Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Blaine Reed Meteorites- List 142. More interesting small rarities

Blaine Reed Meteorites- List 142. More interesting small rarities

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
…………………………………………………………………LIST 143

October 22, 2013

Dear Collectors,

Here is my second “after Denver list”. Much like the last one, this is mostly small, inexpensive (from an overall price stand point not necessarily from a price per gram view though) but interesting things offering. Some of these things are meteorites that I am certain I have never had pieces of before.

BURSA, India: (L6). Fell 1946. Tkw = 25 kilograms.
I am quite certain that this is a meteorite that I have not had a piece of before. I am not certain that I have ever had a meteorite from Turkey before. As much of the things on this list, these are small fragments. Unlike many of the other pieces listed though, the plastic research vial contains the lot of smaller pieces in this case. Part of this is because there was no real stand out pieces size wise but part of it was that most of these small pieces show nice patches of fusion crust (not the case with the larger but single piece specimens).
a) .04 gram fragment in a capsule - $12
b) .075 gram fragment in a capsule - $20
c) .133 grams fragments (most showing crust) in plastic vial - $40

DHURMSALA, India: (LL6). Fell July 14, 1860. Tkw = 149.4 kilograms.
This is a batch of fragments (up to 4 or 5mm in size) in a lidded research vial labeled “Dhurmsala #41a chips”.
.28 grams o fragments in vial - $40

ERGHEO, Somalia: (L5). Fell July 1, 1889. Tkw = 20 kilograms.
This might be one of the ones that I have never offered a piece of before. However, I think I had a piece of this in my micro collection that I sold privately years ago (helped pay or the land I am living on now I think). These are a mix of capsules of fragments, capsules that have only one fragment and the plastic research vial (that is labeled “Ergheo $45a chips” that contains a single (the largest) fragment I had in this batch.
a) .055 gram fragment in capsule - $10
b) .10 gram of fragments in capsule - $20
c) .152 gram fragment in plastic lidded vial - $30

GOLD BASIN, Arizona: (L4). Found 1995. Tkw = about 200 kilograms.
This is a neat little specimen I won at the COMETS auction during the Denver Show. I think this was the first of the specimens being sold with the proceeds going to the club. They put on one heck of an event with great food, beer and fun. To support them, I bid on this. It didn’t cost a lot but I was more than thrilled to help out the club. This piece is interesting in that it comes in its original University of Arizona labeled bag (they were doing research on this material when it started showing up). The bag is labeled with a bright (almost neon) orange label that has “UA 1016, D. Hill” on it. The piece is only 1.8 grams. It is an angular fragment but still has one side (15mm x 6mm) that is obviously old weathered crust.
1.80 gram natural fragment – 16mm x 7mm x 6mm - $10

KUNASHAK, Russia: (L6). Fell June 11, 1949. Tkw = 200+ kilograms.
I still have a slice or two of this that I offered on an earlier list. This however is a batch of fragments (up to 6 or 7mm sized) in a lidded vial that is labeled “Kunashak #741 chips.
1.0 gram of fragments in lidded research vial - $15

NULLES, Spain: (H6). Fell November 5, 1851. Tkw = 8.85 kilograms.
This is one I am certain I have never had before. Not even in my own collection. These are all single fragments in either a capsule or (the largest) a plastic lidded vial. The vial is labeled “Nulles #783 chips”.
a) .16 gram fragment in capsule - $30
b) .26 gram fragment in plastic vial - $50

ORGUIEL, France: Carbonaceous chondrite (CI1). Fell May 14, 1864. Tkw = 10.5+ kilograms.
This is a batch of fragments in a capsule that is in a membrane box. It looks to be that about 2/3 of the weight is in one fragment that is roughly 8mm x 5mm x 4mm.
.25 grams of fragments in capsule in membrane box - $300

SANTA ROSALIA, Mexico: (Pallasite). Found 1950. Tkw = 1631 grams.
Personally, I think this is, perhaps, the rarest most interesting thing on this list. It is not a fall (so there will be a large segment of the collecting community that will have no interest in it) BUT it is a PALLASITE! And not just any pallasite, but one that is probably nearly impossible to acquire (really low total known weight). I think next to falls (perhaps even exceeding falls) pallasites are the most important collection focus (they are generally beautiful and truly rare). I know I have never had any pieces of this one. Two of these pieces have at least some visible olivine and two are “just” metal fragments (though they may show pockets where there was olivine). The largest is in a pill vial labeled “Santa Rosalia 599.1”.
a) .18 gram cut fragment with some olivine in a capsule – 7mm x 4mm x 2mm - $40
b) .37 gram cut metal fragment – 14mm x 5mm x 2mm - $40
c) .72 gram cut metal fragment – 10mm x 8mm x 2mm - $80
d) .54 gram cut fragment with obvious olivine – 14mm x 4mm x 3mm - $150

