Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- Rohr collection part 5

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- Rohr collection part 5

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487

LIST 216

June 12, 2018

Dear collectors,

Here is the fifth Rohr collection offering. This was supposed to go out last week, but I needed to go to Denver Wednesday and figured it best not to send out a list and have only one day to be here to respond/ pack orders (though I got delayed and actually ended up leaving Thursday). Any offerings I send out the next month or so may end up being on an abnormal schedule (I originally planned to have lists, assuming I had something to offer, go out the first and third Tuesday of each month so folks would have some idea when to look for them). Linda’s mom (my mother in law) went into assisted living last Tuesday. It seems that as I know how to clean up/ out a house full of stuff (had to do this for my mom, aunt and uncle) the bulk of the cleanup work is on my shoulders. So, I will be going to Denver off and on the next month or so going through the process of cleanup, hauling trash, setting up and running estate sales in hopes to get the house on the market as soon as possible. This is a difficult, tedious and sometimes very dirty (as was the case this past weekend when I cleaned out the back patio, garage and storage sheds) job, but I have been in this rodeo a number of times before and know how to handle it. I have no set schedule for all of this but will try to leave an answering machine message for those of you that call letting you know when I am gone and when I expect to back. As far as e-mail is concerned – Nope, I won’t have any while on the road doing this job, unfortunately. Not only will I not have the time (I am averaging 12 to 14 hour work days in this job), the phone and associated internet service has already been shut off at the house (already transferred to Linda’s mom’s new place).

CAMEL DONGA, Australia: HED achondrite (Eucrite). Found January 1984. Tkw = about 30 kilograms.
I remember when pieces of this first came out. Wow – they had really fresh and super shiny black crust. This is a “find” so we don’t know when it fell but I’d guess that it was very, very close to when it was found. I say this because the pieces of this meteorite that came to market quickly started showing weathering (this meteorite does have sometimes large nodules of fresh iron in it). Specimens that were coming out just a year or two after its first recover were already showing a little bit of yellow dirt staining and loss of shiny areas of the crust. A few more years down the road and some piece were looking pretty bad. This piece is not one that was part of the first recoveries, but it is close. This does have some very minor dirt staining and a couple small areas where the crust has dulled a bit, but not much. Overall, this is still a very nice little shiny crusted complete eucrite specimen. This also comes with an IMPACTIKA label (that had this priced at $175 and then lowered to $150).
5.06 gram complete crusted individual – 18mm x 15mm x 8mm - $100

CANYAO DIABLO, Arizona: Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1891.
Here is another (the last, actually) of the really neat thin/ sculpted Canyon Diablo pieces Linton had. I am not uncertain that this was the thinnest (overall) of all the specimens. A neat piece that really looks like it was formed by someone playing with clay. This has been wire-brushed but probably could use a light touch-up (I have left it as I got it). This comes with a Linton Rohr Collection label.
69.2 gram thin/sculpted individual – 55mm x 40mm x 10mm - $70

DHOFAR (373), Oman: Ordinary chondrite (H6). Found October 8, 2000. Tkw = 383 grams.
This is an end that, though highly wind-polished, has a nice, rounded shape to the back-side (so this is NOT a broken fragment). The interior is the usual Oman meteorite find mottled medium to dark brown interior but it does still show a moderate amount of fresh metal flakes scattered throughout (less common for these Dhofar things). Most of the weathered Dhofar stones I have had over the years are L5 or L6 things, this is distinctly different as it is an H6. The best part about this stone is that it represents a bit more than 1/3rd of the whole piece that was classified under this number. I am not going to say that there aren’t other pieces that would pair to this, but at least this stone was obviously an individual and not just a fragment of a larger piece that had different Dhofar numbers assigned to it (though I really have not noticed this problem as much with the Oman stuff as with the “Sahara” and NWA material). A decent little display piece and possibly the “Main Mass” if much of any of the rest of the stone was cut into slices. This comes with a “Sergey Vasiliev Meteorites” label.
135.6 grams end piece – 57mm x 38mm x 22mm - $185

NWA (1664): HED achondrite (Howardite). Found 2002. Tkw = 6310 grams.
Now this is a fresh howardite! This has lots of different colored (mostly small – a few mm or so) fragments (white, gray, black, tan and even some nice bright green glassy spots) in a very light gray matrix. This has two labels with it. One is a “the Lintonius Collection” and another (likely the original one that Linton got with the specimen) that touts this meteorite to be “Unique” having KREEP and chondrule like glasses up to 1cm. This piece is a roughly square thin slice (so no natural edge that would have likely been coated with fresh black crust) in a 2” x 2” plastic display box.
4.5 gram slice – 29mm x 27mm x 2mm - $70

NWA (7045): Stony-iron (Pallasite). Found 2011.
Well, the Big Kahuna label that comes with this piece has it as “NWA x (unclassified)” but I fully recognize this material. I had a fair amount of it (and likely still have a small bag of it in storage somewhere) a few years ago. This was the NWA pallasite that had somehow (like Huckitta, Australia) managed to have all of its metal converted to magnetite and hematite without completely blowing itself apart. So, like Huckitta, this nice little end piece shows a number of nice (quite large) olivine crystals in a dark blue-gray matrix of magnetite and hematite. As mentioned above, the Big Kahuna label has this “unclassified” so I am putting in one of my NWA (7045) labels to go with this.
13.2 gram end piece – 35mm x 20mm x 8mm - $40

