Thursday, 25 June 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 175 - Meteorite watches

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

…………………………………………………..LIST 175

June 24, 2015

Dear collectors,
  Here is your chance to buy, wear and show off a stylish new watch this summer. I have a group photo of these loaded in my computer and ready to send to anyone interested.

Here is a selection of wrist- watches that were brought to me in Tucson. These belonged to a collector (not from the original source) who bought these years ago at a show in Europe. Regardless, all but one are in brand new, unworn condition. The three that are quartz movements have also had new batteries put in them. These three also come with certificates (in German I think) stating that they are meteorite watches.

a) GIBEON faced watch.
This is the smallest sized watch of the group, and is, by far the lightest as the case is made out of Titanium. This is also the only watch that shows any sign of use (I was told it was worn a couple times and then set aside). The dial (27mm diameter) shows a nice typical Gibeon fine octahedrite etch and gold tone hands. The case and buckle are a nice brushed gray titanium metal. This has an orange- brown leather band. - $150

b) DAMASCUS style dial face:
This is probably the largest watch of the group (about 40mm diameter). The dial itself is around 32mm diameter and has the wavy bands of light and dark layers like a damascus forged knife. I have no idea what meteorite this was made from, unfortunately. Regardless, it is a good looking item. The case looks to be mostly polished stainless (and the XRF says the same). The 4mm wide rim around the crystal is brushed and has engraved roman numerals which makes it easier to accurately set and read this watch (this is the ONLY watch of the group that has numbers for reference). This comes with a black leather band. The original price (sticker is still on this) was $300. Now yours for $200

c) GIBEON faced watch:
This is a fairly simple watch by overall design but has an artistic flare. It is a basic brushed stainless steel case on a black likely leather band. The dial (28mm diameter) is etched Gibeon and has simple black hands. The interesting feature of this watch is that it has a couple dozen or so tiny faceted gem stones (likely cubic zirconia. They sparkle really bright but I doubt they used actual diamonds here) that free-float between two glass plates above the dial. No purpose, but quite eye-catching in the light. This didn’t have any original price info with it but I suspect that it was not terribly cheap as it comes in an interesting (custom?) holder/ display box. - $225

d) TOLUCA (?) faced watch.
This one is my favorite of the group. This is partly because it is the only mechanical (wind-up) of the group (no batteries needed but if you forget to wind it you won’t know what time it is) and partly for its style. The dial (26mm diameter) has a cut-away area that allows some of the winding and setting mechanisms to be seen (that are normally hidden under the dial). I cannot be certain that this is Toluca but it has an etch that certainly looks similar to Toluca (though perhaps just a but smaller in plate size than some I’ve seen) and I know this was a popular meteorite for high end watch dials years ago. This is an 18 jewel movement (no maker info that I could see) and also has another high end feature (that I don’t have on any of my mechanical watches in my collection) it has an alarm! The original price sticker is still on this one and it was $500. It can now be yours for $350

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 174 - some special irons

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 174 - some special irons

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

…………………………………………………..LIST 174

May 19, 2015

Dear collectors,

I hadn’t planned on having a list this week as I was supposed to be in Phoenix running a “garage” sale for my uncle in Cave Creek (so he can move to a smaller place on the other side of town). That has gotten delayed for several reasons so I am home this week after all.

Anyway, I picked up (and re-discovered) some really neat irons for this offering. All of these have something special about them. This list is a little bigger than usual I admit. However, I figured that this partly makes up for the fact that it is very unlikely that I’ll have an offering at all in early June.

BOTTLE OPENERS: “natural” meteorites that work as bottle openers.
I bought a Canyon Diablo (for a quite high price at the time) that works well as a bottle opener close to 30 years ago. I use it often at shows. Every time I use it, people want to buy it. Nope, still keeping that one (though these seem to work even a bit better, perhaps). One of these is a sand-blasted Canyon Diablo that I had out for sale in Tucson (for $1/g). Someone pointed out that it looked like it might work well as a bottle opener. A little “testing” showed it indeed did. I set it aside and forgot I had it until recently discovering a Gebel Kamil (Natural exterior) that looked like it might work as well to remind me. To be honest, these don’t work best (but they do still work) if you just go at a bottle the way you’d first think (even my old Diablo is this way – you hold it at an angle to the cap, not straight on and it works great). So, I bought a couple 6-packs and experimented over a few days (Blake helped as well). It turns out that with a little practice (buy something you enjoy drinking for practice) these work great. I have marked each with a white spot that shows the edge(s) that you should place under the edge of the bottle cap for the most effective use that I found (your experimentation may show that another angle may ultimately be better). So, buy your bottle opener today and enjoy this summer’s beverages in a semi-unique way.
a) Canyon Diablo, Arizona: 185.5 grams – 70mm x 35mm x 18mm - $170
b) Gebel Kamil, Egypt: 493.2 grams – 100mm x 60mm x 28mm - $350

