s publication in 2000. All 3 pieces here are fragments.
a) .015 gram fragment – 3mm x 2mm x 2mm - $15 -- SOLD
b) .025 gram fragment – 3mm x 2.5mm x 2mm - $25 -- SOLD
c) .137 gram fragment – 7mm x 3mm x 3mm - $60 -- SOLD
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: (L6). Fell November 1959. Tkw = around 236 grams.
There is no fall info for this one, just a report of its olivine mineralogy. Regardless, this is probably the rarest (from a total known weight) fall I have had in recent history. As there was no report about this fall, I can only go by the pieces listed in museum collections in the Catalog of Maeteroties. That list shows only 4 museums with pieces totaling 236.2 grams! These pieces are fragments in a capsule.
a) .020 gram fragment – 2mm x 1.5mm x 1mm - $25
b) .146 gram fragment – 7mm x 5mm x 2mm - $100
MERUA, India: (H5). Fell August 30, 1920. Tkw = 71.4 kg.
It is reported that 6 stones fell, with the largest being 56.7kg. I thought that this might be well distributed, given the large total weight listed. However, it seems that right around 71kg is listed as being in museum collections so very little had gotten out at the time the Catalog o Meteorites was published.
a) fragment (around 3mm x 2mm x 2mm) in capsule - $10
b) .245 gram fragment – 6mm x 6mm x 4mm - $50 -- SOLD
MIGHEI, Ukraine: Carbonaceous chondrite (CM2). Fell June 18, 1889. Tkw = 8+ kg.
This is the meteorite that gives the CM’s the M after carbonaceous. I have had super fine powder of this fall in the past but I can’t recall having actual (all though small) fragments (at least at no time recently). I tried to do some research on the value of this stuff but came up with nothing. Sooo, I am just going to guess (but high maybe?) on this one. The largest piece comes in a small research vial that is then inside a bottle labeled “Mighei Meteorite ~ .45g USSR”.
a) .013 grams – 10 small fragments in a capsule - $20
b) .026 grams – 2 fragments in a capsule - $40
c) .043 gram cut fragment – 4mm x 3mm x 3mm - $75
d) .08 gram cut fragment – 5mm x 4mm x 4mm - $140
e) .117 gram fragment – 6mm x 5mm x 4mm - $175 -- SOLD
OCHANSK, Russia: (H4), brecciated. Fell August 30, 1887. Tkw = 500+kg.
This is a lot of fragments in a capsule. The largest piece is around 5mm x 5mm x 4mm in size. Total weight is around .2g or so.
.20g fragments in a capsule - $15
RANGALA, India: (L6), veined. Fell December 29, 1937. Tkw = 3224.5 grams.
22 fragments are reported to have fallen. This is yet another item that, not only was very little recovered, but pretty close to all that was seems to be listed in museum collections. All I have is a few small fragments, so my offering won’t be changing much other than giving a few collectors the chance to add this “new” name to their collection.
a) small fragment (around 2mm x 1.5mm x 1.5mm) in a capsule - $10
b) larger fragment (around 3mm x 2mm x 1.5mm) in a capsule - $15 -- SOLD
c) .155 grams of fragments and crumbs in a capsule - $50 -- SOLD
SHALKA, India: Achondrite (Diogenite). Fell November 30, 1850. Tkw = 3.6+ kg.
This fall is interesting in that, supposedly, an immense stone (around 3 feet across) fell but only around 8 pounds was preserved. I had a couple pieces of this in Tucson (can’t remember what I priced them at) but they, not surprisingly, sold before I could offer them on a list. I have around 5 pieces total (all fragments) this time and I think these will be the last I will see (at least from this source). The largest piece is in a small round, labeled “box” that all these pieces came to me in.
a) .15 grams – 5mm x 5mm x 4mm - $15 -- SOLD
b) .29 grams – 7mm x 6mm x 5mm - $30 -- SOLD
c) .53 grams – 9mm x 7mm x 5mm - $50 -- SOLD
d) .65 grams – 10mm x 7mm x 6mm - $75 -- SOLD
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
Here are a few more interesting items (many names I have never seen before). From the lot I received a day or so before my last offering in June. Most of these are certainly NOT cheap on a price per gram level. These were basically priced as a specimen, add a difficult (or nearly impossible) to obtain new name to your collection way. It was hard to guess a “fair” price on most o this material. I am certain that I have gotten some of these wrong on both sides (some too expensive and some, like the St. Michel from the last list (which sold in seconds and had more than 12 people desperately wanting the piece) probably too cheap. Anyway, I hope there is something here for everyone.
This is one I had to look up. I don’t recall ever seeing a piece of this one. Only one stone fell and it seems that the material has found deep hiding places since. Both of the pieces I have here look like they have at least some crust. Under magnification, this is quite interesting. It looks to be a loose conglomeration of lots of tiny chindrules. Wish I had a bigger piece to look at this way.
a) .027 gram fragment – 3mm x 3mm x 2mm - $20
b) .265 gram cut fragment – 7mm x 5mm x 4mm - $100
(L6), veined. Fell February 10, 1853.
Tkw = 16.7+kg.
