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Happy New Year! Here is the E_ mail version of my mailed list that is just now getting into the hands of those I sent them to.
Show info: I will be gone from home from about January 29th until about February 19th. I will be at my usual show location: Ramada Limited, room 134. This is at St Marys and the interstate (next to Denny's) - just 1/4 mile or so due West of Inn Suites (Now called
- where many of the other meteorite dealers are). My room is about mid-way down
the length of the motel (right next to the walk through actually) on the west-
side of the building (on the parking lot side - and there is often parking
available right in front of my room). I should be open the afternoon of
February 2nd through the afternoon of February 14th (NOTE: the show officially runs through Feb 16th
but I may leave a couple days early. PLEASE let me know if you plan on visiting
later than that so I can be sure to stick around). I will be open every day in
between - generally from
until - ? (usually at least if I am going out to eat and often until or so other nights). Hotel Tucson
Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1926. Tkw = over 15kilograms.
Here are a few (and only a few) of the special pieces of this meteorite that were written about in a recent Meteorite magazine (August 2012 issue). These pieces belonged to Oscar Monig and are among the very first meteorites he acquired. It has become apparent that Monig labeled these in the early tradition of Nininger where the number represented the meteorite locality (in order of acquisition into the collection) and the letters giving the order of the specimens as they were acquired (A being the first, B the second and so on). These fantastic pieces were the discovery pieces that showed Monig had done this numbering/ cataloging system in his early days. These all have a number 1 (thus his first cataloged meteorite locality) and then letter(s) metal stamped into them on a flat ground off spot. These were sold to me as Odessas a few years ago, but this discovery (and working with Dr. Ehlmann at TCU who discovered their “Monig’s first meteorite” is a Deport specimen that has a punched label of 1B on it) clearly showed that these were really Deports. I had very few of these special labeled specimens and even less now (3 total remaining) of these historic specimens. These are all rusty brown (natural) and have nice sculpted shape.
1) Natural specimens with Monig metal punched catalog number:
a) 80.0grams (1L) - 40mm x 35mm x 15mm - $450
b) 184.7 grams (1F) - 52mm x 40mm x 20mm - $950 – particularly nice sculpting.
c) 261.3 grams (1V) - 70mm x 37mm x 70mm - $1300
NWA (7196): Ordinary chondrite (LL6). Found before January 2012. Tkw = 384.6 grams.
Here is a bit of an interesting item. I got this from Matt Morgan who picked it up in
last year. He cut it into nice thin slices to sell but then ended up trading
the lot to me. We both were very certain that this was either an LL3 or LL4 as
it seems to show a lot of chondrules. Research work says it is a completely
unexpected LL6! I had it looked at twice to be certain. Sure enough, it has
very tight Fa and Fs numbers on the olivine and pyroxene so it is indeed highly
equilibrated. Looking closely at a slice of this you can see that many of the
“chondrules” may really be more of rounded breccia clasts (there are indeed
larger cm sized light gray clasts with rounded edges visible in this material).
All but the smallest size listed are complete slices.
1) Slices (most are complete slices):
a) 4.0 grams - 20mm x 20mm x 3mm - $20
b) 7.0 grams - 40mm x 25mm x 2mm - $35 – complete slice.
c) 10.7 grams - 55mm x 26mm x 2mm - $50 – complete slice.
d) 16.9 grams - 65mm x 32mm x 3mm - $78 – complete slice.
NWA (7336): Ordinary chondrite (L6), S3, W3. Found before February 2012. Tkw = 18 kilograms.
I got a sack of chondrite last
that contained one large fragment and a bunch of small pieces. Some of these
pieces fit together and what little cutting I have done on a few of the small
pieces showed it was the same material. I had the big piece professionally cut
and polished and am offering one part of it here (I may keep the other for a
nice moderately weathered L display piece). I will be offering small cut pieces
of this material in the future once it warms up enough to actually do some
cutting (has been lows of -10°F and highs in the teens to low 20s the past month).
Anyway, this is a nice display specimen that stands up vertically on its own.
It shows lots of somewhat oxidized metal (more gray metallic than fully shiny)
in a mottled tan and brown matrix. I wanted to offer this now as I will take it
to Tucson and (reasonably likely)
sell it there.
4913 gram end piece/ cut fragment – 240mm x 200mm x 60mm - $2000
Texas: Ordinary chondrite (H5).
Found 1917. Tkw = 78+ kilograms.