CANYON DIABLO, Arizona: Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1891.
Here are three specimens (actually 4 as one “specimen” here actually contains two pieces) that are truly top-notch pieces for this famous meteorite. Two of these (well three actually) are really nice sculpted pieces with thumb-printed shapes and sharp edges. The middle sized one has the more usual rounded edges but is also nicely sculpted. As an added bonus, this one has a large hole through the center of it.

a) 393.1 gram sculpted individual – 65mm x 55mm x 28mm - $350
This is one of the nicest pieces of Canyon Diablo I have had in years this size. It has a great thumb-printed sharp edged shape. It has also been highly brushed. Frankly, this piece would be VERY easy to mistake for a nice small Gibeon individual.

b) 589.1 gram individual with large hole – 55mm x 50mm x 50mm - $700
This piece has a nice sculpted shape, though its edges are rounded. The piece’s best feature though is a large hole (roughly 12mm x 5mm at its smallest) deep through the center of it. I have seen plenty of pieces that have a hole near an edge/ through a thin spot on the specimen. However, this piece is very blocky (no real thin edges) and the hole is basically through the center. It starts out as large deep pits on either side of the specimen. It was the process of cleaning (removing caliche, dirt, etc.) that eventually showed that these “surface pits” were actually connected by a hole deep in the center of the specimen. Great piece (I have photos ready to send out) and the first Diablo I have had in many, many years that has a hole.

c) Canyon Diablo “Meteor Crater” display.
Here is a really well done desk display set. It consists of two really nice Canyon Diablo meteorites in a plexiglass box. Both meteorites are nice, but the largest is superb. The small specimen is a long, thin sculpted piece of 9.5 grams (37mm x 13mm x 4mm) that has been left natural. The larger is a fantastic long thumb-printed/ sharp edged piece weighing 940 grams (140mm x 55mm x 25mm) that has been lightly brushed. Both of these would be very easy to mistake for a nice Gibeon individual. In fact, when I first received pictures of these pieces, that is exactly what I thought they were. However, something even more special about the large piece showed the truth of their origin. It turns out that upon inspection, the large piece has a Monig number painted on it. It is a little beat up but it can still be clearly made out as M13.9. Looking up Canyon Diablo in the Monig collection books clearly shows that Canyon Diablo was M13 in his collection. I don’t recall ever having a Monig Diablo before so I suspect that these are fairly rare. Anyway, both of these pieces are housed in a heavy plexiglass display box (lid easily lifts off) that someone has made with a very natural looking ground surface (kind of looks like the dirt in the Meteor Crater area). There are cut out areas (recessed) that have information about the meteorites (including small area under each noting its weight). A really cool item (photos ready to send).
Canyon Diablo Display with two specimens - $1500

GEBEL KAMIL, Egypt. Ni-rich ataxite. Found 2008.
I know, I have offered pieces of this a couple times in the past (usually at a somewhat higher price). However, these have a special feature that I have only seen on a few other pieces of this meteorite – slaggy melt glass patches. I know, meteorites do NOT come down hot (despite what bad Sci-Fi films have the general public believing). However, these particular pieces clearly were very hot when they hit the desert sand. Each of these has a patch (usually small but my smallest specimen has the biggest patch, oddly) of black (with white clasts) bubbly glass that was formed from some of the desert sand and rocks melting when they came into contact with these obviously very hot meteorites during the impact. On the listings below, the first measurements are the rough overall size of the specimen and the second (after the price) is the rough area of obvious melt glass. I have tried to price these at (or below), for the most part, of what usual specimens of this meteorite typically sell for (I got a fairly good deal on a bag of pieces). These all are basically natural but have been air/ soda-blasted to remove loose dirt.
1) Natural individuals: All showing some attached melted sand blobs.
a) 66.8 grams – 50mm x 30mm x 12mm - $70 – melt glass 20mm x 6mm.
b) 100.4 grams – 63mm x 34mm x 12mm - $75- melt glass area 4mm x 3mm.
c) 191.4 grams – 85mm x 45mm x 20mm - $140 – melt glass area 4mm x 3mm plus smaller patches.
d) 278.7 grams – 90mm x 45mm x 20mm - $200 – melt glass area 13mm x 5mm.
e) 576.7 grams – 110mm x 50mm x 28mm - $400 – melt area 6mm x 5mm and really vesiculated.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 173 - Meteorite "coins"