Here is one that looks well distributed, amongst the museums anyway. However, I don’t think much of this one has gotten into collector’s hands. I don’t recall ever seeing a piece. The museum collection lists in the Catalog of Meteorites looks to add up quite close to the reported total known. Anyway, yet another “may never see it again” thing. The piece I have here are all just small fragments.
a) small fragment (around .01g or so) – 2mm x 2mm x 2mm - $10
b) .042 gram fragment – 5mm x 3mm x 2mm - $20
c) .065 gram fragment – 4mm x 3mm x 3mm - $30
There once was an man from Cass, who’s ….. Never mind. That one would get me in to trouble with someone out there (not “family” material. I can’t help but think of such things when I see this meteorite’s name. I don’t think that has been all that often over the years however. Anyway, this is one of the older falls I have had and probably in fairly high demand as such. These are all small fragments in a capsule. As you will see, I finally gave up weighing all the tiny fragments that came in as part of this collection. The torsion balance I use to weight these things is slow and cumbersome (but very accurate usually) and, for most of these things, the weight does not really matter as they are being sold as specimens and not by weight.
a) Small fragment (around 2mm x 1.5mm x 1mm) in capsule - $10
b) Medium fragment (around 3.5mm x 2mm x 1mm) in capsule - $15
c) Large fragment (around 4mm x 3mm x 2mm) in capsule - $25
I think I had a small fragment or two of this some months ago. I can’t recall if I put it on a list of if it sold immediately to collectors back east. Anyway, here are a few small fragments and crumbs.
a) small fragment (around 2mm x 2mm x 1mm) in capsule - $10
b) .03 grams of crumbs in a capsule - $20
c) .275 gram cut fragment – 8mm x 4mm x 4mm - $80
Years ago (20 or so perhaps), I had more of and easier access to this meteorite than Murchison. I really have had very few pieces since. Here I have only one substantial fragment and then a capsule of small fragments (around 1mm to around 4mm in size).
a) .15 grams of small fragments in a capsule - $30
b) 1.39 gram fragment – 17mm x 9mm x 8mm - $280
(H4), brecciated. Fell November 17,
1773. Tkw = around 4kg.
This is one of the oldest falls I have had in a long time. In fact, looking over the falls by date in listed in Meteorites A to Z, about the only fall I see listed from earlier that I know I have had a piece of is Ensisheim! So, this fall is the second oldest I have ever had. To add even more to the excitement, this is quite rare in museum collections. There are a number of museums that have substantial pieces of this but a few have less (sometimes far less) than a gram! In fact, the largest piece I have here is over 3 times the size listed in the Monig Collection and around 1.4 times the size of piece the British Museum (The Natural History Museum, London more technically) has listed in their collection! These specimens are all fragments.
a) small fragment (around 1.5mm x 1mm x 1mm) in capsule - $15
b) larger fragment (around 2.5mm x 2mm x 1.5mm) in capsule - $25
c) .097 gram fragment – 5mm x 5mm x 2mm - $100
d) .347 gram fragment – 8mm x 6mm x 4mm - $340
veined, brecciated. Fell August 13,
1904. Tkw = 18.6kg.
It has been awhile since I have had a Canadian meteorite and I am sure like those in the past, these will probably end up going back to Canada (or there possibly will be some upset Canadian collectors who missed out by being just a little too slow to respond). Anyway, as with most of what I have offered recently, these are small fragments.
a) .025 gram fragments (3 pieces) in capsule – $10
b) .13 gram fragment – 5mm x 4mm x 3mm - $30
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
Here is a small offering of some interesting items I got a few days ago. I know, this list should have gone out last week but I did not have this new material (or much of anything new for that matter). I will also likely be missing the next scheduled offering time (July 1st) as I will be leaving town a day or two later. I’ll be gone for the long holiday weekend and should be back home around July 8th.
Enstatite chondrite (EH4), imb. Fell June
9, 1952. Tkw = 107kg.
Here are a few small slices (actually, the smaller pieces are more like little bars with polished edges) or those of you that want a piece of this rare and important meteorite in your collection with out spending a fortune. These piece are all very fresh and show lots of metal and brecciation (even on the small ones). The “big” one is very nice (such that I was tempted to hang on to it for my micro collection).
a) .22 gram slice – 8mm x 3mm x 2mm - $15
b) .56 gram slice – 12mm x 4mm x 3mm - $30
c) 1.44 gram slice – 13mm x 11mm x 3mm - $75
(CV3). Fell February 8, 1969.
Here is a super fresh broken fragment that has some patches of crust (around 30mm x 10mm and another around 12mm x 10mm). Not much to look at honestly, but it might be a good piece to make some nice small slices (or thin-sections) from. The rumor I got with this piece is that the researcher that it had it years ago got it from Dr. King. Now way to prove that at this point, but this piece is fresh enough to make that story more than believable.
30.9 gram fragment with some crust – 30mm x 28mm x 20mm - $250
I got excited over seeing this one in the “collection” as I have never had a piece of
before. It seems I still haven’t. There were two small cut fragments (and some
powder) in a small bottle that is labeled “ ”
and gives an (old) address. This was then in a bag with a card labeled “ Klamath
Co. Museum Klamath
Falls”. However, close inspection revealed that this
had a some what grainy texture to it (Not something you want to see in an iron
meteorite). I checked it with a magnet and, sure enough, it did not stick, My
XRF says that this is mostly copper (around 60%) with arsenic (17%) and lead
(11%) and a bunch of other stuff. So, not a meteorite but the bottle is cool.
This was from an old research collection and I suppose it is possible that the
person who had this years ago was working on something from the area (that the had)
that was not a meteorite. No telling now. Klamath
Falls” museum labeled bottle containing two mineral
fragments - $20
Ordinary chondrite (L5/6). Fell August
14, 1992. Tkw = 108+ kg.
This was readily available years ago but I rarely see it these days. None the less, it is still among the cheapest of witnessed falls. This is just a nice fragment with a polished face (curved though. I think someone simply polished out a naturally broken edge as opposed to cutting first). This has some crust – an area around 12mm x 11mm. This is not one of the earliest recoveries as it shows some minor rust spotting but is still very fresh so it is not a late recovery either. This comes with a nice specimen card that is generic (no collection name) except a note that says something like “from Pieter Heydelaar” I believe. This makes sense as I know Pieter (a famous gold dealer that dabbles in meteorites a bit) had quite a bit of Mbale years ago.