SIKHOTE-ALIN, Russia: Coarsest octahedrite (IIAB). Fell February 12, 1947.
This is a fusion crusted individual that has been cleaned. It has not been super harshly cleaned – as some of the material I have seen available lately for “bargain” ($2.50/g and under) pieces of this stuff. This piece still has a fair amount of actual fusion crust patches on 2/3rds of its surface (one side seems to be missing this). Anyway, a good but not great individual (and priced accordingly).
64.6 gram thumb-printed individual – 30mm x 27mm x 20mm - $145

WILLAMETTE, Oregon: Medium octahedrite (IIIAB). Found 1902. Tkw = 14,100kg.
This, unfortunately, is not the real iron portion of this meteorite but 4 small pieces of the exterior shale. Years ago, I used to get pieces of this from time to time, but have not seen any available in a long time. This “specimen” consists of four roughly equal sized pieces (around 1cm each). No label came with these (they look completely proper to me) – they were just in a clear bag with “Willamette, 2g, #220681” written with a black sharpie on it.
2.2 grams – 4 pieces - $30

Tuesday, 29 May 2018


PRIVACY STATEMENT - Blaine Reed Meteorites- Yahoo Groups and Google Blogger
(May 29, 2018 version)

Hi Folks,

It seems that I am being required to make a privacy announcement to all of you that are current members of my brmeteorites_list group and more (and it also seems that I will have to find a way to send this to anyone new who signs up for the group – even though I don’t personally know who new members are or when they sign up).

Dirk Ross, who takes my Yahoo groups postings and (kindly and thankfully) re-posts them on an open to the public blog contacted me last Wednesday (the day before I was leaving for Denver) telling me that I MUST quickly produce and make public a “privacy policy”. It seems that new privacy laws in Europe require this of me (under penalty of law) as I do indeed have some customers in Europe. I was told that I needed to make a privacy policy, get it to my European customers and give them the chance to be removed from my systems if they don’t like what they see (I am extending this option to folks everywhere, not just to those in Europe). He (Dirk) sent me a copy of a privacy policy from another collecting/ hobby site for my review and alteration for my needs. Well, I did indeed look through that particular privacy police notice briefly but a) I didn’t have time to do anything (I was leaving early the next morning) and b) felt most of this particular privacy statement had nothing to do with me or the various ways I reach people (this collecting site had log in user name and passwords, used cookies and had direct on site purchasing capabilities). As such, I completely ignored the situation for the time being. However, once I got back home 4 days later, I found a message that, due to my inaction on the subject, Dirk had felt the need to indeed take much of the text of the active collecting site’s privacy policy and post it as a front page of the blog he set up for publicly posting offerings from my Yahoo groups list. Some of you may have already seen this. My concern is that many of you may become somewhat concerned, given the rather detailed nature of that particular privacy statement (it has mentions of tracking, cookies, user names, passwords and purchase records). Here I want to set straight what is MY privacy policies. Anyone who feels, after reading this post, that these are not acceptable, please contact me and I will remove you from my brmeteorites_list Yahoo groups membership, e-mail contacts list and/or my hard copy customer file (there is nothing I can do if you are seeing things through the blog re-posts other than say – don’t visit the blog site if you have concerns).

Customer records kept:

First, I DO keep some records. I have an old-fashioned card file (3” x 5”) that has customer cards that contain customer name, address, phone and or e-mail. These cards also have notes as to purchases but only the month/year the purchase was made and the total amount. I use the purchase data for two reasons. First is that if I have not heard from a particular customer for considerable time (several years – longer if the customer had shown a fairly consistent purchasing pattern in earlier years) I remove them from my mailing list (yes, many of you do know that I do still actually periodically mail a paper catalog). I have also found these purchase notes to be highly helpful for retrieving info for customers later. I have had customers that have needed for me to look up something they purchased earlier (need the cost, size, date, etc) and these brief notes allow me (though with considerable difficulty, so please don’t ask for this unless it is really needed) to usually find the info they need. So, these purchase notes are mostly for controlling my mailing list but also can be used for the customer’s benefit (when really needed).

Customer credit card information:

I don’t keep credit card info records, much to the chagrin of customers who like to say “just put it on my card”. Each time a customer wants to make a credit card purchase I have them give me the required data either over the phone (most common), as several coded e-mails (rarely) or by fax (pretty much the only reason I still have a fax is that some overseas customers, rightly, feel more secure providing the needed data that way than by e-mails). When I am done processing a credit card order the card info (numbers, expiration and such) get dropped through a cross-cut paper shredder. If the card info was sent to me through several coded e-mails those e-mails are deleted as soon as I am done with the transaction (and I do not “respond” to any such e-mails as this takes the data in that particular e-mail and re-sends it back through the system. If any further contact is needed, it is done through a fresh new subject e-mail, not by responding to ANY e-mail that contains any portion of credit card data). The receipts that are generated by my credit card processing machine (which uses a land-line phone connection, not internet or cell phone) do not have your card info on them (years ago some did) – only the last 4 digits of the card and nothing else. Even those records (along with the actual receipt books of the sales that year) get tossed into a fire pit when I clean out old tax records later (usually around 7 years later, as that is how long the IRS requires me to hold onto tax records and the supporting paperwork).