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 173 - Meteorite "coins"

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

…………………………………………………..LIST 173
May 5, 2015

Dear collectors,

Sorry that this is going out a bit late, I was tied up with stuff most of today. Part of that is that this is the first day (knock on wood) that I have felt able to get around much and get things accomplished. I really enjoyed visiting the Denver spring show a week or so ago. Two things from that trip kind of screwed me up though. First, I got snowed in for an extra day, so I didn’t get back home until Tuesday night. Second, I made it a couple days or so before I found that, it seems, I brought home something extra. I think I picked up some kind of flu bug or such. Not severe, but with fever, headache and muscle ache enough to made it such that I have not slept real well or gotten much done since last Thursday. I seem to recall eating somewhere that one of the people making/ handling the food had looked/ sounded (coughing, sniffling) like they may not really be healthy enough to be at work. Regardless, I am ready/ well enough to get this offering out. I picked out a special set of material such that my lateness on sending this out should not matter. I have a fair number of each of these (5 plus) so I don’t expect to sell out in a real big hurry. Besides, for all but Campo, I can probably get more with a phone call and a few days wait if I do manage to move what I currently have.

These are all private mint custom designed and serial numbered “coins”. They are not a “legal tender” item for any place but are well done and have proven popular when I have offered them at shows. Each of these has a design or color picture on the front that is associated with the particular meteorite fall or find the coin is made for. Most of these have a bit more info on the back about the particular meteorite, but some of these (the newer issues) have another color picture instead along with the serial number. The front of each coin has a small recess that contains either a fragment, small individual or (in the case of the Lunar and Martian ones) a bit of dust and crumbs of the meteorite the coin was designed for. A couple of these (the older ones) are a bronze color (and my XRF shows they are indeed bronze – mostly copper and zinc). The newer ones are chrome like (having both polished and brushed areas) but seem to be a nickel bronze alloy (70% Ni, 15%Cu, 15%Zn) according to my XRF (though it is possible the NI is just a plating as Ni is relatively expensive). I’ll try to make note of a few details of each of these.

a) CAMPO DEL CIELO, Argentina: Coarse octahedrite. Found 1576. Total pieces made = 1000.
This is one of my earliest coins. In fact, I think this one is about sold out (I didn’t get anymore from my source when I asked for them). This is one of the brownish actual bronze coins. The front has a die stamped design of some fireballs falling through clouds coming in over a sparsely vegetated plain. The meteorite attached to this side is a small (around 5mm or so) tumbled nugget. I have only 6 of these remaining. - $30

b) CHELYABINSK, Russia: (LL5). Fell February 15, 2013. Total pieces made = 2000.
I know this one may look like it should be “common”. It indeed has the highest “mintage” of anyu of the coins I have had. However, this one turned out to be incredibly popular. I was told that coin dealers were buying these ones up by the many hundreds at a time. The guess is that there are still maybe 200 left for us in the meteorite collecting world at this time. This, obviously, is a newer issue so it is made of the chrome-like nickel alloy. The front has a color picture of the split smoke trail left by the fireball and a small (around 3mm or so) piece of this meteorite in a recess. Most of these are complete individuals but a couple have a broken end (great for those that want to see the lighter interior as well as black crust). The back side has a color picture of a map of the area of the fall. - $75

c) NWA 482: Lunar, impact melt breccia. Found 2000. Tkw = 1015 grams. Total piece made = 250.
This coin (as all of the Lunar and Martians I have) is made from the Ni-rich chrome-like alloy. The front has a picture of the cratered face of the moon (round and has some Mare areas but I don’t think it is of the entire face of the moon). The recess on this side has some powder and fragments of this meteorite (likely left from the original cutting up of this meteorite – I’ve got some of this powder hiding somewhere around here as well). - $75

d) NWA 869: L3-6 regolith breccia. Found 2000. Total pieces made = 1000.
This is one of the older coins I have available. It is of the brownish bronze alloy. The front has a die pressed scene of a fireball over sand dunes camels. The specimen on this is a small (around 1cm) tumble polished fragment of this meteorite. - $30

e) NWA 2968: Martian, Shergottite. Found 2006. Tkw = 268 grams. Total pieces made = 250.
This coin is the Ni-rich, chrome like metal. The front has a picture of a Mars rover bumped up against a rock doing analysis work. This side also has the small recess that has a 1 to 2mm fragment of this meteorite in it. - $75