SARATOV, Russia: (L4). Fell September 6, 1918. Tkw = 328 kilograms.
This is another lidded plastic research style vial that is nearly full of fragments, dust and chondrules. The vial is labeled “Saratov #740 chips”.
1.5 grams of fragments in vial - $10

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Blaine Reed Meteorites - List 142, mailed offering

Blaine Reed Meteorites - List 142, mailed offering

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
…………………………………………………….LIST 142

October 8, 2013

Dear Collectors,

Here is the e-mail version of my mailed list that many of you (and many other collectors) are just now receiving. Some of these things I have had around awhile but many I picked up in Denver at the show a few weeks ago (usually I have most of this “after Denver” offering already typed up in the computer before I leave for the show). Most of the items on this offering are small or quite cheap (or both). Some of these things (like the Agoudal) that was all that was available and others (like The Jbilet CM2) that was all I could get (the larger pieces of this were quite a bit higher price per gram, rare in meteorites, and sold out at the show rapidly none the less).

AGOUDAL, Morocco: Iron, coarsest octahedrite (IIAB). Found 2000. Tkw = over 100 kilograms.
This was a “new thing” in Tucson this year (at a much higher priced). The first pieces found were sold to tourists and it wasn’t until late 2012 that a dealer got one and recognized it as a meteorite. A (successful) recovery campaign soon followed. Most of the pieces are quite small (as are mine) have a shrapnel shape and are heat recrystallized, leading many to speculate that there might be an impact crater associated with their fall. Shattercones have been found in the area but it is not currently known if they are associated with these meteorites. These pieces have been lightly/ moderately brushed but are natural otherwise.
1) Lightly brushed natural fragments:
a) 6.0 grams - 20mm x 10mm x 5mm - $12
b) 13.1 grams - 34mm x 17mm x 6mm - $25
c) 25.0 grams - 32mm x 18mm x 14mm - $48
d) 52.3 grams - 40mm x 23mm x 18mm - $100
e) 82.7 grams - 35mm x 35mm x 15mm - $150
f) 126.5 grams - 55mm x30mm x 22mm - $220 – my largest and only this size.

NWA (7017): Ordinary chondrite (L6). Found before September 2011. Tkw = about 20 kilograms.
I bought two pieces that totaled nearly 5kg in Denver during the 2011 show. The next Tucson show, the same dealer brought me another 15kg piece. The pieces all fit together, so I KNOW they were indeed all the same meteorite. Unfortunately, I was not able to come up with the money to buy the other 15 kilos (it was priced as a fresh meteorite as this is). Probably a good thing though. This has really nice thumb-printing, nice dark crust (though shows some wind-polishing) and a really fresh nearly white interior. If I had pieced the whole thing back together, I’d probably end up keeping it. Anyway, a museum in North Carolina landed the 15 kilo piece for their display.
1) Slices:
a) 9.9 grams - 28mm x 25mm x 5mm - $15
b) 20.5 grams - 47mm x 35mm x 5mm - $30
c) 32.1 grams - 70mm x 35mm x 4mm - $45
d) 72.3 grams - 85mm x 55mm x 5mm - $105
2) Natural fragment:
3768 grams – 150mm x 150mm x 90mm - $2400 – around 50% crusted. Nice display specimen.

NWA (7901): Ordinary chondrite (H6). Found before February 2013. Tkw = 1962 grams.
This was a stone I picked up for a customer that wanted a stone that showed nice slightly weathered crust (chocolate brown but still showing proper crust texture, not wind polished). This fit the bill, but they changed their minds on it (or found something to fit their need somewhere else while I was in Tucson). A small broken area showed a crystalline look to it so I cut a piece off and had it run to be sure I wasn’t about to sell of an E or such (I just figured out how to tell a cut H from a Winonnaite or Acapulcoite thankfully but I have not figured out the H versus E yet). Anyway, this is a nice stone that has crust covering around 70% of it. The remainder is natural fracture and a 45mm x 35mm cut where the research specimen was removed.
1924.7 gram main mass - 120mm x 120mm x 75mm - $1250