Selling/ giving out of customer’s data:

Nope never have and don’t plan on ever doing it. I see this info as property of the customer, not mine (this policy has already cost me a big customer and friend – I’ll explain below). Years ago, I did have a new to the field dealer offer me $5k for my customer list (and, at the time, that $5k would have really helped). Despite the consultations of a famous now retired meteorite and mineral dealer telling me to sell, I did not. That new dealer went on to become super successful without the help of my customer list none the less. Another person (the big customer and friend mentioned above) wanted to do a book on pallasites and wanted a list of the people with collections of pallasites. This person was REALLY BIG in his main field (coins) and had done some really fantastic books along these lines. I still have his book on US silver dollars and it is an absolute thrill to read. It has history of each coin: general news of the year, area it was minted, how many were made, how many (and in what grade) are accounted for in large collections and estimates of how many are likely in small collections and sock drawers. Anyway, he really, really wanted to do a similar book for pallasites (it would have indeed been really interesting as well). He contacted me wanting me to give him a list of pretty much every person who ever bought a pallasite specimen from me, what different pallasites they had bought over the years and what sizes the pieces were. I politely declined. Unfortunately, it didn’t end at that. The demands for the info (he knew I had it) got rather heated at times. I finally explained to him that though I DID have the info he was asking for it was NOT mine to give. The best I could offer was that I could ask folks that had bought pallasites from me if they would like to have them and their collection as part of a book. No good, the author felt he needed all the data, not just of those willing to participate, to make the book factual and useful (true, I suppose). Anyway, what relationship I had with this person pretty much ended over this. So, the gist of this is – I have never sold personal customer info (either contact or purchases) and don’t plan to.

Data collected and used by Yahoo and the site hosting the blog re-posts:

I think this is the part Dirk was the most concerned over. Unfortunately though, I have no idea or control over what info these folks gather and how they use it. Yahoo, obviously, has your e-mail address (those of you that have joined the brmeteorites_list group anyway) or they wouldn’t be able to send you my groups postings. Yahoo also likely has some data on you if you are in my e-mail “contacts” list. As for the blog hosting site, I have no idea for certain but I would not be the least bit surprised if they have cookies (that are usually used for tracking and advertising purposes) and possibly more. Again, I have absolutely no control over this part of the equation. The only protection against this open door is to not visit the blog site, be removed from the brmeteorties_list group membership and/ or my e-mail “contacts” list. As for the parts of the brmeteorites_list group I can control: I did purposely set up the group so that members do not receive and cannot see each other’s e-mail addresses (but then, I am not certain it could be any other way, given that I am the only one that can post anything). I suppose it is possible that some computer hacker could figure out how to hack their way to that data if they really felt it was worth the time and effort though (something else that I really have no real control over).

I am sure I have forgotten to address something. Please let me know if I have and I’ll try to deal with it as I am notified of my failings. It is just that I am not very computer savvy and really don’t personally see a lot of privacy issues running business the way I do (paper lists, e-mail offerings you have to sign up for to receive and a blog site you have to go to on your own to view. Order processing by you needing to directly contact me and so on). Regardless, I have been told new European laws require it as I do have some customers in Europe. No matter where you live, all of this still applies. If you feel that there are risks with your personal data you do not want to take, please let me know. At this point the only actions I can take directly is to remove you from the Yahoo groups membership and or my e-mail “contacts” list if you are part of them and remove and destroy your customer card in my files if you have one. If you desire any of these actions, please contact me at brmeteorites@yahoo.com or call (970) 874-1487. I’ll need the e-mail address you are receiving the yahoo groups offerings at to find and remove that contact from the group membership list, the e-mail address that might be in my “contacts” list (if different from the one in the “groups” file) and I’ll need your name and address so I can be sure that I am getting rid of the correct customer card in my 3x5 file if that is the action desired. As for the blog hosting site – nothing I can do there accept say that if you feel that visiting that is a risk then DON’T VISIT IT!


Thursday, 24 May 2018

Privacy Policy- GDPR & ePrivacy


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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 215 Linton Rohr Collection Part 4

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 215
Linton Rohr Collection Part 4

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487                                                                                                                              
                            LIST 215

May 8, 2018

Dear collectors,

Here is the fourth Rohr collection offering.

CHELYABINSK, Russia: (LL5). Fell February 15, 2013.
This is a nice complete and fresh individual. It is pretty obvious that this was picked up early after the fall. Aside from a tiny (about 1mm x 1mm) late flight chip, this stone is completely covered in thick primary fusion crust. The photo of this might show some crust coloration that looks like rusting – dark reddish brown areas. This may indeed be oxidation BUT it formed during the fall and NOT from later weathering on the ground after the fall. This is not uncommon on fresh Chelyabinsk specimens. I have also seen this on Allende specimens but not all that many other meteorites. This also has an interesting 2mm x 2mm metal nugget poking out of the surface. A great fresh piece (that Linton probably paid a big premium for as he undoubtedly got this soon after the fall) that is in a labeled membrane box.
    10.3 gram fresh complete individual – 25mm x 16mm x 15mm -  SOLD
But I have others- contact me.

