Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 150 - yet more after Tucson stuff

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 150 - yet more after Tucson stuff

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
…………………………………………………………………LIST 150
March 18, 2014

Dear Collectors,

Here is yet another “after Tucson” list.

CHINGA, Russia: Ni-rich ataxite. (IVB) anomalous. Found 1913. Tkw = 80+ kilograms.
This is a nice solid (no rust scaling) end piece I picked up as part of a small collection during the show. The cut face is simply polished, not etched (this doesn’t show much when etched anyway). A nice piece for display.
196.2 gram end piece – 55mm x 28mm x 40mm - $300

FRANCONIA, Arizona: (H5). Found October 31, 2002. Tkw = 100+ kilograms.
This meteorite is interesting in that small grains of native copper have been found in cut pieces. I have not had a lot of this material over the years even though quite a lot of it was found (not sure any more is turning up these days either). I think most who found pieces kept them. Anyway, I was able to trade for a few nice complete individuals at the show. These are all distinctly complete and are covered with fusion crust, though that crust is a thin secondary crust in some areas on most of these stones. Nice small pieces.
a) 16.3 gram individual – 28mm x 18mm x 16mm - $25
b) 32.8 gram individual – 30mm x 30mm x 19mm - $50
c) 47.8 gram individual – 37mm x 30mm x 20mm - $70

NWA (unstudied): Oriented individual.
Now here is a bit of a crime. This is a quite fresh chondrite (likely L5 or L6) that was very clearly perfectly oriented. Much of the crust is brown on the front side but it clearly shows a line where it changes to black that shows how this was sitting in the ground when it was found. The front shows nice flow lines and a number of elongated “flower petal” thumb-prints. The back side (which is mostly black with some minor dirt attached – this has not been cleaned at all) shows rough textured bubbly in spots crust. There is also a very distinct bubbly roll-over rim around the edge of this piece. The “crime” is that somebody chopped off one side of this specimen (kind of like Lafayette). This does allow you to see the white interior and how surprisingly thick the fusion crust is on this stone (around 1mm thick or so). The bigger “crime” though is that the piece that was cut off was not kept with this beauty. None the less, this is a classic example of an oriented meteorite.
265.8 gram oriented ½+ individual – 85mm x 50mm x 33mm - $400

NWA (2932): Stony-iron (Mesosiderite). Found 2005. Tkw = around 15 kilograms.
This is one I wish I had more of. This is what a mesosiderite should be. This is a slice that is quite fresh and shows lots of metal (some as large round nodules) and lots of silicates (including at least one large cm sized crystal that looks like olivine but is likely pyroxene). A superb specimen for someone looking for a truly representative mesosiderite piece for their collection.
115.6 gram complete slice – 88mm x 55mm x 7mm - $1100

NWA (6963); Martian (Shergottite). Found 2011. Tkw = 8 to 10 kilograms.
This is a part slice that looks surprisingly like the coarse-grained portions of Zagami. The edges though give this one away as a find. There is one tiny (2mm x 2mm perhaps) patch of black crust but the remainder of the natural edge (about half of the specimen’s edge as two sides appear to be cut) shows some minor adhering dirt. This meteorite, like Zagami, also has a lot of Maskelynite glass, some as shock veins, though this piece shows this mostly as the occasional darkened shocked pocket rather than veins. This piece is in a neat Steve Arnold prepared riker display box and is ready for display or passing around to interested friends or lecture attendants.
2.25 gram part slice is riker display – 20mm x 12mm x 4mm - $700

QUIJINGUE, Brazil: Stony-iron (Pallasite). Found 1984. Tkw = 59 kilograms.
This meteorite was found buried one meter deep by a farmer digging holes for planting trees. He later gave it to a miner who got it identified as a meteorite. I remember when this came out some years ago. I was worried (as I am with any new pallasites) about this being a “ruster” (and some people may have indeed had problems with this, I don’t know though). However, this piece was uncoated and came from Germany (quite humid) and it looked quite fine to me (only a couple tiny rust spots is all I found). I have coated it though just to be safe. I have two pieces that were from the same slice (I broke it as someone at the show needed a smaller piece and it was clear that it would be easy to snap the piece into several smaller specimens).
a) 5.4 gram part slice – 25mm x 20mm x 3mm - $80
b) 35.9 gram part slice – 63mm x 46mm x 3mm - $525

PHILIPPINITES: Rizal province, Philippines.
Here are a few “Rizalites” I recently picked up from Alan Lang (unfortunately, these did not come with any labels). The smallest and largest pieces here are flatish and have a slightly indented bottom but both show some nice fairly deep grooving on their top sides. The middle sized piece is more the classic large round specimen (as is typical from this area) but lacks grooving to speak of.
a) 47.6 gram individual – 40mm x 40mm x 20mm - $40
b) 111.8 gram individual – 45mm x 43mm x 37mm - $84
c) 121.6 gram individual – 63mm x 53mm x 25mm - $100

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Blaine Reed Meteorites - List 149, more after Tucson things 04MAR2014

Blaine Reed Meteorites - List 149, more after Tucson things

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
…………………………………………………………………LIST 149
March 4, 2014

Dear Collectors,

Here is another “after Tucson” list. I’ll probably have a couple more but the one that should go out later this month (on the 18th I believe) may be off in its timing as I may be out of town for a bit around that time.