f) NWA 2995: Lunar feldspathic breccia. Found 2005. Tkw = 538 grams. Total pieces made = 250.
This coin is made with the Ni-rich chrome looking alloy. The front has a color picture showing an astronaut on the moon with a US flag to his right and the Earth “rising” (well, near the horizon anyway as the earth doesn’t rise in view of someone standing on the moon) in the background. This side also has the small recess that contains dust and crumbs of this meteorite. - $75

g) SIKHOTE-ALIN, Russia: Coarsest octahedrite. Fell Feb. 12, 1947. Total pieces made = 1000.
This is one of the newest “coins” for me. It is made with the Ni – rich chrome looking metal. The front has a color picture showing the smoke-trail over roofs of a village in the foreground near the instant of impact. The recess on this side has a small cleaned shrapnel fragment piece of this meteorite. The back side of this coin has a color picture of the map of the area of the fall (well, at a big distance – showing even parts of Japan) to give an idea of just where in the world this fall actually happened. - $35

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 172 - recently mailed offering

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 172 - recently mailed offering

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
…………………………………………………..LIST 172
April 14, 2015

Dear collectors,
Here is the e-mail version of my just mailed “after Tucson”, “after tax time”, spring list. Most of these things are new to me (picked up in Tucson or just got finished with research/ prep work during or shortly after Tucson). I have yet another Lunar that not only looks fantastic but it is super affordable (I kept a large slice of this one for myself). A couple old (but new pieces to me) items round out the list. Enjoy!

ALSO: I will be out of town April 23rd through the 27th for the Denver spring show.

ODESSA, Texas: Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1923.
It has been a long time since I picked much of this meteorite. I managed to get 5 pieces in Tucson this year. These were natural as found when I got them. I experimented with an air-blasting tool I got awhile ago to see if I could clean some of the dirt and caliche off of them. Personally, I think it worked great. The dirt is certainly gone as is most of the caliche (each of these still has some small patches, but just enough to act as a highlight). Best yet is that the baking soda left the “metal” surfaces alone so they are still a nice original mottled orange brown to chocolate brown color and have their original texture. These are also all ex UNM pieces and each has a UNM catalog number painted on them.
1) Individuals as found but lightly cleaned:
a) 632.4 grams - 70mm x 60mm x 45mm - $525
b) 928.2 grams - 80mm x 70mm x 40mm - $750
c) 1764.1 grams - 115mm x 85mm x 50mm - $1400

CALDWELL, Kansas: L-impact melt breccia. Found 1961. Tkw = 12.9 kilograms.
Here is one Steve and I tried for years to acquire. We were never successful, but he managed to pick it up from the estate after the original owner passed away many years later. I picked up a chunk he showed me to sell as he didn’t want to cut it (not surprising, it does have some cracks). Thankfully, I was smart enough to have someone who really knew what they were doing cut it. This material is not much to look at, unfortunately (mostly a mottled gray-green matrix with some brown veins cross cutting it and only a rare chondrule) but it is a really rare type. As of March 2015, only 28 meteorites of this type have been reported. Of these, only two, this one and Muckera (007), Australia are not Antarctic or Sahara Desert finds.
1) Part slices:
a) 4.4 grams - 23mm x 21mm x 3mm - $35
b) 8.8 grams - 40mm x 20mm x 3mm - $70
c) 17.2 grams - 50mm x 40mm x 4mm - $135
d) 32.5 grams - 70mm x 45mm x 4mm - $250
e) 63.5 grams - 100mm x 65mm x 4mm - $475
2) End piece:
a) 163.4 grams - 80mm x 70mm x 20mm - $1000

NWA 1955: Ordinary chondrite. (H/L 3-4). Found 2002. Tkw = 2 kilograms.
This strange meteorite has a chemistry that does not fit either H or L type classifications, but something in between (my Haxtun from years ago was like this but a type 4). I last had/ offered some of this in October 2007. Back then my info cards said that this was the only meteorite in the world classified as an H/L 3-4. From my checking today, it seems that this is still the case! Usually when something rare/ interesting turns up, extra effort is put into finding more. Indeed usually more turns up. In this case, I merely turned up more pieces from the original reported material. I don’t have a lot of this, so don’t wait if your collection needs a piece of this.
1) Cut fragments:
a) 1.0 grams - 15mm x 10mm x 3mm - $15
b) 2.1 grams - 19mm x 15mm x 4mm - $30
c) 4.6 grams - 30mm x 12mm x 11mm - $69