GIBEON, Namibia: Fine octahedrite (IVA). Found 1836.
This is a small complete individual that has been wire-brushed moderately. It has an overall dark brownish black color but there are some areas of original exterior (dark orange as I believe that this has also been oiled at some point) showing that this specimen is indeed a small Gibeon. Gibeons of all sizes have become very much in demand and prices have increased to quite surprising levels lately. This also comes with a Linton Rohr collection label.
    18.1 grams – 32mm x 15mm x 11mm - SOLD 

NWA (unstudied):
This is an assortment of 10 relatively fresh and mostly complete stones. One piece (the largest) looks like it could be NWA (869) but I am not going to cut it to find out. The others have a bit of a different look to them. Regardless, these would be great for people that have customers for small things or as gifts for people that just want to own a nice small stone meteorite.
    52.5g lot of 10 stones - SOLD 
But I have others- contact me.

NWA (2871): Primitive achondrite (Lodranite). Found 2004. Tkw = 3500+ grams.
This is a specimen that Linton got from me years ago and likely at a much higher price. I think I pretty much sold out of this stuff at nearly $70/g back when I had a good amount of it (I think I might have a couple small piece in my inventory somewhere). This is an end piece/ cut fragment that shows a granular/ crystalline texture on both the cut surface and the natural exterior.
    3.74 gram end piece – 20mm x 20mm x 5mm - SOLD 
But I have others- contact me.

NWA (4502): Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3). Found 2008. Tkw = about 35 kilograms.
This is another piece that Linton got from me years ago. It is an end piece that shows a nice smooth (wind-polished), rounded back side so this is not a broken fragment but likely a true ½ of an individual. The interior is dark, as is usual for this particular meteorite, but lots of (oblong) chondrules are visible on close inspection. This is an unusual CV meteorite in that it shows quite strong attraction to a magnet. Because of this, this material was first believed to be more likely a weathered CR meteorite before research work was done to sort out the issue.
    24.5 gram end piece – 55mm x 20mm x 10mm - SOLD
But I have others- contact me.

OUM DREGA, Western Sahara: (H3-5). Fell October 16, 2003. Tkw = around 17kilograms.
I kind of forgot about this stuff. Pieces of it were not available for very long. I know I have had it and sold it in the past, but never got enough of this meteorite to have much of it in inventory (unlike Chergach and Bassikounou which are my go-to fresh fall affordable stones in my inventory). This is technically a complete individual, though it looks like it has an end (20mm x 11mm) fractured off of it. This end, however, does show small spots of fusion crust formed on some of the higher spots so this “fracture” is really an area of very light secondary crust. The remainder of the stone is covered by nice thick black primary crust. This piece comes with a Hupe collection label that lists the name as “Amgala” – which is what this material was being called before the research work and reporting were completely done.
    15.0 gram complete individual – 30mm x 18mm x 14mm - $80

SIKHOTE-ALIN, Russia: Coarsest octahedrite (IIAB). Fell February 12, 1947.
This is an interesting piece. At first glance, it looks like a pretty typical but blocky shrapnel fragment. However, on closer inspection, it has smooth areas that look like they were fusion crusted/ thumb-printed surfaces (unfortunately, this has been wire brushed so any actual fusion crust on these areas is now gone). So, it seems that this specimen is more likely a “half-breed”- a piece that is indeed a shrapnel fragment but yet still has some of the sculpted surface that was on the exterior of the original meteorite mass before it got ripped apart in hitting the ground. I have seen some of these type things in the past but they are fairly rare. This comes with a Rohr collection label.
    90.8 gram half-breed – 30mm x 30mm x 20mm - SOLD

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- List 214 Linton Rohr Collection Part #3

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- List 214 Linton Rohr Collection Part #3

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487                                                                                                                               
                            LIST 214

April 25, 2018

Dear collectors,

Here is the e-mail version of my recent mailed paper list.

CAMPO DEL CIELO, Argentina: Coarse octahedrite (IAB)
CAMPO DEL CIELO, Argentina: Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1576.
I really hesitated to put these on here, as I really like to have multiple pieces of each offered item on these catalogs. However, year after year, I bump into these wonderful highly silicated pieces when I do inventory and have decided that they are too nice to keep leaving in deep storage. These are all really full of graphite, silicates, sulfides, (often in bands through the specimen) and look nothing like a typical piece of Campo. The two larger pieces are a bit wedged but could be split into thinner slices if one was so inclined. Wish I had gotten more of these when they were (briefly) available years ago (they were not particularly cheap back then either though). Again, these (unfortunately) are the ONLY pieces I have, so act fast if you want one.
1) Complete slices: Highly silicated:
a) 73.9 grams - 80mm x 50mm x 4mm - $130
b) 194.4 grams - 95mm x 70mm x 7mm - $240
c) 284.8 grams - 97mm x 80mm x 9mm - $300