BROWNFIELD (1937), Texas: (H3.7) found 1937. Tkw = about 47 kilograms.
Here is a cut fragment I sold to a collector many years ago. There are two cut faces that both show lots of chondrules and some metal in a light to medium brown matrix. The natural portion of this specimen is roughly equally divided between old natural break and fusion crust.
36.9 gram cut fragment – 48mm x 25mm x 18mm - $250

DHOFAR (1286), Oman: (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 new cards).
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

FUKANG, China: Stony-iron (Pallasite). Found 2000. Tkw = 1003 kilograms.
Here is a square cut slice of this beautiful pallasite. This meteorite probably has the largest, on average, olivine crystals of any pallasite. I tell people that you pretty much need a rodeo belt-buckle sized piece of this meteorite to begin to see its texture. Thankfully, this is pretty much what I have here. The crystals, with the exception of a couple on one side, all pass light, making this a nice natural “stained glass window”. This is a piece that came uncoated from Germany. I have coated it but have left the few minor rust spots alone as I have not figured out how to regain the mirror polish after sanding these meteorites.
100.5 gram slice – 90mm x 89mm x 2mm - $1300

GOLD BASIN, Arizona: (L4). Found November 24, 1995. Tkw = about 127 kilograms.
This is the stuff that many found discarded as simple “hot rocks” by people metal detecting for gold in the area. A new gold rush into the area was started once it was found that these “hot rocks” were often meteorites. I have two as found specimens. The smaller is a blocky piece that might cut fairly well but is nice the way it is. The larger is the largest, by far, Gold Basin piece I have had. It is, at best, half of the original stone so this was a real monster when it fell some 20-25 thousand years ago (I think this strewn field is still reported as the oldest chondrite fall outside of Antarctica). Both pieces show areas of natural breaks as well as clear weathered fusion crust (typical Gold Basin material in other words).
a) 350.8 gram individual/ fragment as found – 80mm x 50mm x 40mm - $435
b) 1483.3 gram fragment/ individual as found – 150mm x 120mm x 50mm - $1500

NWA (845): (R4), W1. Found March 5, 2011. Tkw = 36+ grams.
The total known on this must be wrong. 36 grams is listed but I got a bit over 40 grams of nice thin slices from a German fossil dealer in Tucson. This meteorite appears to have a known find location (the info given with it has coordinates, which are also reported in the Meteoritical Bulletin) but still ended up being called just an NWA. None the less, these are nice thin slices that show lots of chondrules in a nice medium brown (with hints of orange) matrix. Some of these (the part slices) have one cut edge.
a) .61 gram part slice – 16mm x 9mm x 1mm - $12
b) .94 gram part slice – 27mm x 11mm x 1mm - $19
c) 2.1 gram slice – 28mm x 22mm x 1mm - $40
d) 3.6 gram slice – 36mm x 26mm x 1mm - $67
e) 8.1 gram part slice – 40mm x 30mm x 2mm - $150

NWA (853): Achondrite (Ureilite). Found March 2001. Tkw = 720 grams.
I thought about keeping this one (and may yet do so). It is a rectangular blocky piece that shows 3 cut faces. However, the majority of the natural uncut part clearly shows distinct fusion crust (covering around 40% or so of the specimen). I don’t recall having a ureilite before that showed much of any crust let alone distinct heavy black crust. Interesting and no doubt fairly rare. Grab it before I change my mind.
131.8 gram cut fragment – 50mm x 35mm x 30mm - $2000

PORTALES VALLEY, New Mexico: (H6). Fell June 13, 1998. Tkw = 71.4 kilograms.
This is easily the weirdest “H6” I have ever seen. Even the “chondritic” portion looks strange. It does not seem to show any chondrules and has a crystalline texture, fine metal grains and some large metal veins, making it look almost identical to the Fortuna Winonaite I offered earlier. I thought this was “reclassified” into some kind of “achondritic metallic melt breccia” but the Meteoritical Bulletin does not seem to mention anything about this. Anyway, this is a nice partial slice that is mostly silicates but does show quite a lot of metal veins running through it. This has two labels with it; one from the Jake Pelletier Collection and one (with a picture of the specimen) from Robert Woolard. This is supposed to be a 42.8 gram specimen but a small (.2g or so) piece has broken off of one corner at some point (this piece is still with the specimen in its membrane box). There are two cut edges (making up 40% or so of the edge) but the majority is natural and shows some fusion crust.
42.6 gram part slice – 100mm x 68mm x 2mm - $1500

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 148, first after Tucson offering 25FEB2014

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 148, first after Tucson offering 25FEB2014

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
…………………………………………………………………LIST 148

February 25, 2014

Dear Collectors,

Here is my first “after Tucson”, things I hauled home list. I didn’t pick up a whole lot of material volume wise (fits in a milk crate or two) but I did get quite a variety. Many of the things need a bit of work (light polishing and such) and many are still packed. I may end up doing more than the usual “first and third Tuesday” offerings (heck, this one is a week late but then I was not even home yet last Tuesday) as I work through this pile (a fair number of items are consigned so I need to sell them or return them to their owners before too long).