NWA 7900: Ordinary chondrite. (LL6), W2. Found before February 2013. Tkw = 899.4 grams.
This was a stone that many thought was a diogenite. Much of it had an obvious green color (other areas were a light orange) and it showed obvious darker angular clasts. My XRF said it was an LL however (higher iron, nickel and sulfur). Frankly, it does still look much like a diogenite on cut surfaces. It shows medium gray angular to rounded clasts in a matrix that varies from light green in some areas to a very light orange in others. The only thing that clearly gives this away as an LL visually is the presence of quite a lot of very tiny metal grains scattered throughout the specimen.
1) Slices:
a) 7.3 grams - 30mm x 18mm x 5mm - $30
b) 13.6 grams - 35mm x 30mm x 5mm - $54
c) 25.4 grams - 55mm x 38mm x 5mm - $100
d) 50.2 grams - 75mm x 65mm x 4mm - $190 – complete slice.
2) End pieces:
a) 62.9 grams - 68mm x 38mm x 18mm - $220
b) 270.8 grams - 75mm x 70mm x 35mm - $900 – Main mass.

NWA 6136: Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3.3). Found 2008. Tkw = 2670 grams.
Matt and I got this years ago. We got two individuals; one 406 grams that I have already sold and one 2264 grams that we cut up (much of which is already gone). I re-discovered my slices (less than 400 grams worth) and decided to finally offer them on a list as I hadn’t ever offered any this way and figured now would be a good time before I sell it all privately. This, not surprisingly, is a pretty typical CO3. It shows lots of really small chondrules (averaging only .15mm in diameter I think the research results said) in a medium to dark brown matrix.
1) Slices: all have “natural” edges.
a) 2.3 grams - 19mm x 18mm x 3mm - $21
b) 4.8 grams - 29mm x 22mm x 3mm - $43
c) 8.9 grams - 35mm x 25mm x 3mm - $80
d) 14.5 grams - 65mm x 17mm x 4mm - $130
e) 33.0 grams - 50mm x 45mm x 4mm - $290

NWA 8277: Lunar meteorite. Mingled breccia. Found 2013. Tkw = 773 grams.
A got (and sold) quite a bit of this during the Tucson show. I really thought it was “just” another anorthositic breccia. It sure looks like one! It has clasts of white feldspars and green-brown pyroxenes and olivines in a dark gray matrix. However, my XRF seemed to indicate that this was closer to a Lunar basalt (higher Fe, Cr, Ti) than an anorthositic breccia. The detailed research work indeed supports that suspicion. It turns out that this meteorite has several different lithologies in it (including anorthositic) but Mare basalt is a major component. Classic moon-rock look but unusual composition. Better yet, this is priced as cheap as the Lunar gabbro I had on the last list!!
1) Part slices:
a) .16 grams - 11mm x 5mm x 1mm - $80
b) .25 grams - 12mm x 8mm x 1mm - $125
c) .44 grams - 14mm x 12mm x 1mm - $220
d) .84 grams - 18mm x 12mm x 1.5mm - $380
e) 2.14 grams - 23mm x 22mm x 2mm - $900 – has 4mm gabbro clast.
f) 4.09 grams - 45mm x 25mm x 2mm - $1600

MASLYANINO, Russia: Fine octahedrite with silicates (IAB). Found May 25, 1992. Tkw = 26kg.
I know, this is an iron but I am putting it where I would normally put a stony-iron. Part of this is because I already have an iron for this list and part of it is because that is what I was told this was (a mesosiderite) when it was dropped off with me in Tucson. I didn’t open the package until after I left the show to discover the truth. Actually, this thing has enough silicates in it that it does look quite a bit like a mesosiderite at first glance. Cut surfaces show a lot of silicate and troilite clasts. Each of these pieces has been polished on one side and etched on the other. I have only the one large complete slice but 6 or so of the small part slices.
1) Slices: Polished on one side, etched on the other.
a) 11.5 grams - 25mm x 24mm x 3mm - $160
b) 246.7 grams - 190mm x 110mm x 2.5mm - $2800 beautiful and complete

JACK HILLS ZIRCON: Oldest crystals found on Earth (so far).
These are the last in my “ancient rocks” series offerings I have had on a few past lists. This material comes from the Jack Hills region of Western Australia. The rock in this case is not all that old (I say that a bit tongue in cheek) at around 3 billion years old. It is the zircons that this ancient sedimentary rock contains that are special. These zircons have been dated to have formed around 4.4billion (!) years ago. They weathered out of an earlier granite type rock that formed 4.4 billion years ago but then weathered away leaving the zircons it contained (zircon is very weather resistant) to get trapped in these “young” now metamorphosed sedimentary rocks.
Roughly 30mm x 20mm x 15mm fragment in plastic display (perky) box - $25

Please note:
The post office keeps increasing shipping rates (despite the government’s official claim is that there is no inflation). For small US 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.
I do have a new 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 However, for overseas orders, it probably is best to go ahead and use my e-mail.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 171 April 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 171 April 2015

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
…………………………………………………………….LIST 171

April 2, 2015

Dear Collectors,

Here is yet another offering in my “after Tucson” series. I know, this is going out a bit early. It should have been saved for next Tuesday but I will be busy then.

