Friday, 12 March 2010

brmeteorites_list] List 86 - even more "after Tucson" stuff

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 3:20 AM

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
……………………………………………..LIST 86

March 9, 2010

Dear Collectors,
Here is my last consigned items from the show list (I think, more might turn up as I dig around a bit more later). I know that this is supposed to go out next week, but I plan on being on the road next week. I may be leaving as early as Tuesday (but more likely Wednesday) so, obviously, I would not have any time to take and ship orders. I don't know exactly how long I will be gone (I hope to schedule a short meteorite hunting trip along the way) but I should be home by the 24th.

CALDWELL, Kansas: (L - impact melt breccia). Found 1961. Tkw = 12.9kg.
I got this from Steve Arnold of "Meteorite Men" fame. He said that Nininger and Monig (I think, it might have been Dupont) tried for years to get this from the finder. They had no luck as was the case with Steve and I (we had tried to buy it a couple times over the years). The family finally decided to let it go a couple years ago (under consignment, I believe). I have a few small slices here. I don't know who cut these, but they are a bit wedged, unfortunately. They are fairly nondescript in appearance; a mottled mix of dark green and brown matrix with no real visible metal. Interesting though in its history and the fact that L-melts are generally quite rare (particularly named ones) and expensive (I have heard that this stuff has been offered typically for $12+/g).
a) 2.1 gram part slice - 28mm x 17mm x 1.5mm - $15
b) 3.0 gram part slice - 30mm x 14mm x 3mm - $21
c) 4.5 gram part slice - 32mm x 17mm x 2mm - $31
d) 6.7 gram part slice - 34mm x 17mm x 4mm - $45

NOYAN BOGDO, Mongolia: (L6). Fell September 1, 1933. Tkw = 250 grams +.
The total known weight of this is officially reported as only 250grams. I know that this is wrong as I have nearly that much sitting right here. These slices were obviously cut from a fairly large stone. They are quite fresh. The interior is mostly white with some pale brown/ orange spotting. The crust along the edges of these is black and fresh (and the largest piece has a small spot where it is also bubbly, leaving me to wonder if this large stone was not oriented). The large slice showed up with a small amount of shipping damage. A small corner got broken off in transit too me. I put it back with a small spot of glue (that could be easily removed if someone absolutely could not live with a "repaired" specimen) as the specimen is too nice a display piece to risk having these two pieces not remain together.
a) 86.8 gram 1/4 slice - 70mm x 60mm x 6mm - $600 - crust along 2 sides.
b) 147.9 gram 1/2 slice - 120mm x 70mm x 6mm - $1000 - only 1 cut edge (remainder crusted).

NWA (1906): (R4). Found 2003. Tkw = 560 grams.
One stone was recovered and, judging by the shape of these pieces, must have been nearly as round as a marble. This could not have been easy to cut (and this may show in the fact that both of these are slightly wedged, but nicer than some of the results I have gotten when trying to cut nearly round meteorites). This is fairly dark (unlike the other R - chondrites I have had), showing lots of chondrules in a dark brown and gray mottled matrix. Both slices are complete and show crust around the whole edge (aside from a couple minor chipped areas).
a) 22.7 gram complete slice - 55mm x 50mm x 2.5mm - $230
b) 28.5 gram complete slice - 60mm x 58mm x 3mm - $285

MOAPA VALLEY, Nevada: Carbonaceous (CM1). Found 2004. Tkw = 699grams.
A single black stone was found. After cutting it revealed a nearly featureless (to the naked eye) dark black interior, almost resembling a charcoal brickette (both internally and externally). Many (including the finder) wondered if it really was a meteorite at all. However, it does show some really obvious (to me anyway) fusion crust on some pieces (the 4.18g piece below has a nice 15mm x 6mm patch along its edge, for example). I was told that this is the second known (CM1) from outside of Antarctica, but I could find no records of another officially reported (it may be that the supposed other - a small 30g or so NWA stone, has not made it through reporting yet). This is an important opportunity for those of you collecting all the different meteorite types (the owner is not sure if and how much of the remaining material he will cut. He is hoping the bulk of it will go to a museum). I know I got my piece.
a) .012 grams of small fragments (each 1mm to 2mm in size) - $12
b) .093 gram cut fragment - 5mm x 4mm x 2mm - $75
c) .127 gram cut fragment - 6mm x 5mm x 3mm - $100
d) 4.18 gram slice - 28mm x 12mm x 6mm - $3150 (some crust along edge).

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Blaine Reed Meteorites List 85

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
……………………………………………..LIST 85

March 2, 2010

Dear Collectors,
Here is another batch of "after Tucson" material. Please let me know fairly soon if you would like to have anything from this offering (or the last one for that matter) as I do need to start returning some of these things to their owners (not a problem to set things aside for a later if you need, so don't hesitate to ask).