3.3 gram fragment with polished face – 20mm x 10mm x 11mm - $15
Here is a really nice aesthetic little “micro” slice. It has one crusted edge (one of the shorter edges, unfortunately) with lots of metal and some shock veins in a nice mottled light brown matrix.
2.1 gram slice – 20mm x 10mm x 3mm - $15
I probably priced this on wrong. I know I have heard of it and had pieces of it in the past but I, unfortunately, don’t have any idea what this stuff is “going for” out there so I guessed (more than something like Mbale but less than L’Aigle). So, either someone out there is going to get a great deal or I’ll have this one in
This a thick part slice that is all cut sides except one broken edge (no crust,
4.3 gram slice – 22mm x 10mm x 10mm - $80
chondrite (L6), black. Fell July 10,
1916. Tkw = 1711 grams.
Now this one I priced high as there seems to be very little of it known and very little of it distributed. I think I have had crumbs of this in the past but this is a much larger “crumb”. This is a small cut fragment that likely broke off o a larger slice sometime in the past.
.26 gram cut fragment – 8mm x 5mm x 3mm - $100
Ordinary chondrite (L4), veined. Fell June
28, 1872. Tkw = 28.5 kg.
This is a small fresh flake/ fragment. Thankfully, its thinness actually gives it a pretty good surface area..30 gram fragment – 10mm x 6mm x 2mm - $25
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
I wasn’t going to send out an offer this week as I had hoped to visit the
Colorado Springs show
this weekend (leaving only a couple days to take and pack orders). I didn’t
sign up for the show as a seller (stupidly). I thought I had a couple schedule
conflicts that quickly evaporated once I made the commitment that I was not
going as a seller. However, a recent development has me trapped at home and in
need of raising some money. It seems that my car now suddenly needs a new
engine. I am not certain what happened but it happened quickly. I have had some
issues over the years with this thing randomly using oil at times (usually
weeks to months with no loss and then suddenly a quart disappearing over a
weekend, or so it seemed). I did a fancy oil change on the thing last week,
using high end long life synthetic oil and a high end long life specially made
for synthetic oil filter to go with it. I then drove the thing to Ouray (a town
about an hour’s drive south of us) and more the past week. Saturday I noticed
some subtle but strange and scary noises coming out of the engine on one of my
stops (glad I left the engine running for my quick out of the car there
otherwise I might not have had ANY clue to a problem developing). I got home
and put the thing in the garage. Sunday, having already forgotten about this
noise, I pulled the car out to go to a hanger party some friends were having.
Getting out of the car to pull the garage door shut I once again heard the
noise. However it was much louder and scarier this time. Back in the garage it
went (we took Blake’s car). On Monday I did a little more “research” (putting
the thing on ramps listening with a make shift stethoscope) into the issue. It
was very obvious very quickly – the engine is coming apart (crank and rod
bearings are pretty much gone). In fact it is now to the point that I don’t
even dare drive it to the shop that I plan to have put a new (well, a good used
anyway) engine in the thing around 6 miles away. I am still at a loss as to
what could have created this problem but I suspect that it may be a faulty oil
filter or just plain old-fashioned coincidence. When I checked the oil Monday,
that now supposedly had some 150 miles or so on it, it still looked like it was
new and had just come from the container. I know it is synthetic but it should
have had some coloration if even just from mixing with the little residual old
oil that is always still left in an engine when doing an oil change. I then
swapped out the oil filter (already thinking that this MIGHT be the issue).
Running the car the few minutes after this to diagnose the issue did indeed
seem to bring a little coloration to the oil. The new filter, unfortunately,
did nothing to quiet the noise, the damage has already been done. So now I have
only the big ugly (and fuel hungry) Suburban to drive until I get this fixed (I
can borrow Linda’s car from time to time but not for any serious trips and only
at times that she does not need it). I did manage to luck out and find a local
shop that has a guaranteed good used engine (with warranty) that has somewhat
less miles than my now roasted engine. Unfortunately, my car (a 2001 Subaru
Forester) has a bit of a rare engine (used in only 1 year I think) so this is
not going to be all that cheap. Linda’s more common 1993 Subaru could have an
engine and have it installed for a total of only $1300. The engine on mine
alone will run that much. With installation (and, if you are smart, a new
timing belt, water pump and oil pump) I’ll be looking at around $2500 or so. A
fair amount of money (particularly annoying as taxes are due in a week or so
again), but certainly a better option than buying a different used car and
finding it has ONLY the engine in good shape (the rest of my car is quite solid
and sound mechanically).
So, here is a rather slapped together offering of some odd (and mostly expensive, unfortunately) items that I had set aside for collection or display that are now up for grabs. ALSO, please look over the last few lists I have sent out (those since the beginning of March – Lists 149, 150, 151, 152 and 153. I have many (most?) of the items (or suitable replacements except for perhaps Fukang, and NWA (8302) at this point) listed on those offerings still available. I’ll be happy to try and make you a special private “car repair funds and quarterly taxes” price on anything I still have that you are interested in off of those offerings (at least on all of the items that are mine. There are a few consignments floating around on these offerings).
Note: Some of you will likely notice that I am no longer putting the “name” numbers in parenthesis. This may make it a little harder to read these offerings. However, I have been informed that having the parenthesis in my posts makes them very hard for people to find these specimens if they do an online search for these particular meteorites.
DAR AL GANI 476, Libya: Martian. Shergottite. Olivine phyric. Found 1998. Tkw = 2.20kg.
Here is a complete slice that I have been using as my Mars rock to let people handle. It is a complete slice but it is fairly thick (and thus safe to handle). This has the classic DaG look to it. It has dark (brown surrounded by black) inclusions (olivine) in a really obviously green matrix. Note: I will sell either this OR the NWA (6963) listed below but not both as I need SOMETHING to show people what a Mars rock looks like that is bigger than a thumb-nail sized slice.