BRENHAM, Kansas: (Pallasite). Found 1885.
Here is a rusty little slice that came from a collection I picked up over a year ago (and tried to sell intact at a few shows). It is one that I sold the previous owner probably 20 plus years ago. It is sealed in a “seal a meal” pouch as Glenn Huss had taught me back then (this piece likely came from him before I sold it). Still shows some metal and crystals, but not much of a display piece.
17.7 gram part slice – 25mm x 26mm x 7mm - $20

CANYON DIABLO, Arizona: Graphite nodule.
Here is a specimen I picked up in Tucson. It is a complete piece that has been nicely cleaned to show the metallic gray of the graphite but yet leaves some rusty brown coloration in the deeper areas. A quite pleasing specimen.
275.5 gram individual – 65mm x 60mm x 45mm - $400

GEBEL KAMIL, Egypt: Ni-rich ataxite. Found 2008. Tkw = about 1600 kilograms.
I got this piece along with a small collection of other irons during the Tucson show (the others sold at the show – I forgot about this one until too late). It is a nice natural flatish oriented looking piece (conical with some radiating striations that is. Shrapnel can’t really be oriented).
131.0 gram natural individual – 65mm x 38mm x 15mm - $100

INDOCHINITE: Muong Nong type.
This is a specimen that the previous owner picked up from Bethany Sciences. This is a piece of the layered tektite material that is believed to have formed by surface melt glass pooling in lower areas (near the source crater, which we still have no idea exactly where it is). This small (for this material anyway) piece shows some really nice flow structure/ features (particularly nice on one side). The Bethany Sciences “Certificate of Authenticity” with this has the location as Ubonratch-Thani, Thailand.
38.0 gram fragment as found – 50mm x 25mm x 18mm - $20

NWA 998: Martian (Nakhlite). Found before September 2001. Tkw = 456 grams.
Nakhlites are definitely one of the most difficult meteorite types to acquire. Not surprisingly as there are only 14 total reported (and I suspect that that “many” of the Antartic and NWA ones are probably paired). Most of these have well below 1kg total known weights. Anyway, I picked up a few pieces of probably the easiest Nakhlite to locate in Tucson. I have been told that the original sources on this have very little remaining. I suspect that they sold a lot of it back when it was announced that this meteorite was found to contain Martin carbonate minerals in it – indicating that water flowed through this at some point while it was still on Mars.
1) Fragments in membrane box:
a) .05 grams – 5mm x 3mm x 2mm - $75
b) .16 grams – 8mm x 6mm x 3mm - $240
c) .30 grams – 8mm x 7mm x 4mm - $450

NWA 1941, Algeria/ Morocco. Found June 2003. Tkw = 16kilograms.
This is a piece I was surprised to see in the collection it came with. Pretty much everything else with it was clearly stuff the previous owner bought 20 plus years ago (much of it frm me). Not sure where he got this one. Regardless, it is pretty nice. It is a small square cut piece that shows lots of nice metal and troilite inclusions in a dark greenish-gray matrix.
2.76 gram part slice – 17mm x 17mm x 3mm - $10

SANTA CLARA, Mexico: Ni-rich ataxite (IVB). Found 1976. Tkw = 63 kilograms.
Here is a little elongate bar of this probably hard to get meteorite (I don’t recall having a piece of it anytime in the near past). It appears that the previous owner bought this way back in December of 1993. At least that what the NEMS (New England Meteoritical Services) “Certificate of Authenticity” seems to indicate. This piece also comes with its original NEMS label as well. One specimen, two labels.
6.38 gram ‘slice” – 16mm x 7mm x 7mm - $60

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 170 - after Tucson part 3

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 170 - after Tucson part 3
Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 170 - after Tucson part 3

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
…………………………………………………………….LIST 170
March 17, 2015