ETTER, Texas. Ordinary chondrite (L5). Found 1965. Tkw = 338+ kilograms.
Here is a nice Huss prepared (and numbered) specimen. It is thicker than we usually cut things these days, but that is how he cut these over a couple decades ago. There is one natural “crusted” edge (which contains the H47.181 catalog number). The other edges (as the face) are nicely polished to show a neat jade green (with some brown highlights) matrix.
37.6 gram part slice – 37mm x 35mm x 8mm - $150

FORTUNA, Argentina: Achondrite (Winonaite). Found May 27, 1998. Tkw = 312 grams.
This was a bit of a surprise to find in a collection a fossil dealer from Germany was selling. I was a bit nervous about this thing as well. It looks very similar to and XRF’ed fairly close to (but then all of the chondrites and primitive achondrites have nearly identical chemical compositions, particularly when you start accounting for weathering) a piece of Portales Valley I had on display (which will be offered on a future list). However, upon getting home and doing a bit of research, I do see that this is indeed Fortuna and not a mixed up Portales. I found pictures of some slices on line that match this thing perfectly. Anyway, only a singe 312 gram stone was found. Very few pieces of this ultra rare material got into the collector’s market. The major portion of this find is in a private collection in Germany and, I am told, will never be released (I think it is supposed to be willed to a museum or such). I didn’t fully realize how rare Winonaites are. I have had a piece or two of different ones (never had a piece of Fortuna before) over the years. I have had lots of requests for pieces of this type meteorite that I have not been able to satisfy over the years as well (note: if this fails to sell intact I will probably cut it up and attempt to satisfy some of the demands for small winonaite pieces I have recorded). Anyway, this is a (somewhat wedged, unfortunately) complete slice of the stone and does seem to show remnant fusion crust around most of the edge. The interior has lots of fine metal and several metal veins in a crystalline green/ brown matrix. A neat and really rare specimen.
21.54 gram complete slice – 60mm x 38mm x 3mm - $3000

GLORIETTA MOUNTAIN, New Mexico: (Pallasite). Found 1884. Tkw = 190+ kilograms.
I think this might be the first slice of the pallasitic material from this find I have had. I have had lots of the just iron material (which was relatively affordable) but don’t recall ever having a pallasite piece (which are usually VERY expensive). This is a nice complete slice that has nice large olivine crystals (which all transmit at least some light and some are certainly clear enough to cut gemstones from if one were so inclined) and lots of troilite. Both sides have been mirror polished, so no etching on this one (and, as I fairly well stink at etching I am not going to risk messing up this specimen by trying to do it myself). I have pictures of this one already in my computer for those interested.
36.2 gram complete pallasitic slice – 75mm x 45mm x 2mm - $1300

INDOCHINITE: Bao Loc, Vietnam.
Here is a really large specimen I got from Alan Lang (this comes with his label). It is almost perfectly round but is (fairly) thin and dish-shaped (the back side has a gentle depression. Deeper, and this thing could have made an ash tray). I think I have had some Vietnam tektites in the past (some Niniger ones a few years ago I think) but they are quite uncommon. This is a nice large hand specimen. I had three but quickly sold two in Tucson (I didn’t find this piece until near the end of the show or it likely would have sold as well).
256.0 gram complete individual – 80mm x 78mm x 25mm - $130

NORTH HAIG, Australia: Achondrite (Ureilite). Found 1961. Tkw = 964 grams.
This is a small slice that I got as part of a collection that was recently sent to me. I didn’t think much of the piece on first inspection (it looked kind of like an old H chondrite or such) as it only had its name on the plastic bottle it was in. Further work quickly changed my opinion though. Anything from Australia is in high demand these days, as are pretty much any achondrites (or witnessed falls) that have not been available recently. This has both things going for it. In addition, according to the Catalog of Meteorites, very little of this material has gotten out. I have only this one small piece unfortunately.
.23 gram slice – 9mm x 5mm x 2mm - $100

NWA (1000): Achondrite (Eucrite). Found 2001. Tkw = 1200 grams.
This appears to be another one of those “fell through the cracks” things that has been completely worked up by UCLA but never got reported to the Nomenclature Committee (even NWA (869) got stuck in this limbo for many years). Regardless, this is an interesting specimen that looks quite different from any other eucrites. It has a strange texture showing long thin crystals in a weird darker reddish brown matrix. Frankly, this looks more like an angrite than anything (but XRF showed it is definitely a eucrite). This comes with a label that has the write up/ research results from UCLA on this material.
3.68 gram slice – 33mm x 16mm x 3mm - $70

SIERRA COLORADA, Argentina. Ordinary chondrite (L5). Found 1995. Tkw = 71.3 kilograms.
I remember when this stone came out, along with a huge nicely oriented meteorite also from Argentina (can’t remember the name of that one right now – Rio Limay I think). Edwin managed to work a deal to acquire these wonderful gems. Not sure what happened to the big oriented piece (left mostly intact I hope) but this one (the smaller stone) got cut up. It’s been quite awhile since I have had a piece of this. This is a rectangular part slice that has one natural edge. It shows a fair amount of metal (this isn’t weathered significantly) in a mottled dark green and gray matrix (which shows a bit better on the back, unpolished side).
14.3 gram part slice – 41mm x 26mm x 4mm - $55

WELLS, Texas: Ordinary chondrite: (LL3.3). Found 1985. Tkw = 4135 grams.
I had the main mass of this one years ago. It all quickly sold (often in large pieces). I have had a few pieces over the years since, but not many. Here is a natural fragment with a polished face (that is about 20mm x 15mm). This does not show any metal but does show LOTS of chondrules (this was a weathered meteorite but the weathering brought out the chondrules really well). Regardless, there are only a few known LL3.3s (4 listed in the most recent Mteorites A to Z) so this might be important for those of you looking to fill out all of the sub-types in your collection.
5.6 gram fragment with polished face – 25mm x 20mm x 6mm - $140

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 148, first after Tucson offering

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale List 147 - email version of latest mailed list

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale List 147 - email version of latest mailed list

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

…………………………………………………….LIST 147

January, 2014

Dear Collectors,

Here is the e-mail version of my new mailed list that is just now getting into collector’s hands. For those of you that want the particulars of Tucson- PLEASE CONTACT ME.