NWA (8217): Ordinary chondrite (L5), S3, W2. Found 2013
NWA (8217): Ordinary chondrite (L5), S3, W2. Found 2013. Tkw = 490 grams.
This single stone was reported as being bought in Temara, Morocco in December of 2013. This is the last of the “prestudied” NWA meteorites I picked up a few years ago. These had some external or internal feature that made them look somewhat interesting (I don’t know what that was on this one – this looks pretty much like a normal moderately weathered L5 to me, both inside and out) so it was sent in for research work. This one, obviously, turned out to be common. I picked it up (as the original owner didn’t want to mess with it any further) and prepped it (cut and polished) for sale. Again, nothing special: a moderate amount of metal and sulfides visible in a medium brown matrix, just an affordable studied meteorite.
1) Slices:
a) 8.5 grams - 40mm x 15mm x 5mm - $11
b) 13.2 grams - 50mm x 25mm x 4mm - $17
c) 23.2 grams - 57mm x 30mm x 5mm - $28 – only piece this size.
d) 31.8 grams - 57mm x 44mm x 5mm - $37 – complete slice.
2) End piece:
a) 82.9 grams - 57mm x 43mm x 23mm - sold

NWA (5781): Ordinary chondrite (LL3.3)
NWA (5781): Ordinary chondrite (LL3.3). Found before February 2009. Tkw = 891 grams.
A single stone was purchased during the 2009 Tucson show. The Meteoritical Bulletin reports 2 pieces totaling 1060 grams because the find data for this stone got confused with another LL (an L/LL 3-6 breccia – now NWA 8738) that was submitted for research at the same time as this one. Regardless, cutting revealed a fantastic chondrule-rich interior. Chondrules of all sizes and many colors (along with some melt pockets) packed tightly together with virtually no visible matrix. This is fairly fresh. It doesn’t show much obvious bright metal (but I don’t think it had much to begin with) but it has a lot of sulfides, with many (if not most) of the chondrules being armored with it. I don’t have a lot of this material as I have already sold 2/3 of it. It seems to sell itself the few times I have shown collectors pieces of it in the past.
1) Slices:
a) 3.0 grams - 24mm x 14mm x 3mm - $36
b) 6.2 grams - 27mm x 27mm x 3mm - $74
c) 14.4 grams - 38mm x 27mm x 4mm - $165
d) 29.6 grams - 60mm x 47mm x 4mm - $325
e) 78.7 grams - 90mm x 50mm x 6mm - $700 – complete slice. Piece in group photo sold. This one looks very similar but is somewhat wedged (and thus priced a bit cheaper per gram than the original offered piece).

SAHARA (97096): Enstatite chondrite (EH3)
SAHARA (97096): Enstatite chondrite (EH3). Found 1997. Tkw = about 28 kilograms.
Actually, some of this was labeled Sahara (97072) when I got it (before cutting) but I am using the number that the Meteoritical Bulletin uses for all of the others being “paired to”. This is nice, fresh material. It has lots of fine-grained metal and lots of chondrules. This is a very primitive meteorite and I have seen a number of research articles on it the past few years because of this. However, I just discovered something surprising about it – it fluoresces! I had a fancy (and somewhat expensive) L.E.D. black light flashlight on my desk (a Convoy S2+). For grins I shinned it on the slices of this I was preparing to catalog. I was shocked by the results. This meteorite has lots and lots of tiny grains scattered throughout it that fluoresce a bright neon orange! Now I have something I can show the folks (I get some at EVERY show) that come in carrying a black light unit asking “what have you got that fluoresces?” (I used to have to say “nothing”).
1) Slices:
a) .70 grams - 10mm x 10mm x 2mm - $30
b) 1.6 grams - 15mm x 14mm x 2mm - $68
c) 2.6 grams - 23mm x 17mm x 2mm - $110
d) 5.0 grams - 34mm x 20mm x 2mm - $210
e) 9.1 grams - 50mm x 25mm x 2mm - $375
f) 17.2 grams - 70mm x 44mm x 2mm - $690 – nice complete slice!

NWA (8044): Achondrite (Howardite)
NWA (8044): Achondrite (Howardite). Found before February 2011. Tkw = 715 grams.
This is a case where an item turned out to be more interesting than what I thought when I bought it. I got around 30 fragments that I was told were “a weird eucrite” but looked like an old mesosiderite to me. Research work showed that this is actually a howardite with a lot of FeNi metal veins (highly weathered though) running through it. I asked if it might be a Mesosiderite but was told that it clearly is not due to its mineralogy. This is mostly pyroxene as the silicates of a mesosiderite would be but this also has areas of both basaltic and cumulate eucrite material. So now (hopefully) more work will (eventually) be done to determine the origin of the metal (likely from an iron impactor). These are all cut and polished fragments and don’t look like any other howardite I’ve ever seen.
1) Cut fragments:
a) 4.0 grams - 20mm x 14mm x 5mm - $48
b) 9.0 grams - 30mm x 20mm x 7mm - $110
c) 15.3 grams - 37mm x 30mm x 6mm - $175
d) 20.1 grams - 40mm x 34mm x 12mm - $220
e) 30.2 grams - 43mm x 32mm x 15mm - $325