Dear Collectors,

Happy St. Patrick’s day!
I was supposed to be hitting the road today for Phoenix. I had planned on helping our uncle run another massive “garage” sale (as Blake and I did a couple years ago. That time the volume of stuff we got rid of was epic). His (my uncle’s) health is now such that he needs to get out of the large, remote house he is living in now and get into a place where he can have ready access to medical care. Unfortunately that will be on the other side of town (Sun City I think its called) and much smaller. So, the less to be moved the better (cash is easier to carry). Anyway My health has been a bit iffy lately so I stayed home. Nothing serious I suspect, just a big sinus infection flare up. I live with low grade sinus problems that often give me mild fever and such but this time it got pretty bad (much stronger fever for several days and then some). I decided that since my cousin would be in Phoenix this time (Blake and I were on our own last time) that it might be best for me to stay home and see a doctor to get antibiotics and such (it seems every spring when the local farmers start to burn their ditches I end up having to see a doctor for a sinus flare up). I had hoped to simply fly down once this is done (later this week) but then I have other issues preventing that (anniversary on riday, Linda’s dad’s funeral services the next week and such). Anyway, since I am stuck at home, here is another “after Tucson” offering.

Here is a small riker box containing five pieces that have been made into ancient tools. The label says “Australites. Chipped Australian Aboriginal Artifacts”. I got this from a big time artifacts dealer at my hotel this past Tucson. I had a fairly large Australite that Mike Martinez picked out as possibly being an ancient tool (though it had some minor obvious modern edge chipping). I took it to the expert to find out. Not only did it turn out to be a tool it turned out to be a particularly ancient one that the shop owner wanted for his collection. A trade and cash deal resulted in my getting this batch that he had on display in his room. I am offering this as a lot at this point but will sell these individually if they don’t sell that way (but at $25 each).
5 ancient Australite tools in riker - $100

BONDOC, Philippines: (Mesosiderite). Found 1956.
Here is a small fragment that I think the previous owner paid quite a bit of money for ($50 range I think?). It was “important” because it was from an ex J. M Dupont specimen (#88 – 47.9g according to the Michael Casper specimen label that
accompanies this piece). This specimen as it is now is just a fragment weighing under a gram. It does have a patch of white paint that does show that it was likely removed from a larger labeled specimen.
.6 gram fragment – 9mm x 7mm x 6mm - $10

GIBEON, Namibia: Fine octahedrite (IVA). Found 1836.
Here is a part slice that was purchased from Robert Haag back in 1986. It is an odd, interesting piece. Its two longer sides – across from each other have natural crust. The other two sides are cut. This specimen was clearly prepared looong ago. The coating has turned somewhat yellow green. The etch is quite deep, vibrant and detailed (this piece would likely be really interesting under a scope). There are a couple small rust spots but they are small enough and not detracting enough for me to want to risk screwing up the original etch and coating to “fix” them. This comes with its original Robert Haag information card.
98.8 gram etched part slice – 63mm x 45mm x 4mm - $150

JUANITA de ANGELES, Mexico: (H5). Found 1992. Tkw = 85 kilograms.
I vaguely recall having some of this meteorite years ago. However, the previous owner of this piece got if from Alain Carion (it comes with the label Alain gave with the specimen originally). This is a weathered fragment with one large side showing what is very likely the original crusted exterior of the meteorite (the other surfaces are old natural breaks).
16.5 gram natural crusted fragment – 40mm x 19mm x 10mm - $50

NWA 6355: Lunar. Anorthositic breccia. Ound 2009. Tkw = 760 grams.
Here is a small slice in a larger membrane box that also contains the info card. This is the material that closely matches the soils at the Apollo 16 landing site. This specimen shows two fairly large anorthosite clasts (one darker and harder to see) in a dark gray to black back ground.
.39 gram slice in membrane box – 12mm x 10mm x 2mm - $275

ODESSA, Texas: Rock Flour.
This is a small (14mm diameter 50mm long) plastic tube/ vial filled with a fine pinkish white powder and labeled “Odessa, TX Crator Limestone Rock Flour”. Crater is spelled wrong, but I do believe the rest. I don’t recall having any rock flour from Odessa before, but I have had some from Canyon Diablo and it certainly has a similar appearance (though a slightly different color).
14mm x 50mm vial of powder - $15

SHALKA, India: (Diogenite). Fell November 30, 1850. Tkw = 3.6+ kilograms.
This is just a tiny (1.5mm) fragment in a capsule in a labeled plastic box. The label indicates that is was purchased from Michael Blood at some point in the past. Not much other than a cheap way to add an interesting name to your collection.
Crumb in capsule - $5