CANYON DIABLO, Arizona: Graphite nodules.
It has been along time since I have had any of these. I picked these up from a mineral dealer that had a few meteorites at the Creede show this past August. I have heard a couple different theories on just what these things are. One theory is that they are graphite inclusions (that have metal veins running through them) that have been left behind after a large meteorite that contained them has weathered away. I have a couple things that bother me about this theory. First, I have seen many inclusions in Canyon Diablo meteorites, including graphite inclusions, but not any that really match the textures of a cut piece of one of these. Second, these things tend to be quite unstable and tend to rust away rapidly (not bad if left intact though, for that reason these have only been brushed NOT cut. No evidence of rusting since I purchased them). It is a bit hard for me to imagine a big piece of iron rotting away leaving some of these behind. The other theory (with its own set of hard to believe/ imagine problems) is that these things formed from the baking of the lime stones at the exact impact site all the way back to carbon (with the calcium and oxygen being completely driven off). This graphite (carbon) would have then mixed with some of the actual iron body that formed the main crater. Either way, these are fascinating and quite rare items. I have VERY few.
1) Natural shaped individuals/ fragments lightly brushed:
a) 5.0 grams – 23mm x 18mm x 7mm - $10
b) 16.1 grams - 30mm x 17mm x 13mm - $32
c) 39.4 grams - 43mm x 34mm x 22mm - $75
d) 61.6 grams – 53mm x 33mm x 25mm - $110

NWA (7018): Ordinary chondrite, (H6), S2, W2/3. Found before February 2011. Tkw = 443.4 grams.
This is yet another case of supposed to be primitive achondrite but was really an H chondrite. The seller said that this was a another piece of an already known brachinite. It certainly did look like it could be (and I didn’t have any XRF machine and data to help). I cut it up into slices and did find a couple things that looked like they could be chondrules. Otherwise, this thing had the crystalline texture of an anchondrite. Unfortunately, research work did show it was an H. Fortunately, the Moroccan who sold it to me gave me some credit towards other things for this “goof”. Anyway, this does have a lighter brown color than typical “weathered” H chondrites (more of a nice medium brown). It has a crystalline look like a brachinite and only a very rare chondrule or something hinting at being a chondrule. This one was probably only a tiny step away from being an “H7”.
1) Slices:
a) 4.5 grams - 20mm x 20mm x 5mm - $9
b) 8.5 grams - 30mm x 23mm x 4mm - $17
c) 25.9 grams - 50mm x 35mm x 5mm - $45 – complete slice.

NWA (7197): Ordinary chondrite. (L3.8). Found before February 2009. Tkw = 1148.5 grams.
The weathering grade reported for this one (W3) has me confused. I have a bag of cut pieces of this meteorite and they all look quite fresh. There is quite a bit of metal and sulfides visible in a very light gray, nearly white matrix. Unfortunately, the chondrules, while very present, are not all that easily visible in much of this material. However, in the rare spot that does show some oxidation, they are visible and there are a lot of them (hmm, should I put this in some water for a few weeks?). I suspect that the t-section for the research work was from one of these more weathered areas (I seem to recall that I bought this one after specimens had already been sent in). Despite the report, this is definitely one of the fresher type 3s (visually anyway) I’ve had.
1) Slices:
a) 3.2 grams - 30mm x 13mm x 3mm - $13
b) 6.1 grams - 32mm x 18mm x 3mm - $25
c) 11.1 grams - 35mm x 30mm x 3mm - $45
d) 20.5 grams - 70mm x 33mm x 3mm - $80
e) 45.4 grams - 67mm x 60mm x 4mm - $175

NWA (7346): Ordinary chondrite. (LL6), W1. Found before February 2009. Tkw = 269.3 grams.
This one was originally thought to be a howardite as it has lots of fine shock veins and light clasts/ breccia fragments in a medium gray matrix. The XRF showed it was just an LL though (much to the disappointment of the original buyer of this who
bought it as a howardite). Full research work proved this to be the case. Aside from the presence of some metal and sulfides (very little actually, but a little more than a typical achondrite would have) this could easily be mistaken for a howardite in any collection. This was a small stone so I don’t have a lot of this fresh, interesting and aesthetic material.
1) Slices:
a) 2.8 grams - 17mm x 17mm x 4mm - $17
b) 6.0 grams - 25mm x 20mm x 4mm - $36
c) 12.1 grams - 35mm x 27mm x 4mm - $70
d) 25.2 grams - 58mm x 35mm x 4mm - $145

SaU (560), Oman: Ordinary chondrite. (H6), W3. Found March 2006. Tkw = 2776 grams.
I got this from Robert Ward and was able to get it classified and reported later through UNM. Robert had already cut and polished some of this. He had cut a thin end piece off of this stone (which I broke in these smaller pieces) and left the bulk of it as a nice large end piece that displays very nicely. He put a high diamond polish on these so they are quite nice in appearance. Unlike the NWA (7018) listed above, this does have quite a number of obvious chondrules and chondrule fragments.
1) End pieces:
a) 20.9 grams - 30mm x 12mm x 12mm - $25
b) 50.9 grams - 48mm x 45mm x 10mm - $50
c) 111.6 grams - 85mm x 40mm x 10mm - $100
d) 2306.4 grams - 140mm x 110mm x 70mm - $1150 – main mass, nice display piece.