VACA MUERTA, Chile: Stony-iron (Mesosiderite)
VACA MUERTA, Chile: Stony-iron (Mesosiderite). Found 1861.
These are pieces that I set aside around 20 years ago. Back then, I paid a premium for them as they are far fresher than the typical material from this find. Each of these had a flat spot ground into them to show the high fresh metal content of each piece. Cutting these revealed that they are indeed quite fresh internally and actually look like a mesosiderite should. In typical Vaca Muerta pieces, enough metal has oxidized to make them look much more like a chondrite (but then I’ve seen estimates that this stuff has been on the ground for up to 1 million years!). I can’t really call these “end pieces” (though many of them are) because of the flat spot that the original seller ground into them. This flat spot usually did not line up well for further cutting (either in half or slicing – but then these were really too small to slice) so I ended up with pieces having a sanded edge or areas of the back side polished. Anyway, these are really fresh specimens of Vaca Muerta that are rarely seen and representative of the mesosiderite type.
1) Cut fragments:
a) 8.9 grams - 30mm x 20mm x 6mm - $45
b) 13.2 grams - 25mm x 24mm x 20mm - $66
c) 19.9 grams - 45mm x 27mm x 12mm - $100
d) 31.9 grams - 47mm x 40mm x 10mm - $160 – only one this size.
e) 46.0 grams - 60mm x 32mm x 10mm - $230 – only one this size.
f) 107.7 grams - 55mm x 40mm x 14mm - $525 – has some nice eucritic inclusions.

IMPACT GLASS: Zhamanshin crater, Kazakhstan:
IMPACT GLASS: Zhamanshin crater, Kazakhstan:
I don’t think I’ve ever had or offered big hunks of an impact formed glass before – just small pieces that were single digit grams size to maybe a few 10s of grams sized. Here are some really big paperweight/ table display pieces I recently picked up. These are all obviously glass and not just dirt and rocks stuck together by a little bit of glass (which is what most impactites are structurally). This material is a swirled mix of dark gray/ black and green glass (most pieces are heavier on the green glass). These are from the roughly 1my old, 13.5km diameter Zhamanshin crater – where Irghizites (considered by many to be a type of tektite) are from (and, up till now, the only material I have had from this impact site). Most pieces are end pieces/ cut fragments but I do have a few thick slices available. Given the size of these things, US shipping on these will be around $6 to $10. Overseas, I’ll have to calculate shipping prices.
1) Cut fragments:
a) 239.5 grams - 115mm x 85mm x 20mm - SOLD
b) 281.0 grams - 100mm x 85mm x 30mm - SOLD
c) 581.2 grams - 150mm x 105mm x 30mm - SOLD
d) 766.0 grams - 150mm x 115mm x 45mm - SOLD
2) Slices:
a) 200.7 grams - 90mm x 80mm x 15mm - SOLD
b) 295.7 grams - 130mm x 80mm x 15mm - SOLD

Please note:
    I do have “group photos” of each lot of material above I can e-mail to those who want (please tell me what material you want a photo of). These contain the exact pieces cataloged under each name. I often have duplicate (well, similar sized anyway) pieces of many listed items. I generally send the first folks to order an item the largest available for the size. You can request the exact pictured piece if it is still available however.
 Shipping:  The post office has, once again, raised rates quite substantially. For small US orders $4 is now needed. Larger orders are now $6 to $14 (insurance is extra if desired – I’ll look it up if you want it). Overseas prices have gone up A LOT the past couple years. Now small overseas orders are around $13 (I’ll have to custom quote any larger items/ orders). Registration (recommended on more valuable overseas orders) is $15.
    I do have a fax machine that seems to work (but I have to answer it and manually turn it on), so overseas people can contact me that way if they must.  How ever, for overseas orders, it probably is best to go ahead and use my brmeteorites@yahoo.com e-mail.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 213- Linton Rohr Collection Part 3

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 213- Linton Rohr Collection Part 3

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487

LIST 213

April 3, 2018

Dear collectors,
   A note on the Denver Spring show: April 13-15th.
I don’t set up at this show but I do visit it. I have meetings with a few mineral dealers and such while in Denver for the show and I am happy to meet collectors as well while there. However, I cannot “poach” customers from the dealers that are fully set up and paying for being at the show. I really like to have folks try to let me know if a) they might want to get together during my time in Denver, and b) what kind of items they might like to see. Usually I bring mostly “re-sale” kind of stuff for rock shops and such. I always have some items for collectors as well but it would really help to know a bit more from those I may get together with (your saying you might like to meet does not obligate you to). So, please let me know if any of you out there do possibly want to get together at the show (I have a room at the hotel Friday and Saturday nights – The Crowne Plaza at I-70 and Chambers road – the same place as the fall show) and if there are any kind of things you’d like me to bring along (I have one person that has already requested that I bring my pocket watches for sale – something I likely would have left at home without the request).