10.4 gram complete slice – 40mm x 30mm x 4mm - $3500
10.4 gram complete slice – 40mm x 30mm x 4mm - $3500
MURCHISON, Australia: Carbonaceous chondrite (CM2). Fell September 28, 1969.
Here is a fragment I had set aside for a customer way back when I offered this on a mailed list around a year and a half ago. It has sat on a high shelf, forgotten (apparently by the potential customer as well) since then. I don’t remember who asked me to “set this aside” for them so now it is back up for grabs. This is a nice natural fragment that has a nice patch of fusion crust covering around 30% of the piece.
.56 gram fragment with crust – 10mm x 9mm x 8mm - $80
NWA 032: Lunar Mare Basalt. Found October 1999. Tkw = 300 grams.
I really hesitate to sell this one. It was (and is supposed to be) in a collection of Moon rocks I have on display at a shop in Montrose (in hopes that those people in that town that want to see what a REAL moon rock looks like will get a chance to do so). I had a customer that wanted a “classic” Mare Basalt so I brought this one home to offer to him. He wants something larger and thicker. I have a number of other Lunar meteorites classified as basalts, but this is the one that truly looks like a basalt you’d find here on Earth. Anyway, I have not gotten the chance to get this back over to the display in Montrose so I will offer it here but, admittedly, not cheap. I have no idea what this stuff is going for on the market these days. I am not certain there really is any available. I got this as one of my very first (after DaG 262 anyway) Lunar meteorites (certainly my first Lunar basalt) from Alan Lang many years ago.
.206 gram slice – 13mm x 10mm x .5mm - $600
NWA 6963, Morocco: Martian. Shergottite. Found 2011. Tkw = 8 kilograms.
This one actually has a known find location and coordinates. According to the Meteoritical Bulletin, this found in south Morocco near the river Oued Touflit. I got this nice piece from Steve Arnold in Tucson this past show. I liked it because it is an end piece and has nice crust (even showing some hints of flow lines) covering the back- side. The internal texture of this looks very much like Shegotty or the coarse grained areas of Zagami. This specimen has a few small dark shock melt pockets in it as well. This has a cut edge to it so it is not a “complete” end piece but this cut edge is such that the specimen is aesthetic none the less. A note on this one: As with the Dag (476) above, I will sell one of these but need to hang on to the other for display purposes (these two are my only “substantial” Martin pieces at the moment). So, the one that sells first is the one that I sell, the other I’ll hang on to (unless another sudden automotive or other disaster hits that is).
5.45 gram cut end piece – 30mmx 25mm x 3mm - $1700 – nice crust covering back.
NWA 8010: Lunar. Feldspathic breccia. Found 2013. Tkw = 58 grams.
Matt asked me if I wanted to “share” a new lunar meteorite a source of his had turned up. I was hesitant as it was a lot of money. Once he cut it open though, I was sure glad I agreed to take part in this one. This is completely different than any of the other Lunar meteorites that I am aware of. This has large rounded clasts with a brown/ pinkish tinge that are filled with smaller angular to rounded light gray to white clasts. This part is neat and different. However, the really neat thing is that these larger clasts are surrounded by thick black bubbly melt veins! This thing is full of vesicles. UNM has a grad student doing work on this thing (to see what gasses and its origin that formed the bubbles among other things). I had planned to wait until this work was done before offering this thing but circumstances change. This is an end piece and is certainly tough enough to pass around and let people handle it (this is what I was doing with it). About the only thing I can fault this thing for public display/ handling purposes are that is to weird, having the big, bubbly melt veins. I have had enough local trouble with a local loon that thinks he has been finding meteorites that contain gas bubbles. I really don’t want to publicly display this one that IS real and DOES contain bubbles to the locals (and why this piece did not end up as part of the lunar display I have in Montrose right now).
18.32 gram end piece – 50mm x 25mm x 8mm - $12k
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 153
Blaine Reed P.O. Box 1141 Delta, CO
May 20, 2014
Coarse octahedrite (IAB). ODESSA, Texas
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
BOOK: OUR STONE-PELTED PLANET by H.H. Nininger.
I picked this up in
along with a copy of Farrington’s “Meteorites”. I have read this one a couple
times in the past so I’m putting this one up for sale (I may sell the
Farrington later once I have had a chance to got through it). It is a pretty
usual used copy. It is missing the dust jacket and is clearly an ex-library
book (Nevada State Library I think). It is in pretty good shape overall, aside
from the old now marked out library labels (mostly on the first pages). This
may be actually be rarer (but, perhaps, not quite as desirable) than other
copies in that I think this may be the first copy I have ever had that does NOT
have Nininger’s signature in it. Anyway, a good reading copy of a fairly rare
Nininger’s “Our Stone-Pelted Planet” - $150
Arizona: Coarse octahedrite
Here is a tumble polished piece of this now very difficult to get meteorite. I got this as part of a collection that was mostly glasses (tektites and fulgurites) over a year ago. It looks very much like the small tumbled Odessa piece Robert Haag sold years ago – rounded corners, lots of bright metal but still wit black patches in the deeper recesses. I can’t help but wonder if this was one of the ones I heard about back when we (myself and a few friends) acquired the Guadalupe y Calve hexahedrite. While I was looking that over a guy had asked me how Robert “made” those nice little tumbled Odessas (which were selling about as fast as he could prepare them). I gave him my thoughts on how it was done and asked why he wanted to know. He said he had gotten a small “bucket full” of roughly thumb-sized Canyon Diablo pieces that were not only natural but had a white number painted on them. He didn’t like the appearance (or the number) and it seemed his potential customers did not either. I explained what these likely where (Nininger specimens) and their longer term importance to collectors but he was not interested. He also was not interested in selling them to me at anything near what those things would have been worth at the time (maybe $.25 to .30/g, I think I was paying around $35/ pound for Diablos those days). He wanted the much higher $1/g he thought he would get for them cleaned as this was the price Robert was getting for his tumbled Odessas (which, importantly, were very MUCH smaller than the Diablos). Wish I could go back and give this idiot the $1/g now. Anyway, I just have to wonder if this, actually kind of nice specimen was one of those.