NWA (7020): Carbonaceous chondrite (CR2). Found before February 2011. Tkw = 715 grams.
It has been quite a while since I have been able to offer a CR. This type meteorite is one of my favorites. Lots of chondrules, many of which are surrounded by metal, along with lots of other chunks of metal (some rounded looking like metal chondrules) make these one of the most visually striking meteorites available. This one took a bit of time to get through research. Part of it was that the original thin-sectioned piece had pretty much no water altered minerals in it – making it possible that this was a super rare CR3. Other pieces t-sectioned pieces later showed some (but still very little) hydrated minerals so this eventually passed through the nomenclature committee as a CR2 after all. I have only a handful of mostly small end pieces available (however, I do have a pretty good bag of small individuals/ fragments if any of you need pieces for meteorite kits/ micros or such). Of the two largest sizes I have only one of each, unfortunately.
1) Cut fragments/ end pieces:
a) .8 grams - 13mm x 10mm x 3mm - $20
b) 1.5 grams - 15mm x 11mm x 5mm - $38
c) 3.0 grams - 24mm x 14mm x 4mm - $75
d) 5.1 grams - 23mm x 20mm x 6mm - $125
e) 10.0 grams - 27mm x 23mm x 8mm - $250
f) 15.8 grams - 35mm x 25mm x 8mm - $395

NWA (8043): Achondrite. (Diogenite). Found before July 2013. Tkw = over 1860 grams.
This neat material is something Matt got for me from one of his sources. This is strange/ different looking material. These are somewhat angular fragments (natural but cleaned of most adhering dirt) that are composed of blocky intensely green crystals. The classification description described this meteorite as “somewhat friable (a bit crumbly but these pieces are fairly solid) material is composed almost entirely of coarse-grained transparent green pyroxene crystals”. I put “over 1860 grams” on the TKW of this. 1860 grams is what I got (which was assigned the NWA(8043) number) but I saw a few handfuls or so of this at the Denver Show and this is more than likely paired to NWA (7977), which was 3.4kg. None the less, interesting and different material and probably the cheapest diogenite I have ever offered. Note: I have very few of the larger size pieces.
1) Natural fragments, cleaned to remove most of the original adhering dirt:
a) 5.4 grams - 20mm x 13mm x 12mm - $33
b) 10.2 grams - 30mm x 15mm x 9mm - $61
c) 21.3 grams - 30mm x 27mm x 13mm - $125
d) 38.6 grams - 42mm x 30mm x 20mm - $225
e) 59.3 grams - 45mm x 35mm x 25mm - $340
f) 130.2 grams – 50mm x 47mm x 30mm - $735

Please note:
The post office drastically increased most shipping rates (and they are going to increase them yet again later this month). For small US orders $3 should still be fine. 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 before. 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 $12 (for now).
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 brmeteorites@yahoo.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, 17 December 2013

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 146, last of 2013

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 146, last of 2013

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
…………………………………………………………………LIST 146

December 17, 2013

Dear Collectors,

This is going out the right day but a bit later than I would have liked. I was out of town for 5 days and I just got back last night. Of coarse, there were great piles of mail, phone messages, etc. waiting for me (I seem to get more “business” when I am not home. Maybe I should try to be gone more often). Anyway, I got caught up on the really important stuff and finally got around to typing this up well after 1PM. This will most certainly be my last list of 2013.

WHITECOURT, Canada: Iron. Medium octahedrite (IIIAB). Found July 1, 2009.
Here is one of the tiny handful of known meteorites that have an associated impact crater. The crater is about 40meters (about 130 feet) in diameter. Many meteorite fragments have been found since its discovery. Unfortunately, not all that many pieces have made it into collector’s hands. Most of the area where meteorites have been found has long since been protected as off limits for hunting meteorites. A further burden lies in getting the proper export permits for the material. Regardless, these three pieces were found by a customer of mine AND legally exported. The two larger pieces even have their exact find coordinates with them. These all have the full legal export permits. However, the two largest specimens here were exported under one certificate so I made a copy of this certificate (front and back) to put with the smaller specimen (the larger comes with the original as does the smallest piece listed here). Anyway, these are all natural as found fragments that have a very obvious shrapnel shape to them. I think these may be the first pieces of this meteorite I have offered.
a) 40.5 gram individual – 35mm x 26mm x 15mm - $300 – has original export permit papers.
b) 49.7 gram individual – 36mm x 28mm x 15mm - $350 – has photo copy of export permit.
c) 67.6 gram individual – 55mm x 30mm x 15mm - $490 – has original export permit papers.

CAT MOUNTAIN, Arizona: (L5), impact melt breccia. Found 1980. Tkw = 2.7 kilograms.
I remember the excitement and confusion this thing created when it came out. Robert Haag had bought this thing from a guy
that found it while hiking on A-mountain in Tucson. The thing certainly didn’t look like a meteorite. It looked like slag,
complete with some gas bubbles (a big part of what the “confusion” was over. How could a meteorite look like this?). Cutting
and research did indeed show that this was a meteorite. I think it was the very first of its kind reported (these things are still quite rare but a number o them have come out of NWA). The stuff was so weird and exciting it rapidly sold at hundreds of
dollars per gram! Anyway, I did not get any myself and this piece may be the first I have offered (certainly the only large piece anyway). This is a nice ¼ slice (two cut edges, the remainder being the natural fusion crust/ natural edge). This piece also has nice internal structure as well. There are areas that look like highly shocked L5 but there is a large “vein” of melt flow (about
40% of the surface) splitting this “matrix” material. Neat piece. The provenance on this (so you can be sure it is NOT an NWA
being passed on as a more desirable specimen) is I got it from Matt Morgan who got it from the collector that bought it directly from Robert Haag years ago. There were no certificate/ cards with this but the writing on the bag sure looks like Robert’s hand writing to me.
13.3 gram ¼ slice – 40mm x 40mm x 2mm - $1000