List 213- Linton Rohr Collection Part 3

GEBEL KAMIL, Egypt: Iron. Ni-rich ataxite (ungrouped). Found 2008.
This is a nice little completely natural, left as found shrapnel fragment. It is probably a good thing that this was not cleaned as on its dirtier side (the side that was obviously buried) there a few small patches of dark bubbly melt glass (yep, this is certainly one of the really rare cases where a meteorite was indeed actually really hot when it hit the ground). I have seen this on several piece of this meteorite but it is not real common. This specimen also comes with a “the Lintonius Collection” (Linton Rohr) label and a M. Bandli collection label.
52.7 gram shrapnel fragment that has some melt glass attached – 35mm x 35mm x 12mm - $100

GHUBARA, Oman: Ordinary chondrite (L5), Zenolithic. Found 1954.
I kind of like this stuff for some reason (I have something around 15kg of larger whole pieces in deep storage). It has a bit of a different look to it. Some of this stuff, however, likes to act like a desiccant and pull moisture out of the air for some reason (I have several meteorites that do this). However, this piece is NOT one of those, thankfully. It is pristine, no rust (though there isn’t much in the way of visible metal). An interesting “fact” (??) about this material is that, from a research paper I read some years ago, Ghubara is a regolith breccia from the surface of the ORIGINAL L-parent body. So this was sitting on the very surface of the L-parent before it got bashed apart (supplying the Earth with lots of L-type meteorites in the process) a bit over 500 million years ago! This nice slice comes with a metal information tag (that stands on its own) and a David Deyarmin paper label that says that this is “from a 3kg fragment that was processed for Serge of the Comet Shop on February 20th, 2009”.
102.1 gram slice – 130mm x 48mm x 5mm - $120

NWA (998): Martian (Nakhlite). Found 2001. Tkw = 456 grams.
This is a little (1mm or so) crumb (.004 grams according to the Hupe Collection Label that comes with this) in a round plastic gem stone display container. Nothing real exciting but a cheap way to add a Nakhlite to your collection (I have one piece of this stuff remaining in my sale inventory but it is .110grams and is priced at $165).
.004g crumb in gem stone disk with Hupe label - $20

NWA (5400): Ungrouped achondrite. Found June 2008. Tkw = 4818 grams.
This is the stuff that was rumored to be “Early Earth” or such. Supposedly, it was (and may still be, I am not really certain on this as I have heard nothing since) possibly a piece of the Mars-sized object that hit the early Earth (forming the moon in the process) or material blown off of the early Earth that did not get tied up in making the moon and eventually fell back here as a meteorite billions of years later. This material is brachinite-like (mostly olivine) but its oxygen isotopes are different than other known brachinite type things. This stuff has oxygen isotopes that fall right on the terrestrial (Earth) fractionation line (leading to the “early Earth” hypothesis). This is a slice in a 1 ½” x 1 ½” glass fronted plastic display box and comes with a Hupe Collection label.
2.43 gram slice - 25mm x 15mm x 2mm - $90

NWA (5950): Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3). Found 2009. Tkw = 3.04kg.
This is an end piece that sits to display nicely on its own. It shows lots of darker orange and brown chondrules (most of which looked squished quite a bit) in a dark brown matrix. This is dark mostly because it has a high diamond polish. Polishing most meteorites makes them turn dark. You often loose the texture (chondrules and breccia structure) when sanding at around 600 grit or so. Polishing to a super high diamond polish brings the details back out, but does leave the overall look quite a bit darker. However, being that a diamond polish is a difficult job to accomplish (properly anyway) I certainly would (and did) leave this as it is. This comes with an Aerolite Meteorites (Geoff Notkin) label, which had an original price tag of $150.
21.4 gram end piece – 45mm x 20mm x 12mm - $105

NWA (7075): Ordinary chondrite (L3), S2, W1. Found May 2011. Tkw = 2815 grams.
This is a part end cut (it has one cut edge) that is sealed in a 80mm x 60mm plastic display case that has desiccant and two labels – one on the front giving the meteorite’s basic data and a “certificate of Authenticity” Mirko Graul label on the back. This is nice fresh material. The chondrules are fairly well hidden but numerous ones are visible with more detailed inspection. I think the back- side has fusion crust as there appears to be some on what little of the edges of that side I can see. As this is a sealed display container, I didn’t try to take it apart to find out for sure. Because of this, my “thickness” measurement below is just a reasonable guess.
19.6 gram end piece – 35mm x 28mm x 7mm - $95

ODESSA, Texas: Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1922.
This is a polished end piece that has not been etched. In fact, it was not even spray coated when I got it. There were a few tiny rust spots that I buffed off by hand with 600 grit sand paper (took maybe a minute doing it) and coated it. Note: the group photo containing this piece was taken before I cleaned this up and coated it. It is just as received in that picture. This is a nice, solid piece. It does not have cracking or scaling (like oh so many Odessa pieces often do). The front is mostly just bright shiny metal but there are some small inclusions (iron carbides and phosphides), one silicate inclusion and the hints of some etch texture remain. The back is completely natural, has a nice solid patina and, as mentioned above, lacks scaling. A nice little piece!
64.5 gram polished end piece – 40mm x 25mm x 15mm - $65

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 212

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 212

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487                                                                                                                               
                            LIST 212

March 20, 2018

Dear collectors,

Here is the second Rohr collection offering. This, and the next few offerings likely, will generally be the smaller specimens that I picked up from Linton’s collection.