Like the Deports above, these have an early Monig cataloging number on them. In this case these are white paint on a black background. These are all #12 so Tulia was Monig’s 12th meteorite locality cataloged into his collection. Each has further letters representing the order in which they were found/ acquired by Monig as well. I had quite a few similarly labeled specimens years ago but only have these three pieces remaining, now that we know what the numbers mean and their importance. Oscar Monig seems to have labeled very few meteorites in his collection this way. These pieces also have an
“M.#” label put on them by Glenn and Margaret Huss when they cataloged Monig’s collection in the 1980’s. These are all weathered natural fragments as found (some areas of crust still visible).
1) Natural fragments as found with early Monig labeling.
a) 268.1 grams (12JM and M12.32) – 90mm x 50mm x 30mm - $470
b) 338.1 grams (12IY and M12.35) – 75mm x 52mm x 35mm - $570
c) 397.5 grams (12V and M12.7) – 70mm x 65mm x 45mm - sold
NWA (7043): Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3), W1. Found before September 2011. Tkw = 166grams.
I got a small bag of fragments at the
show a little over a year ago. Cutting showed that it was likely a CV3.
However, it has a slightly different look to it than I am used to. This looks
somewhat like a CK in that it has hard dark chondrules in a fairly abundant
lighter (greenish gray) matrix. Yet it also has (in some pieces) a fair amount
of metal in and surrounding the chondrules like a CR. The classification report
did not say, but I suspect that this is a “reduced” CV chondrite where as
Allende and NWA 2086 are the “oxidized” variety I believe.
1) Cut fragments:
a) 1.2 grams - 15mm x 11mm x 3mm - $18
b) 2.0 grams - 17mm x 13mm x 3mm - $30
c) 4.0 grams - 22mm x 18mm x 5mm - $56
d) 5.7 grams - 35mm x 14mm x 6mm - $80
e) 7.2 grams - 40mm x 15mm x 8mm - $100
NWA (4852): (Ureilite). Found before September 2007. Tkw = 1073.7 grams.
A single stone, broken in two was sold at the 2007 Denver Show. I got the bigger piece and I believe Ann Black got the smaller as it was put in the COMETS auction that year which I, unfortunately, did not get to attend (to busy in my room). I managed to talk Mike Martinez into cutting this stuff for me (a job I hate with this type meteorite – they take hours per slice and tear up saw blades, thanks to the diamonds and carbides in them). I got to spend many hours ripping up diamond sandpaper disks putting a polish on this stuff though. I get very few achondrites anymore (this is my last new one at this point) as the “out of the field” price on them is pretty much what I would want to be selling finished slices for per gram these days. I finally re-discovered this material while doing inventory work in late December. The large pieces are nice complete slices.
a) .94 grams - 15mm x 13mm x 2mm - $25
b) 1.86 grams - 18mm x 13mm x 2.5mm - $55
c) 4.2 grams - 25mm x 12mm x 4mm - $103
d) 8.0 grams - 40mm x 20mm x 3.5mm - $200
e) 20.1 grams - 40mm x 40mm x 4mm - $450
f) 50.6 grams - 63mm x 60mm x 4mm - $1050 – complete slice.
g) 61.6 grams - 72mm x 64mm x 4mm - $1250 – complete slice.
NWA (7045): Stony-iron (Pallasite). Found before September 2011. Tkw = 1127 grams.
I got a bag of small fragments of this “new pallasite” from a Moroccan dealer at the Denver Show. I knew it was oxidized, so there were no surprises there when I cut it. Frankly, this stuff would be close to impossible to sort from Huckitta if one accidentally mixed bags of each. However, the crystals in this material, on average, look much more like fresher olivine (more yellow orange) than those in Huckitta. Regardless, here are end pieces of a cheap pallasite guaranteed not to rust!
1) Cut fragments:
a) 3.4 grams - 17mm x 14mm x 7mm - $10
b) 6.7 grams - 23mm x 22mm x 9mm - $20
c) 9.2 grams - 26mm x 20mm x 9mm - $27
d) 20.1 grams - 35mm x 25mm x 12mm - $60
e) 35.6 grams - 42mm x 30mm x 15mm - $105
METEORITE TRADING CARDS:
I have had these sitting in a corner of my office for a couple years now. These are the 2011 “Inaugural edition”. They are pretty much the same as sports cards or such but for meteorites. They have a picture of meteorite(s) from the locality on one side (most actually have photos on both sides - the NWA (869) ones came from me) and info about the locality on the other. There are 10 cards in a set (actually 11 if you count the cover card). I don’t know if there were any other series (years) done of these.
2011 Inaugural Edition pack of 10 meteorite cards - $5
Please include postage: $3 dollars on small
orders and $11 on large items for first class (insurance is extra, if desired).
On small overseas orders, $5 is generally plenty (I'll have to custom figure
the rate for large items). Registration is also recommended on more valuable
overseas shipments - an extra $12.00.
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