30.9 gram tumble polished individual – 42mm x 15mm x 10mm - $40
Mars rock (Nakhlite). Fell June 28,
1911. Tkw = around 10 kilograms.
It has been a looooong time since I have been able to offer a piece of this famous meteorite. Unfortunately, this is among the most expensive (overall specimen price wise) specimen I have offered as well. However, this is also among the most "Museum grade” specimens I have offered as well. This is a nice, fresh fragment that has a very substantial (around 18mm x 13mm) patch of fresh shiny black crust. This is truly a rare opportunity for the Mars Rock collector (I have generally stopped calling these things “SNCs” as there have been a number of new type Mars rocks that don’t fit those classifications lately).
5.60 gram fragment with crust – 20mm x 14mm x 15mm - $15,000 – crust patch 18mm x 13mm
NWA (5546): Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3). Found 2008. Tkw = 3.8 kilograms.
I am not sure why this one is still listed as “provisional” in the Bulletin. The provisional report shows the history, type, researcher and everything but yet it hasn’t become “official”. I got a couple pieces of this from Matt late last year and finally decided to chop them in half while doing cutting work on other things on my 10” saw. This is quite weathered, has internal cracks and such but yet is fairly appealing on the cut surfaces. It shows lots of generally large chondrules of various shades of gray, brown and orange in a medium to dark chocolate matrix. These are fairly large and I may end up breaking them down if people really want smaller specimens. I priced these as the cheapest CV3 I have to help make up for the size.
1) Cut fragments:
a) 84.8 grams – 70mm x 50mm x 10mm - $250
b) 113.8 grams – 80mm x 47mm x 10mm - $340
c) 152.6 grams – 85mm x 50mm x 12mm - $450
This is an interesting solid really dark brown, nearly black individual. It has been cleaned or treated somehow but I am not certain how. It does not appear to have ever been wire brushed (at least not in anyway more than a really light brushing with a really soft wheel maybe). It does still have a couple tiny areas of natural fine sand or dirt in a couple recesses. I suspect that it was lightly cleaned to remove dirt and maybe some scale but then spent the rest of its life well oiled. Regardless, this is a good sample of this quite scarce (these days) meteorite.
276.8 gram individual – 65mm x 50mm x 20mm - $200
(H3-6). Fell August 4 or 5, 1998. Tkw = about 175 kilograms.
Here are some really fresh fragments of this important meteorite. This fall is one of only two chondrites (the other being
which also fell in 1998, interestingly)
that have been found to contain salt crystals that clearly show that water
flowed through these meteorite’s parent body at one time! These crystals, when
seen are bright blue or purple due to damage from radiation over the (billions)
years. These pieces appear to be natural fragments that are very light gray to
nearly white and were likely among the very earliest pieces to have been picked
up (I have a fair number of pieces that very obviously were later recoveries.
Let me know if you want any of these cheaper pieces). I thought about cutting
some of these as some pieces contain an interesting breccia texture but decided
against it. This was, though there is a very small chance that any of these
contain salt crystals, cutting them would most certainly destroy them if there
were any. Monahans,
1) Natural fresh fragments:
a) 6.2 grams – 20mm x 17mm x 7mm - $25
b) 9.6 grams – 22mm x 20mm x 10mm - $38
c) 17.7 grams – 25mm x 20mm x 15mm - $70
d) 47.7 grams – 60mm x 30mm x 17mm - $180 – has some obvious breccia zones.
DIAMONDS: “Carbonados” from
I remember reading some kind of “news” snippet in a Discover Magazine some years ago that said something to the effect that these “frothy” diamonds from
were likely associated with a meteorite. Furthermore, they weren’t from an
impact here on Earth but (supposedly) were already contained in the meteorite
before it hit! They supposedly have weathered out and are now found scattered
about the find area. This, to be honest, sounds really far-fetched to me. But
then, this is the attitude many took early on towards the theories that SNCs
were from Mars and the HEDs were from Vesta (both now accepted as fact).
Anyway, I tried to obtain some of these after reading that and completely
failed (one friend in the diamond business said he could help but I would have
to spend a minimum of $50k). I have since kept my eyes out for samples. I
finally found some interesting nondescript shaped, somewhat porous diamonds
labeled as Brazilian “carbonados” at the Denver Spring show a couple years ago
(and misplaced them not long after). I set one aside after rediscovering these
and the rest are listed here.
1) Natural “crystals” as found:
a) 1.1 carat – 7mm x 5mm x 4mm - $100 – light yellow color.
b) 1.6 carat – 9mm x 5mm x 5mm - $150 – light gray color.
c) 2.0 carat – 8mm x 8mm x 5mm - $180 – mixed clear and light tan color.
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
Here is the e-mail version of my “spring, after
” mailed list (just now reaching . Most of this is stuff I’ve had but finally
got through research (some, like the LL3.10 below took several tries to finally
get done). The hexahedrite (NWA 8302) and Fukang I picked up in Tucson
and was thrilled to get them. I am keeping a full slice of the hexahedrite in
my collection as it will be the first iron I have that shows a heat alteration
rim. I am hanging on to a piece of many of the other things as well, as several
of these are things I’ll probably never get as nice an example of (or any)
again (L-melt, LL3.10, Eucrite breccia…..)