List 212 Offerings (click on image to enlarge)
CANYON DIABLO, Arizona: Iron. Coarse octahedrite (IAB), Found 1891.
Here a couple really nicely shaped wire-brushed individuals. These are likely “rim specimens” – pieces of this meteorite that were likely found near the rim of the crater. It seems that specimens that were close to the blast got heat-treated to some degree (enough to remove any etch structure in most of these pieces, as I embarrassingly found out by trying to etch such a piece in front of a geochemistry class years ago). The plus side is that these pieces have neat thin-edges, sculpted shapes, as these two do. The Smaller specimen here comes with a Linton Rohr collection card. I could not locate the one for the larger (if it ever had one), but this piece has a better shape, in my opinion.
60.4 gram brushed individual – 30mm x 20mm x 20mm - $60
85.7 gram brushed individual – 55mm x 28mm x 15mm - $85

DHOFAR (644), Oman: Ordinary chondrite (L6). Found 2001. Tkw = 704 grams.
The info I found on this says it was found January 26, 2001, so the finder made it a point to keep track of that. This is nothing special, to be honest – a pretty typical example of a moderately plus weathered L chondrite from Oman (there seems to be an overabundance of L chondrites in Oman). There are some metal grains still visible in the central part of the piece, so it is less weathered than some Dhofar pieces I have had. The original stone found was not real big – probably less than fist-sized. As this end piece is over 100 grams I suspect that this could be the main mass if this stone was cut up into slices. Or, it could be that few pieces were removed – making only a few pieces available to collectors and, as such, a tough “name” to add to a collection.
    110.0 gram end piece – 95mm x 25mm x 25mm - $110

NWA (unstudied): Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3).
There was no information with these pieces except that they are CV3 (and they clearly look to be precisely that) and had not been studied. This lot consists of 4 obvious individuals with classic rounded meteorite shapes (though the fusion crust has long since been wind-polished off). The largest piece has a nice fairly large (7mm x 5mm) obvious CAI showing on the exterior. Nice pieces from an obviously larger fall. I don’t recognize these as being likely paired to any of the CV3s I am aware of so these are “unknown” at this point (but ARE obviously CV3).
    Lot of 4 individuals totaling 31.7 grams - $90

NWA (2822): Rumuruttiite (R4). Found 2005. Tkw = 1675 grams.
This is obviously a specimen that Linton got from me some years ago back when I actually had a fair amount of R-chondrite stuff available (it is kind of hard to come by these days). This part slice still has my small weight and name sticker on it and the information card I originally sent with it. This piece has one fusion crusted edge (about 1/3 of the edge) with the two other sides (this is triangular shaped) being fractured surfaces. This was one of my more favorite R-chondrites. It has lots of gray and brown chondrules in a mottled light brown (more orange actually) matrix.
    8.1 gram part slice – 35mm x 25mm x 3mm - $100

NWA (5793): Ordinary chondrite (LL3.8). Found 2009. Tkw = 3.5 kilograms.
I highly suspect that this is paired to my NWA (6135) material  (also classified as an LL3.8). This has the same look – lots of chondrules of many colors and sizes in a mottled light to medium brown matrix. This also seems to have the “exotic” clasts that some pieces of mine have (I have a few larger such pieces set aside if anyone is interested). In this particular piece there is an elongate (but fairly small – about 5mm x 2mm) green clast that looks very much like diogenite material type clasts that some of my larger pieces clearly show (as larger inclusions). This particular specimen is a complete slice of a fragment and was picked up by Linton from Geoff Notkin some years ago (for $89 if the price tag on the label is correct). It comes in a 2” x 2” plastic box and has the Aerolite Meteorites card with it. 
    8.9 gram slice – 30mm x 30mm x 4mm - $55

NWA (6704): Ungrouped achondrite. Found 2011. Tkw = 8387 grams.
I can see how this was classified as “ungrouped”. It is indeed a bit different looking. It is a mix of fairly bright green crystals (the bulk of the material) with brown to almost black crystals making up the rest. My first guess would have been a weird type of diogenite based on just visually looking at this. Real research work, obviously, showed that this was not the case. I have two pieces. One is a slice and shows a couple small pieces of metal on the polished side that is showing (both of these are in a 1 ½” x 1 ½” gemstone style display box). The other, larger piece is a natural fragment. Strange stuff.
2.23 grams slice – 25mm x 15mm x 2mm - $80
2.86 gram fragment – 19mm x 13mm x 6mm - $85

WHETSTONE MOUNTAINS, Arizona: Ordinary chondrite (H5). Fell June 23, 2009. Tkw = 2.14 kilograms.
I had a larger piece of this but, not surprisingly, sold it in Tucson (to, not surprisingly, an Arizona collector). This little piece got over looked as it was kind of lost in a bin full of specimens of all kinds, or it probably would have sold as well. Unfortunately, this is a really small piece. However, it is still obviously a piece of a fresh fall. It has a nice edge (its longest edge, thankfully) of fusion crust with the interior being a very light gray color. Not a big specimen, but a good way to add a really hard to get name to your micro-collection.
    3.5mm x 2mm x 1mm crusted fragment in membrane box - $40