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September 24, 2013
Here are a few small but interesting items I either picked up at the Denver Show or were things that were sent to me while I was gone.
Many of you probably had no idea that I had even been away to a show. Worse still I was gone for several more days than usual. This is because starting with this year the show promoter is asking us to show and open up a few days earlier than what was usual because the “Coliseum Show” has begun opening earlier. I can see them (the Coliseum people) now opening on Thursday next year to “get the jump” on the other shows. Then we’ll have to match it and so on and so on until Denver tries to stretch out to two weeks like Tucson. I did give the earlier opening a try this year and the results were certainly NOT impressive. I will give it one more try next year (opening Sunday afternoon maybe) and switch back to something closer to my usual opening ( mid to late Tuesday morning) if the results are the same as this year.
My reason for posting this here and now is that I came home to many phone calls (and e-mails – I don’t really have the ability or time to keep up with them while at a show unfortunately) from people that were somewhat distressed that I had not responded/ returned calls over many days. In the past most of these people would have read a pre-show/ pre travel post and known that I was gone and expected such a delay, instead of thinking I am simply ignoring them.
Anyway, on to the items up for grabs:
ABEE, Canada: enstatite chondrite (EH4), melt breccia. Fell June 9, 1952. Tkw = 107 kilograms.
I picked up a few small pieces of this recently. They are just fragments, unfortunately, but they do appear to be quite fresh. I had a brief notion of cutting them to show the high metal content interior but then realized I’d probably be more likely cut myself (or turn these to crumbs and powder) in the process than turn these pieces into nice end pieces.
b) .52 gram fragment – 9mm x 5mm x 4mm - $25
BEARDSLEY, Kansas: (h5). Fell October 15, 1929. Tkw = 16 kilogrsms.
I have a couple of these. One is a single fragment and the other contains a few fragments. Let me know which you want (a re-seller might prefer the capsule that has the multiple pieces).
.16 gram fragment(s) in capsule about 5mm x 4mm x 3mm - $10
CHELYABINSK, Russia: (LL5). Fell February 15, 2013.
Oops, I wasn’t supposed to have these. Mike Farmer had brought some of these neat “coins” and left some with me to sell on consignment in my room while he was at the show (I did sell several). I thought I had given him back all of the left over pieces the morning he left the show. I ended up finding these two in a different drawer when I packed up. Anyway, these are quite nice. They have a picture of the smoke trail let by the falling meteorite on one side. This side has a small recess that contains a small (roughly 3 or 4mm) stone that looks to be complete. The other side has a picture showing a map of the fall region.
Chelyabinsk coin containing small individual - $50
HONOLULU, Hawaii: (L5). Fell September 27, 1825. Tkw = 3+ kilograms.
This is a small fragment that clearly shows shock veining/ breccia texture. It is in a plastic box with a New England Meteoritical Services label. Not cheap by any stretch but I think this is the first time I have ever had a piece of this fall.
1.34 gram fragment – 12mm x 10mm x 7mm - $1100
LEEDEY, Oklahoma: (L6). Fell November 25, 1943. Tkw = 51.5 kilograms.
This is a batch of fragments in a vial. There are two larger pieces (one around 5mm and the other closer to 8mm) and some crumbs. The vial is labeled “Leedey, #489.1, chips” so this was likely from a Nininger specimen at some point.
MOLONG, Australia: (Pallasite). Found 1912. Tkw = 104 kilograms.
This is a small weathered piece that does indeed seem to show both metal and olivine. One side even appears to show a patch of fusion crust, though I cannot be certain on that (it may be just the natural exterior weathering rind).
.35 gram fragment – 9mm x 7mm x 4mm - $20
NAGOYA, Argentina: Carbonaceous chondrite (CM2). Fell June 30, 1879. Tkw = 4 kilograms.
This is just powder in a research style vial labeled “clean powder” and No. 556.2 (Nininger number). There is not a lot of material here (maybe a few cubic mm) but then there is not a lot of this fall floating around either.
NORTON COUNTY, Kansas: (Aubrite). Fell February 18, 1948.
This is a bag of fragments ranging in size from small (mm or so ) up to about 7 or 8mm in size. The larger pieces (most of the bag) are, interestingly, mostly fusion crust and clearly show the strange cream colored crust this low in iron meteorite is famous for.
NWA (4852): (Ureilite). Found 2007. Tkw = 1073 grams.
This is a nice little slice of this really difficult to cut meteorite. I recently offered some on a mailed listing and sold all of my “mid-sized” pieces similar to this (I have a few really small under a gram pieces and then a couple large complete slices which, though I should, I am hesitant to break up right now). I got this one at the COMETS auction as the price was reasonable and the beer very good 9got to help support the cause). This is in a membrane box that has Impactika labeling on it (Anne got the part o this stone that I did not years ago, we shared the number). I think this was cut and prepared by Bob Falls (poor guy0. It has a really nice high diamond polish on both sides.
3.48 grams – 22mm x 14mm x 4mm - $75
QUEEN”S MERCY, South Africa: (H6). Fell April 30, 1925. Tkw = 6859 grams.
I have a couple of the smaller size listed here but only the one on the “larger”. The smaller are fragments in a capsule and the larger is a single fragment in a vial labeled “Queen’s Mercy #765”.
a) .04 grams of fragments in capsule - $15