I should probably note (and should have on the mailed version as well) that many of you, as I, have not received your tax refund. If this is your case and you are interested in things offered here, I’ll be happy to set things aside for you until the IRS sends your refund. So, don’t hesitate to ask me to set things aside. This is actually the case with ANY of my offerings any time of the year. I just ask that, if things change, to let me know if you have changed your mind so I can move the item on to the next interested party.
Hexahedrite (IIAB). Found before 2010.
Tkw = 22.4 kilograms(?).
I put a question on the TKW as the official report is the 22,4kg and the small card I got when I bought the stuff said it was 15.25kilograms total. Either way, this is a nice, interesting meteorite. It shows a good number of Nuemann lines as a hexahedrite should, as well as lots of small sulfide inclusions. However, this also shows a very distinct re-crystallized heat-alteration rim along the outer edge. I have seen pictures of this in iron meteorites but I don’t recall ever having had an iron before that shows this feature. I picked the full slices as they have the clearest heat rim. The cut pieces all also show natural edge with an alteration zone.
1) Slices: etched one side:
a) 26.5 grams - 36mm x 22mm x 4mm - $65
b) 46.8 grams - 46mm x 35mm x 4mm - sold
c) 135.7 grams - 97mm x 42mm x 4mm - sold
d) 238.7 grams – 170mm x 50mm x 4mm - sold
e) 275.9 grams - 180mm x 70mm x 4mm - $600 – complete slice, really strong heat rim.
Note: I may end up cutting up the complete slice if it does not sell as is. Let me know what size smaller piece you might like and I’ll try to end up with something close to that size if I do cut this.
NWA (7019): Ordinary chondrite. L-Melt rock. Found before February 2011. Tkw = 1315.8 grams.
I got three fragments (two of which fit together) from a dealer in
Tucson. It had a weird
green color and an odd texture that showed some fairly large vesicles. This
made both the seller and I suspect that this was an impact melt. The interior
upon cutting supported this hypothesis and later research work confirmed it.
The interior shows no chondrules, vesicles and rounded metal/ sulfide
inclusions in a fine-grained green matrix. This highly shocked meteorite likely
formed by a nearby impact that was large enough to completely melt this
material before it escaped its parent body.
a) 4.0 grams - 18mm x 15mm x 4mm - $24
b) 7.5 grams - 25mm x 24mm x 4mm - $45
c) 14.4 grams - 45mm x 25mm x 4mm - $85
d) 27.7 grams - 70mm x 40mm x 4mm - $160 – complete slice.
e) 42.4 grams - 75mm x 50mm x 4mm - $240 – complete slice.
2) End pieces:
a) 34.9 grams - 50mm x 38mm x 14mm - sold
b) 48.8 grams - 45mm x 38mm x 17mm - $245
c) 69.5 grams - 60mm x 37mm x 20mm - $345 –
NWA (7029): Ordinary chondrite (LL3.10). Found before September 2009. Tkw = 205.6 grams.
When I heard the news that this was a 3.10 I didn’t get too excited. BUT when I looked up just how rare such a thing is I began wishing it didn’t, more or less, take three tries to finally get this thing classified (giving up around 25 grams on each try). Currently there are only four LL3.10 meteorites known (including this one) and only another 6 classified at lower metamorphic grades (including Antarctic recoveries). If you include all the Hs and Ls (the rest of the “ordinary chondrites”) then you have another 16 meteorites known with this low or lower of a metamorphic level. Needles to say, these silces show LOTS of chondrules. Also needles to say, I have very little of this special material. I have under 100 grams TOTAL remaining.
a) 1.0 grams - 13mm x 12mm x 2mm - $50
b) 2.0 grams - 26mm x 12mm x 2mm - $100
c) 4.0 grams - 26mm x 20mm x 2mm - $200
d) 7.8 grams - 36mm x 25mm x 3mm - $400 – complete slice, lots of interesting inclusions.
NWA (7902): Ordinary chondrite (L3.7), W2. Found before February 2013. Tkw = 2.02 kilograms.
This is one I bought in
last year. The seller, rightfully it turns out, thought this was a type 3 as it
shows quite a lot of chondrules on the exterior surfaces. I wasn’t so sure, or
at least wasn’t willing to pay the big premium that was being asked on this
“type 3” (something like $3/g I think – pretty typical asking price these days
for a raw “out of the field” type 3). We eventually came to an agreement we
both could live with and one where I can offer this now proven type 3 for
substantially less than its starting price from the seller. The interior does
not show much metal (pretty much just sulfides) but is nice in texture. There
are lots of chondrules of many sizes clearly visible on this roughly 55mm x 35mm
cut face. The rest of the stone is
natural wind-polished crust and some fracture (secondary crust?). Nice as it is or great for cutting into slices (which I will likely do if this does not sell intact).
1954.0 gram main mass – 170mm x 95mm x 70mm - $4000
NWA (7252): Carbonaceous chondrite (CK5). Found before Feb. 2007. Tkw = 276.1 grams.
This is a piece that I sold after I had sent pieces off for the classification work. After several years it became clear that this was not going to get done so the buyer sold it back to me. More material sent off and the work got done this time. This was originally an individual that was completely crusted but had about 30% secondary crust (so there is likely at least one more related piece out there somewhere). I went ahead and cut the thing up. Slices of this, like most CKs, do not show a lot of chondrules (CKs average only around 15% chondrules in volume) but has an interesting greenish gray matrix.
a) 1.2 grams - 15mm x 9mm x 3mm - $18
b) 2.7 grams - 22mm x 13mm x 3mm - $40
c) 4.5 grams - 22mm x 20mm x 3mm - $67
d) 9.4 grams - 38mm x 27mm x 3mm - $140
e) 21.5 grams - 47mm x 43mm x 4mm - $300 – complete slice.