CLAXTON, Georgia: (L6). Fell December 10, 1984. Tkw = 1455 grams.
This is the famous one that took out a mail box in its fall. I owned that for around 5 years before selling it off and buying a piece of land with the proceeds. Anyway, I have not had a piece of the meteorite in a long time. Matt had this small piece set out and I asked if I could offer it on a list. Obviously the answer was “yes”. This not an extremely exciting piece. Just a nice fresh triangular shaped slice in a membrane box. However, what little of this was released to collectors years ago has long since found homes and it is a rare day that one has the chance to buy any piece of this one.
.635 gram slice – 16mm x 8mm x 2mm - $300

CUMBERLAND FALLS, Kentucky: (Aubrite). Fell April9, 1919. Tkw = 14.1 kilograms.
Here are a couple really nice little micros (?) These are probably better termed as “macros”, small but still show a good representative texture (breccia in this case). These are the kinds of pieces I would have in my “micro” collection (in fact I may indeed have a similar piece of this meteorite hiding there right now). Not cheap, but very nice and rarely offered.
a) .83 gram slice – 15mm x 12mm x 2mm - $200
b) 1.13 gram slice – 14mm x 14mm x 2mm - $280

D’ORBIGNY, Argentina: (Angrite). Found 1979. Tkw = 16.55 kilograms.
I think this one was even worse than Cat Mountain for creating a stir in the collecting community. The first time I ever saw it ( a large piece that ASU had for a potential trade) I could not believe that it could possibly be a meteorite. It had a weird elongate crystal texture. Different but not that different. However, this thing had holes in it, sometimes very large holes. AND these holes sometimes had weird long brown crystals growing in them. Absolutely astounding. I it weren’t for the presence of at least some fusion crusty, and a lot of detailed scientific work, this thing would likely never have been recognized as a meteorite. (HOWEVER – this does NOT mean that things that have a passing resemblance to this, or other meteorite types ARE meteorites.). These are nice, thin small slices. These pieces (except the very smallest) have some open areas/ vesicles, though most of these are very irregular in shape. The largest piece though does have a 3mm “crater” that is really a portion of one of the large round vesicles found in this meteorite.
a) .57 gram slice – 10mm x 10mm x 2mm - $150
b) 1.00 gram slice – 13mm x 12mm x 2mm - $260
c) 1.56 gram slice – 20mm x 13mm x 2mm - $405
d) 1.90 gram slice – 20mm x 16mm x 2mm - $495

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Blaine Reed Meteorites - List 145, inventory clearance items

Blaine Reed Meteorites - List 145, inventory clearance items

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
…………………………………………………………………LIST 145

December 4, 2013
Note: please be patient if you respond to this offering by e-mail. I seem to be having a lot of troubles with Yahoo mail today. Most all of my actions (opening an e-mail, deleting one, etc) seem to be endlessly ending up with a "connection timed out" error message. A half dozen or so tries, I can usually get the job done though (for now).

Dear Collectors,
This is, yet again, delayed a day from when it should have been sent out. We have some seriously bad weather passing through and I spent most of yesterday (and Monday) trying to prepare. A “roofer” who I hired to coat the roof to hold the shingles from blowing off in our strong winds, decided to take it upon himself to “fix” the shingles that were already partly broken and possibly flapping in the wind. Rather than sealing them down with tar underneath, he did this by simply nailing the things down completely through from above. What this did is give water a direct path through the roof along these nail holes – something I learned about when it rained/ snowed last week (and I got a big wet spot on the inside ceiling in my bedroom). I had been waiting for nice weather to get up on the roof and deal with this problem (patching/ coating these new holes/ nails). Unfortunately, we have not had any nice weather. I have had no sunshine for over 2 weeks now (our last really nice day was November 18th. I flew my plane that day and the ignition system, yet again, “let me down”. Time for a complete re-build on that part of this machine). I have shut down the solar hot water system for the house as there has been no heat generated lately and I need what little heat is still in the storage tank for keeping pipes of the system from freezing later this week. We are also expecting “the coldest temperatures in over 3 years” the next couple weeks. I had a couple weeks of 15 below weather last January so I am not sure I like hearing this bit of news. I had to spend the rest of the time I had Monday and Tuesday figuring out and implementing a way to put up insulation over my green house windows/ heat collection surfaces (again, no sun for over 2 weeks means no heat stored in the water barrels to speak of and sub-zero temperatures mean BIG problems with out insulation and an electric heat source). We have also been told that we may be getting over a foot of snow here as well (!!) We only average 18” in an entire year. This may mean that orders from this offering may be delayed in getting to the post office if the weather folks are remotely correct (my driveway is over 450 feet long and it takes around 7 hours to shovel it out, something that, thankfully, I have only had to do a couple times in 12 years now).

Anyway, these are things I have turned up while doing inventory work that I have only a piece or two left of. I have greatly reduced the price on these few stragglers from what they originally were. I’d rather sell them now than keep these “names” going on into inventory next year.