NWA (6135), Ordinary chondrite (LL3.8). Found 2008. Tkw = 3.8 kilograms.
This is something I got from Matt Morgan a few years ago, set aside and then pretty much forgot about it. I finally re-discovered it and cataloged it. Most of this is just really nice LL3, showing lots of chondrules and clasts (having the appearance of a much lower type number than 3.8). A few rare pieces have larger or more interesting clasts. The largest pieces here are such specimens. The 120g one has a roughly 17mm x 15mm obvious clast of a different LL type (looks like LL5). The 121 gram piece is more subtle. It has a number of small (cm size or so) LL5 clasts BUT it also has about 6 or so small (couple mm) black carbonaceous looking clasts.
1) Slices:
a) 5.3 grams - 24mm x 22mm x 3mm - $37
b) 8.9 grams - 30mm x 30mm x 3mm - $62
c) 15.7 grams - 40mm x 35mm x 4mm - $105
d) 30.6 grams - 45mm x 40mm x 6mm - $180
e) 64.5 grams - 75mm x 55mm x 6mm - $375
f) 120.3 grams - 105mm x 60mm x 5mm - $725 – complete slice with LL5 inclusion.
g) 121.1 grams - 105mm x 65mm x 6mm - $725 – complete slice with carbon inclusions.

JBILET WINSELWAN, Morocco/ Western Sahara: Carbonaceous (CM2). Found May 24, 2013. Tkw = about 6 kg.
I think that this is the first (CM2) I have had from any desert region. These are usually fragile enough that they don’t withstand a lot of weathering. These pieces though indicate that this probably did not fall all that long before its recovery. Many have some light wind polishing but many also still show patches of fresh undamaged fusion crust and have a fresh looking black color overall. This is a very new discovery (having been recovered this past summer) so I have not seen any scientific papers on it yet, but I am certain it will contain the organics, amino acids and such that other CM2 meteorites contain. These are all broken fragments that are as found, except that I did my best to clean what dirt they had off of them with distilled water and a tooth brush. I got mostly small pieces, unfortunately. So I have very few of the larger items listed here.
1) Natural fragments:
a) .50 grams - 11mm x 8mm x 4mm - $18
b) .80 grams - 13mm x 10mm x 5mm - $25
c) 1.03 grams - 15mm x 10mm x 6mm - $31
d) 1.34 grams - 16mm x 10mm x 7mm - $40
e) 1.91 grams - 23mm x 11mm x 6mm - $57
f) 2.60 grams - 17mm x 11mm x 10mm - $78
g) 5.15 grams - 20mm x 13mm x 12mm – sold, trying to get more “large” pieces.

NWA (1877): Diogenite, olivine rich. Found 2003. Tkw = 934 grams.
I think these are now officially “Diogenite, Harzburgite”. The classification system for these changed recently (Dunites are now Diogenite with a sub-description of “dunitic”). It is believed that this material has an origin from very deep in Vesta (however, I had one researcher tell me recently that the spacecraft that orbited Vesta a year or so ago did not see any olivine so there is still some slight uncertainty as to the origin of these things and dunites). This type material is fairly uncommon and these “pieces” are surprisingly cheap. I got these from a friend who deals mostly in fossils but has some meteorites. This material is quite friable (crumbles easily) so he set up these samples as small glass vials with 2.5 grams of fragments and crumbs.
1) 2.5 grams of fragments in a glass vial - $30.00

JEPARA, Indonesia: Stony-iron (Pallasite). Ound May 2008. Tkw = 499.5 kilograms.
A single nearly spherical boulder was found. The nickel-iron had oxidized completely to a mix of magnetite and nickel sulfides and sulfates. However, the olivine (which made up some 64% of the stone) was left very fresh and clear. Many pieces are bright green and very clear and being of faceting quality. It is it these olivine grains I am offering. Some have some rust staining but most are bright and fresh. Some of these certainly could be faceted although only into small stones (the pieces I have are a couple millimeters to maybe 5 or 6mm in size). I do have a couple small pieces where the olivine is still in the magnetite matrix available, but I mostly got the loose olivine crystals because they were so eye catching.
1) 1.5 grams of loose olivine crystals in glass vial – $15.00

I know these are really common but these pieces are uncommonly large. They are simple flattened disks but they were so large and I was able to hand pick the pieces I wanted at a “typical” price. Usually, the sellers make you buy a 10 or 20kg flat full just to get a few large pieces among the usual sized ones or charge an exorbitant price for these large ones when selling by the piece. There weren’t many, unfortunately, but I bought these at a regular price and am selling these at my usual Chinese Tektite show price. Only the largest carries a bit of a premium.
1) Natural individuals:
a) 143.8 grams - 62mm x 58mm x 25mm - $30
b) 196.2 grams - 65mm x 62mm x 30mm - $40
c) 247.2 grams - 68mm x 65mm x 35mm - $50
d) 304.1 grams – 75mm x 70mm x 35mm - $90

Please note:
The post office drastically increased most shipping rates. 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 e-mail. I generally get/ deal with phone calls quicker but I will try to keep up on checking e-mail this time.