NWA (8162): Achondrite. (Eucrite, monomict breccia. Found before September 2013. Tkw = 297.4 grams.
This is one I wish I could have gotten more of. This showed some brecciation on its natural surface. The inside after cutting makes one say “wow”. This shows LOTS of lighter colored clasts of all sizes surrounded by dark highly shocked material. The material in the clasts and the surrounding matrix all have the same composition, making this a “monomict” breccia. This texture is likely due to impacts nearby on the surface of Vesta (yep, the Dawn mission data is finally getting out and it confirms that Vesta is the source for most of the meteorites classiied as HEDs in our collections!). I had this professionally cut (I hair too big for my saw) and highly polished on one side to really bring out the best in this stone.
a) .6 grams - 12mm x 10mm x 2mm - sold
b) 1.3 grams - 19mm x 11mm x 2mm - $32
c) 2.4 grams - 23mm x 17mm x 2mm - $60
d) 5.1 grams - 29mm x 27mm x 2mm - $120
e) 9.9 grams - 40mm x 40mm x 2mm - $225 – complete slice.
f) 23.5 grams - 70mm x 58mm x 2mm - $500 – complete slice.
(Pallasite). Found 2000. TKW = 1003 kilograms.
This is one that I offered (as a larger slice) on a recent e-mail offering. I picked this up as part of a collection I purchased from a German fossil dealer as a 100 gram square slice. It had never been coated so there were a couple small rust spots on it. In my attempt to put a new shine on this (using my antiquated polishing equipment) I managed to break it into several pieces – the ones listed here. All of these are still large enough to show the texture of this beautiful meteorite with its huge olivine crystals.
a) 18.9 grams - 60mm x 30mm x 2mm - $280
b) 26.4 grams - 60mm x 43mm x 2mm - sold
c) 53.7 grams - 89mm x 50mm x 2mm - sold
ACASTA GNEISS: Ancient rock from
. Acasta River, Canada
Here is something I picked up a piece of a few years ago and, when I mentioned it, I found there was a big demand for the stuff (my piece got whittled down quite a bit in supplying pieces to people). I finally got some more this past
These are small 15mmx 20mm or so) pieces mounted in a labeled perky box. This
material is, at this point, the oldest known rock in the world. At 4.2 Billion
years old this is not quite as old as most meteorites but formed surprisingly
early in Earth’s history.
Small (15mm plus) fragment in perky box – sold out. Will try to get more.
The post office keeps increasing shipping rates (despite the government’s official claim is that there is no inflation). For small
orders $3 should still be fine for now. Larger orders are now $12 (insurance is
extra if desired – I’ll look it up if you want it). The real increases came in
overseas (or even Canada)
shipping. These prices pretty much doubled from what they were a couple years
ago. Now small overseas orders are around $9 (I’ll have to custom quote any
larger items/ orders). Thankfully, it seems that the rate for registration
(recommended on more valuable overseas orders) is still around $12.
My fax machine has pretty much blown up on me. I can nurse it to work if I must (but often loose the incoming fax if I am not really careful). For overseas orders, it probably is best to go ahead and use my email@example.com e-mail. I generally get/ deal with phone calls quicker but I will try to keep up on checking e-mail this time.
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
I think this is my last “after
list. Now I’ll have to dig around to come up with new future offerings (I need
to get a mailed list pulled together soon as well – it’ll be a busy couple
weeks ahead). This is going out a bit later than I would have liked as I went
to Montrose (and took longer than expected) to look at some potential
meteorites (none were, unfortunately) and buy an old broken pocket watch. I
will try to keep on top of e-mails this afternoon but there may be a couple
issues. First, I do have some people coming over later (mine and Blake’s
birthday – now over the hill at 50 even) so I may not get to check as often as
usual. In addition we have ferocious winds right now. High winds like this, for
some reason, often knock out our internet/ DSL connection. Strange, I thought
it was all wires in the ground. Anyway, I’ll do my best to keep checking (the
phone should always work, though we lost power and phone for an hour or so a
few days ago during a wind storm as well).
(Eucrite), polymict breccia. Found December 2005. Tkw = 848 grams.
Two pieces that fit together were found about 30 meters apart. This meteorite contains clasts/ fragments of various compositions and colors – making it look very much like a howardite. However, this lacked enough pyroxene to be classified as a howardite. I recently sold out of what I had of this meteorite (and tossed out the remaining info cards) but then picked up a few more pieces in
Tucson (and re-made
a) 2.0 gram slice – 20mm x 17mm x 2.5mm - $25
b) 4.2 gram slice – 42mm x 20mm x 2mm - $50
c) 6.8 gram slice – 35mm x 25mm x 3mm - $75
d) 20.2 gram end piece – 40mm x 20mm x 16mm - $200
IMILAC, Chile: Stony-iron (Pallasite). Found 1822.
This is a beautiful ¼ slice (2 cut edges at right angle to each other with the remainder being a long natural edge). This is cut super thin so light passes through all of the crystals. This fantastic material has gotten hard (and expensive) to acquire these days. I think this is the first thin slice of Imilac I have had in several years or more. A simply stunning display piece.
22.9 gram part slice – 55mm x 55mm x 1.5mm - sold
NWA (769): (Eucrite), unbrecciated. Found November 10, 2000. Tkw = 712 grams.