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 169 - after Tucson part 2

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 169 - after Tucson part 2

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
…………………………………………………………….LIST 169

March 3, 2015

Dear Collectors,

Here is the second “after Tucson” list. This may be my only offering this month as I will likely be out of town when the next one should go out

BILANGA, Burkina Faso: (Diogenite). Fell October 27, 1999. Tkw = 25+ kilograms.
This is simply an “add the name to your collection cheaply” type specimen. It consists of a few fragments/ crumbs (around 4mm x 3mm) of this meteorite in a capsule in a labeled plastic box.
Crumbs in a capsule - $5

GAO, Burkina Faso: (H5). Fell March 5, 1960.
Here is a nice end piece that comes with two labels. One is the original Robert Haag paper label (the previous owner bought the specimen from him in 1996) and the other is a metal, stands up on its own “GAO-GUENIE” label (I won’t take the time to go into what I believe concerning that “name” right now). Anyway, it is a nice piece. The interior is lighter than most (and shows lots of metal) and back has quite a bit of obvious fusion crust (2/3 or so).
32.4 gram end piece – 42mm x 30mm x 15mm - $80

IMPACT BRECCIA: Ries Crater, Germany.
Here are two similar sized pieces of this interesting material. It is mostly a light gray rock but contains fragments of many different materials. One of the more interesting fragment inclusions are the frothy black glass pieces. These come with their original Bethany Sciences “Certificate of Authenticity”.
22.8 grams – two pieces - $40  -SOLD

MOLDAVITE, Czeck Republic.
This is an interesting shaped piece. It is oblong in general but has a knob hanging off of one end (making it the perfect pendant shape). Overall this is what I’d call a medium grade. It is not chipped and shows nice surface features, though they are not real deep (like the high end Besednice pieces). Not sure where the previous owner got this one. It may have been from me (as many of his pieces were). The card is the one I use, but then that is one that I “stole’ (with permission) from Robert Haag many years ago.
6.1 gram complete individual – 35mm x 22mm x 7mm - $35 -SOLD

SIKHOTE-ALIN, Russia: Coarsest octahedrite (IIAB). Fell February 12, 1947.
Here is the “mate” to the 4kg complete crusted individual I offered earlier. In fact, it was consigned by the same person. This sits nicely on its own and shows a strong, bright etch (something I have never seemed to master brining out in my etching attempts). The back- side is fully and deeply thumb-printed to the point of showing some interesting shape features, though the crust clearly has been fairly heavily cleaned (but then who wants to cut up a pristine crusted individual?).
2265.1 gram end piece – 135mm x 95mm x 50mm - $4500

SLATON (b), Texas: Coarsest octahedrite (IIAB). Found 1940’s. Tkw = 6 kilograms.
Here is an item that I am offering before sending it back home to its owner in Texas. This interesting meteorite has a bit of a controversy attached to it. Though it has been heavily studied and is fully accepted in the Meteoritical Bulletin (Link here, I hope: )
there are some that believe that this is really a miss-placed Campo. The photo I have seen of it as a whole piece don’t argue against this (looks oddly orange and rust scaled – like an old salt bog Campo might look after years in a humid environment). However, the interior certainly looks completely different than any cut and etched Campos I have see. The etch on this has a strange taffy pulled look to it, something I don’t recall ever seeing on an etched Campo. In fact, the etch looks more like an etched piece of Sikhote-Alin shrapnel than a Campo. It seems that this particular meteorite has been in a serious collision at some point. As I don’t think there is a crater associated with this find (at least none is known) so I’d guess it happened in space. Also, this slice shows some silicate inclusions. One is fairly large (around 17mm x 9mm). It shows obvious orangish brown silicate minerals with no real graphite or troilite surrounding it. Both are features I don’t recall seeing in Campo (Campo generally has dark geenish black silicates that are usually surrounded by things like troilite and graphite). Anyway, an interesting (but certainly NOT cheap) “new” discovery.
89 gram complete slice – 150mm x 10mm x 3mm - $2500 -SOLD

TATAHOUINE, Tunisia: (Diogenite). Fell June 27, 1931.
This is strange stuff. It blew apart low in the atmosphere leaving mostly small waxy green fragments. Most believe that these pieces have no fusion crust. Careful inspection reveals that some do have very small (1mm or so) patches of black crust hiding on them. This piece is among those. This has a lot of smooth ablated looking surfaces but only a few tiny black patches of actual fusion crust. This is a piece the previous owner bought form me many years ago.
2.7 gram fragment with some tiny fusion crust patches – 15mm x 10mm x 9mm - $35 -SOLD