CANYON DIABLO, Arizona. Coarse octahedrite (IAB).
Here is a beautiful complete slice that is etched on both sides and shows a really large roughly tear-drop shaped troilite inclusion (about 60mm x 20mm). I don't get many slices of Diablo as few people like to risk more saw blades on cutting it (anybody that has cut much of this stuff eventually ends up trashing an expensive blade or two on the occasional diamond found in this meteorite). This is a particularly nice piece.
518.4 gram complete slice - 190mm x 120mm x 4mm - $500

GLORIETTA MOUNTAIN, New Mexico: (Pallasite). Found 1884. Tkw = about 300kg.
This is a beautiful complete slice from the 135 kilogram main mass that was found May 19th, 2007. It is etched on both sides and shows one of the strongest and best etch patterns available. This is a real museum quality specimen.
1252.3 gram complete slice - 300mm x 185mm x 3mm - $4000

SEYMCHAN, Russia: (Pallasite). Found 1967.
Now here is a real museum piece. It is a 110 kilogram (roughly - it is way too heavy for any of my scales, and this is the weight that it was originally sold as and I have no reason to doubt it) complete slice! This is a thick piece so it could be cut into many nice thinner gigantic slices if one has the right equipment (which I definitely do not, unfortunately) . It is currently in Phoenix with its owner (who bought it a few years ago when such huge pieces could be found - no more of these are available from the sources now). It is simply (probably not so "simply" done in reality) polished on both sides at this point, but I have never seen a piece of this stuff that does not etch up beautifully. I will have a couple photos available of this monster soon for those of you interested.
110kg complete slice - 56cm x 35cm x 11cm - $25,000

HOLBROOK, Arizona: (L/LL6). Fell July 19, 1912.
Here is a nice complete individual that was a relatively recent find. Even though it has been on the ground for nearly 100 years now, it still looks quite fresh. The crust (completely covering the specimen) is still black with some mixed dark chocolate brown spots and shows some nice super fine contraction cracks.
2.36 gram complete individual - 17mm x 10mm x 7mm - $80

NUEVO MERCURIO, Mexico: (H5). Fell December 15, 1978.
Here is an assortment of the more typical fragments and chipped edge individuals (though a couple of these are quite complete) from this popular fall. These were picked up a bit after the fall (as the majority were) so they show some very minor brown spotting, but still have predominantly black crust. I do still have the unusually large and nice specimen offered last week if anyone out there has decided that they want something a bit larger than today's offerings.
a) 9.7 gram complete individual - 30mm x 16mm x 10mm - $65 - truly complete but shows lots of secondary crust - interesting!
b) 10.6 gram individual with broken end - 20mm x 15mm x 14mm - $70 - Thick crust except 20mm x 15mm natural break at one end.
c) 18.4 gram individual - 27mm x 20mm x 15mm - $120 - has the usual chipped edges (very Allende like).
d) 21.3 gram individual - 30mm x 22mm x15mm - $140 - Nice thick crust except a roughly 25mm x 6mm chipped edge. A very nice piece.

NWA (2086): (CV3). Found November 2003. Tkw = about 33kilograms.
This is one of my favorite meteorites (and one of my customer's favorites as I have quickly sold out of all the pieces of any meaningful size I had). This material shows one of the best chondrule-rich CV3 structures available at any price. It has loads of chondrules and CAIs in a generally light background. This looks very similar to Axtell, but at 1/10th the price! This is a fantastic thin complete slice.
48.2 gram complete slice - 135mm x 75mm x 2mm - $500

DHOFAR (007), Oman: (Eucrite). Found December 4, 1999. Tkw = 21.2 kilograms.
This is a fantastic display piece of this strange meteorite (I am getting one prepared to keep for my collection). It is a complete slice from a large mass. It shows lots of fragments of varying textures and a good number of fine black shock veins between many of them. This looks generally similar to other eucrites but the chemistry of this thing indicates that it is not from Vesta (as are most eucrites), but possibly from the parent body of mesosiderites.
33.6 gram complete slice - 125mm x 110mm x 1mm - $750

NWA (5000): Lunar feldspathic leucogabbroic breccia. Found July 2007. Tkw = 11,528 grams.
Here is a nice 1/4 slice (2 cut edges others are natural) that has the classic moon rock look (lots of angular white to light tan fragments of all sizes up to about 5mm in a dark gray matrix. This is in a fancy glass topped display box (that looks to be black leather) and comes with a folder full of info about the meteorite in general and this specimen in particular.
1.73 gram part slice - 22mm x 16mm x 2mm - $1700

DALGARANGA, Australia: (Mesosiderite) . Found 1923. Tkw = 10+ kilograms.
I have not seen any of this stuff in a long time. These are "typical" specimens of this meteorite from what I remember. They are generally angular fragments that are orange to dark brown colored. They stick to a magnet very well, but my recollection is that most of this material did not show a lot of metal when cut (the reason, aside from the fact that these are not mine, that I didn't make end pieces out of some of these). Anyway, this is a good chance to add a rare (but affordable) mesosiderite to your collection.
a) 4.3 gram fragment - 20mm x 11mm x 9mm - $17
b) 6.2 gram fragment - 19mm x 15mm x 14mm - $25
c) 9.4 gram fragment - 21mm x 19mm x 12mm - $38
d) 40.5 gram fragment - 40mm x 35mm x 15mm - $150