I don’t think I have ever had any pieces of this meteorite before. I got a small lot of fragments, cut fragments and a couple slices at the show. Most of this does indeed look very similar in texture to typical Millbillillie but with much smaller crystal size (really fine-grained). However, a couple pieces do show some uniform (pretty much no crystal texture visible) light gray clasts. Most of the fragments and cut fragments have some (some pieces quite a lot) of nice dark crust that has not had its texture wind-polished away.
a) 2.0 gram slice – 20mm x 10mm x 4mm - $25
b) 3.9 gram fragment – 20mm x 15mm x 10mm - $49 – 12mm x 15mm crust.
c) 5.4 gram slice – 30mm x 18mm x 5mm - $67
d) 10.9 gram end piece – 23mm x 15mm x 17mm - $135 – back ~ 35% crust.
e) 15.8 gram end piece – 35mm x 17mm x 16mm - $195 – back 40%+ crusted.
f) 38.0 gram end piece – 55mm x 30mm x 17mm - $450 – back over 50% crusted.
NWA (7325): Ungrouped achondrite. Found 2012. Tkw = 345+ grams.
This is the stuff that showed weird green fusion crust on the rare pieces that had crust. Its low iron content, texture and other features have led some to believe that this may be from the planet Mercury (though others would argue that this material is far too ancient to be from a body of that size). Regardless, this is strange and unique material no matter where it came from. I have a few cut pieces and one fragment (that actually does have a small 3mm x 2mm patch of the weird green crust) that I picked up from Matt in Denver back in December but only recently got around to cataloging them.
a) .61 gram slice – 18mm x 10mm x 1mm - $580
b) .87 gram end piece – 14mm x 10mm x 4mm - $785
c) 1.54 gram fragment – 13mm x 12mm x 7mm - $1400 – has small patch of crust.
d) 1.68 gram slice – 28mm x 16mm x 1mm - $1590
NWA (8159): Martian. Augite basalt. Found 2013. Tkw = 149.4 grams.
This is one that brings up mixed emotions for me. I am thrilled at its discovery as I am the one that pretty much discovered this gem. It was in the “likely junk to go out to the rock garden” pile that a fellow meteorite dealer had at the 2013 Denver Show. He had me going through MANY (easily over 100) rocks to see what might be important (with the rain and flooding during the show, I had plenty of time for this and found it, at times, to be an interesting distraction). I saw this one in the “junk” pile and commented that it most definitely was a meteorite as it had clearly visible shock veins. Thankfully, he had cut the thing so I had a cut surface to run the XRF on. I expected the thing to come up as a Eucrite, as that is pretty much what the thing looked like. HOWEVER, the chemistry of the thing came up as MARTIAN! At that point, the owner said that if this turned out to be the case he would give me “a complete slice of like 20grams” (gads, I wish I had gotten THAT in writing now). Anyway, not only did this thing turn out to be Martian, it turned out to be a completely new type of Martian! It has some similarities to various features of Nakhlites and Shegottites but yet is overall different. I did indeed get a package from the owner containing a sample for my helping in the discovery once this was officially reported. It contained a 2.2g block. I double/ triple checked the box to be sure I didn’t miss anything else in the packing material. Nope, nothing. I figured more would come later after cutting. I checked the Meteoritical Bulletin report for the thing and it did list me as having some of this (but unfortunately not anything about my part in the discovery) and it did indeed confirm that my share was indeed 2.2 grams. Now don't get me wrong, I am thrilled to have this (certainly better than NOTHING which is easily what I could have ended up with). I guess I am being a little greedy myself. A couple grams certainly will change my month, but 20grams would have changed my year (but then, I would have found it really difficult to break up a complete slice). I split the thick block into two thinner slices and then broke those up into the pieces listed here. I have already sold some and am keeping a small piece for myself so I have less than 1.25 grams total to sell. The price is going to seem really high BUT this is right about what much larger pieces were selling (and pieces were indeed selling) for per gram in Tucson. The price has supposedly been raised (right after the show) to $8159/ gram. Given what the other unique Mars rock “Black Beauty” has been bringing, this is probably not all that unreasonable or surprising. Anyway, get em while I got em. I’ll give the contact info for the holder of the main portion of this material if I run out or you really need something bigger than I have here. All of these pieces are in a membrane box.
a) .042 gram slice – 3mm x 3mm x 2mm - sold
b) .080 gram slice – 4mm x 4mm x 2mm - $420
c) .115 gram slice – 6mm x 4mm x 2mm - sold
d) .335 gram slice – 9mm x 7mm x 2mm - sold
e) .580 gram slice – 11mm x 9.5mm x 2mm - $2900
SMARA, Western Sahara. Achondrite (Eucrite), polymict breccia. Found 2000. Tkw = 12.87 kilograms.
Here is a eucrite that came from the NWA area but has an actual name and known find location. In addition, this is interesting in that it is a breccia containing clasts of many types (including subophitic basalts, granular microgabbros and impact melt clasts). I have two piece that were once one; a long part slice that I managed to break (not intentionally however) during transport back home from the show.
19.0 gram part slice – 35mm x 34mm x 6mm - $230
25.1 gram part slice – 45mm x 35mm x 6mm - $300
SPRING WATER, Canada: Stony-iron (Pallasite). Found 1931.
Here is a fairly small block that I have left exactly as I got it. It is a piece that is cut on all sides. It has not been polished or coated but yet still shows bright metal (with no distinct rusting) and nice bright crystals. I think that this was an old research work piece as it is in a research type snap lid plastic vial. This also has the number 135d written on it in black ink (a big part o the reason I left this thing alone – handling while polishing or the spray coating material could have easily destroyed this feature) indicating that this was likely cut from the early Nininger Spring water specimen.
11.67 gram block – 17mm x 14mm x 12mm - $250
VACA MUERTA, Chile: Stony-iron (Mesosiderite). Found 1861.
This is a small cut fragment that came in as part of a collection. It is nothing special but the small (17mm x 11mm) cut face does show more metal than most Vaca pieces I have had.
8.0 gram cut fragment – 18mm x 13mm x 14mm - $24