HYATTEVILLE, Wyoming: (L6). Found April 2008. Tkw = 8911 grams.
I never had a whole lot of this meteorite (the main mass – some 4kg plus – went to a collector in Canada) but now I am down to these two pieces. I think these were my largest pieces; an end piece/ cut fragment and the next slice that came off. This is a fairly fresh meteorite (weathering grade of 1). It shows quite a lot of fresh metal in a mixed light tan to medium brown spotted matrix. Nothing really special or rare by type, but very few meteorites from Wyoming are available to collectors. I sold most of this at around $4.50/ gram. I am pricing these substantially cheaper for a sale “as they are”. IF I end up breaking these down into smaller pieces (something I might do for Tucson if they don’t sell here) the resulting pieces will likely be priced back at that higher level.
a) 81.6 gram slice – 116mm x 70mm x 3mm - $225
b) 222.2 gram end piece/ cut fragment – 200mm x 75mm x 10mm - $550

KORRA KORRABES, Namibia: (H3). Found 1996, recognized 2000. Tkw = about 140 kilograms.
This is an end piece/ cut fragment that I had planned on cutting up into slices but didn’t for a couple reasons. One is I just plain didn’t take the time or effort to put it ion the “get done” pile. The other is that there is some controversy over whether or not this is truly Korra Korrabes or a new meteorite. There has been a rumor floating around that the fresher pieces like this (Korra Korrabes is usually really dark brown, this is a nice lighter brown, has good metal and clearly shows some breccia clasts) might be a “new” unrecognized meteorite. This may yet turn out to be the case (I think it is being worked on) but I am currently taking the view that this is most likely a piece of Korra Korrabes that simply was in an area that exposed it to less oxidation (as this potential “new” meteorite is also an H3). Anyway, I decided to offer this (the only piece that is mine – I have a couple that are consigned yet) as it is, a nice end piece, rather than cut it up into slices.
333.6 gram end piece/ cut fragment – 65mm x 50mm x 40mm - $330

NWA (2136) : (L3.5). Found before February 2004. Tkw = 1045 grams.
I had a bunch of slices of this but seem to have only these two pieces remaining. This is rather interesting looking stuff. It is somewhat porous and shows lots of gray chondrules in a light brown/ orange matrix (actually, the smaller piece has a lot of dark red/brown in its matrix, making the chondrules even more obvious).
a) 6.3 gram slice – 33mm x 32mm x 3mm - $20
b) 16.0 gram slice – 48mm x 38mm x 3mm - $50

NWA (5774): (LL5) polymict breccia. Found before October 2008. Tkw = 815 grams.
This is an interesting meteorite. It clearly shows clasts of various sizes and textures in slices (the smallest here is about ½ one texture and one half another totally different one). Research work showed that these clasts were fragments of LL material of different compositions so this meteorite was classified as a polymict breccia. This meteorite is quite fresh and shows fresh metal and various clasts (brown to dark gray) and chondrules in a light brown (almost orange) matrix. These three pieces are all I have remaining of this meteorite.
a) 3.8 grams – 28mm x 20mm x 3mm - $11
b) 8.3 gram slice – 33mm x 23mm x 4mm - $25
c) 10.5 gram slice – 35mm x 33mm x 3mm - $30

NWA (5782): Achondrite. Acapulcoite/ Lodranite. Found before September 2008. Tkw = 130 grams.
I had only two stones of this exciting, unique meteorite. This meteorite looked to be a breccia with impact melt looking veins. The thing turned out to be a unique breccia mix of fragments of both acapulcoite (45%), lodranite (25%) in a matrix (30%) composed of debris from both lithologies. This was described by the researchers working on it as “the Rosetta Stone of the acapulcoite-lodranite parent body”. I came close to selling out of this at around $400/g when I offered a couple years ago. I have only these 4 small/ thin slices (in membrane boxes) remaining.
a) .19 gram slice – 15mm x 3mm x 1mm - $47
b) .26 gram slice – 13mm x 7mm x 1mm - $65
c) .32 gram slice – 11mm x 6mm x 1.5mm - $70
d) .36 gram slice – 13mm x 10mm x 1mm - $85

MOAPA VALLEY, Nevada: Carbonaceous chondrite (CM1). Found September 2004. Tkw = 698.8 grams.
I think there are only two CM1 chondrites that have ever been available to collectors; this one and a mere 19gram NWA specimen. Don’t fear the “high” total known weight on this one. I know that the main mass is now safely part of a permanent collection (a brokered the deal) and very little of this truly rare stuff is floating around. So, if you have been waiting to add a piece of this “new” type carbonaceous chondrite to your collection, don’t wait to long, this is indeed my very last piece (and priced at about what it cost me).
.64 gram fragment – 11mm x 6mm x 5mm - $400

MUONIONALUSTA, Sweden: Fine octahedrite. Found 1906.
Here is a selection of 7 small etched slices ranging in size from 11 grams up to 26 grams. I have had these sitting aside for a couple years and kind of forgot about them (I had planned on using these to replace Gibeon for people that wanted an etched iron but then Seymchan came along). The sizes are: 11.7g, 16.3g, 17.1g, 17.2g, 20.2g, 21.3g, 26.7g for a total of 130grams. These do have a nice etch (generally better than Gibeon actually) and are in surprisingly nice condition. Despite the years (several) I have had them, the have only developed a few hints of rusting (and even then only on a couple of the pieces) – mostly a small rust line (as even Gibeon gets) or a back ground hint of brown staining (that may really be a residue from etching). I am offering these as a lot for below what they would cost from the sources today. However, I will sell these individually (at $1/g) if the lot does not sell intact after a couple days.
130gram lot of 7 etched slices - $100

SaU (504), Oman: (L5/6). Found March 12, 2010. Tkw = about 20 kilograms.
I had a pretty good amount of this at one time but now seem to have only these two pieces. It is not a rare or particularly interesting meteorite but it is cheap (I sold most of it at $.80 to $.90/g) and well prepared (all pieces had at least one side polished to a high diamond polish). These two pieces are just a basic small slice and an end piece that really displays nicely. I don’t have many Oman stones and likely will have very few in the future (the few people I knew who were getting them have long since moved on to other areas now that it has indeed been made clear that this fantastic hunting locality is now off limits).
a) 38.4 gram slice – 45mm x 45mm x 7mm - $20
b) 973.3 gram end piece – 140mm x 75mm x 55mm - $400

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Blaine Reed Meteorites- Meteorites For Sale List 144

Blaine Reed Meteorites- Meteorites For Sale List 144

Dear Collectors,
I know, This was supposed to go out yesterday. I was out of town most of the day though and had no chance to pull anything together until today. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot to offer at the moment and considered simply skipping an offering. However, I DID have these things waiting to e put on a list at some point. AND I will be doing inventory work soon – a many days effort that I dread each year but often turns up things I forgot I had (along with I want to sell off the last pieced or two of some things so I no longer have to keep track of it in the books) that probably will keep offerings supplie3d (time allowing) for the rest of the year.

CANYON DIABLO, Arizona. Iron. Coarse octahedrite.
Here is a 12 piece lot of some small but really interesting, sculpture like shaped pieces. I had thought of cataloging them up and offering them one at a time but decided to sell them as a lot so someone else could do this (and possibly make a good deal of money on E-Bay or such in the process). These could also be, obviously, just added to your collection for visual appeal as well.
12 “art” pieces totaling 72.6 grams - $90

NWA (unstudied):
This is a bit over ½ (2/3 perhaps) of what was an oriented individual. The front is obviously domed and the back is flatter with a hint of a roll-over rim around areas of the edge. The natural break is certainly old and looks like it is probably lightly crusted but I can’t certain that it is as much of this area (and the back side ) is fairly wind-polished. Thankfully, the front side is in pretty good shape (was likely buried most of the time after the fall) so the crust is a bit darker and in pretty good shape (some hints of flow lines present).
. 140.9 gram oriented ½ individual – 60mm x 40mm x 28mm - $70

NWA (753): (R3.9). Found January 2001. Tkw = about 12 kilograms.
Here is a large (for this stuff) end piece. This is a quite fresh meteorite but it was found as many, mostly small, fragments. Many of the larger pieces were also highly fractured and don’t cut well. This piece is clearly a fragment from a larger piece (broken apart by freeze-thaw perhaps) but it is nice and solid 9and could be cut up into slices – something I had contemplated doing and my yet if this does not sell as is). The interior shows very light, nearly white chondrules in a light gray matrix. There is a lot of what looks to be lightly oxidized metal as well. However, this is not metal (as all of the iron in this meteorite is tied up in the minerals, making it non responsive to even a very strong magnet) but rather iron sulfides (mostly troilite). An interesting type meteorite that very little of is seen anymore.
44.4 gram end piece – 33mm x 23mm x 20mm - $475

NWA (1908): Cumulate Eucrite. Found January 2002. Tkw = 980 grams.
This was a single stone that Mike Farmer picked up on one of his investor sponsored trips to Morocco. I was a “member” on this one and received some of this directly myself 9and soon sold it all). I got this from another one of the “investors’ that had it sitting aside or many years doing nothing but collecting dust. It was an odd shaped quasi-slice (so it didn’t display very well anyway) that I have since cut up into nice small slices. This is very fresh material. It shows “salt and pepper” textured clasts in a finer very light gray matrix.
1) Slices:
a) 2.1 grams – 23mm x 12mm x 3mm - $30
b) 3.3 grams – 30mm x 13mm x 3mm - $45
c) 8.4 grams – 35mm x 27mm x 4mm - $110
d) 13.1 grams – 60mm x 28mm x 4mm - $165

These are a few really nice shaped pieces I had set aside (time to move them before I accidentally damage them). They are nice teardrop, Hershey’s kiss shaped pieces (one of each and one that is in between. I have only these three pieces at the moment).
a) 19.3 gram Hershey’s kiss shaped individual. 37mm long, base is 25mm x 25mm - $15
b) 19.6 gram teardrop/ Hershey’s kiss individual. 50mm long, base 25mm x 22mm - $12
c) 35.2 gram teardrop. 55mm long, base 30mm x 25mm - $12

This is a nice piece that came in as part of a collection that was other glasses (mostly Fulgurites – see below). This is a better quality piece so it is quite clear (though there is some internal banding visible). This is an irregular/ angular piece (interesting shape0 but there are no recent chips or breaks (so its shape is “natural”. This has two different cars/ labels with it.
14.4 gram natural fragment – 40mm x 30mm x 12mm - $30

FULGURITES: Lightning fussed sand.
Here is a neat lot of like 14 pieces from 4 different localities I had thought about breaking up into individual pieces for sale. I decided that I just don’t have the time to do this right now (they are fairly small for the most part and there would be a fair amount time involved to bag, label, weigh, measure and list these individually). So, I’ll try offering them as a lot for some one to add to their collection (a surprising number of meteorite people also seem to like weird things like fulgurites. I have several larger piece in my collection). The localities and such are; Libyan Desert – 8 pcs 17.3 grams, Uruguay – 2 pcs 8.1 grams, Oregon – 2 pcs 3.2 grams, Arizona – 2 pcs 2.1 grams. All of these have labels of some sort a couple have David Shannon (a famous mineral dealer from Arizona who passed away a number of years ago) labels as well.
Lot of 14 pieces, 4 different localities - $50

TRINITITE: Glass formed by the first nuclear explosion, Trinity, New Mexico, July 16, 1945.
I wish I had known I had this piece a couple weeks ago. I just did a show in Socorro, NM and had several people ask for “larger” pieces of this (I have only small one gram or so pieces left in the inventory I had with me). Apparently the local shops down there are asking something like $30/g for this stuff (a clear cut case of “local appreciation effect” making the price of something higher as you get closer to the origin area). This piece has a bunch of labels/ info cards with it (5 I think).
3.7 grams – 28mm x 22mm x 10mm - $20

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