Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 157 - More Small Rarities

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 157 - More Small Meteorite Rarities

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

…………………………………………………LIST 157

July 22, 2014

Dear collectors,

Here is yet another offering of generally small but often quite rare items. This will probably be my last list until late August as I am out of “new” material for the moment and I will be traveling a bit in early August.

Part of that travel will be the Creede Show August 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This is quite a nice small show (actually, it is getting fairly large) and has a great selection of all kinds of things including fossils, minerals, rocks, lapidary supplies, and of coarse meteorites. This is certainly not a show that is all jewelry as most public “retail” shows have devolved to these days. I know a few collectors have threatened to visit this year (it’s a great place to escape the heat). If others of you think you might come, let me know what things you’d like me to bring.

ALLENDE, Mexico: Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3.2). Fell February 8, 1969.
This is a bag containing several small cut fragments. Nothing special but certainly good for micros or resale. These range in size from about 5mm x 5mm to around 5mm x 12mm.
5 fragments totaling 1.8+ grams - $12

FORKSVILLE, Virginia: (L6). Fell July 16, 1924. Tkw = 6067 grams.
It was reported that 4 stones from this fall were recovered. According to the Catalog of Meteorites, pretty much all of this one is in museum collections (though it is certainly possible that some has been traded out since the Catalog’s publication in 2000. All 3 pieces here are fragments.
a) .015 gram fragment – 3mm x 2mm x 2mm - $15 -- SOLD
b) .025 gram fragment – 3mm x 2.5mm x 2mm - $25 -- SOLD
c) .137 gram fragment – 7mm x 3mm x 3mm - $60 -- SOLD

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: (L6). Fell November 1959. Tkw = around 236 grams.
There is no fall info for this one, just a report of its olivine mineralogy. Regardless, this is probably the rarest (from a total known weight) fall I have had in recent history. As there was no report about this fall, I can only go by the pieces listed in museum collections in the Catalog of Maeteroties. That list shows only 4 museums with pieces totaling 236.2 grams! These pieces are fragments in a capsule.
a) .020 gram fragment – 2mm x 1.5mm x 1mm - $25
b) .146 gram fragment – 7mm x 5mm x 2mm - $100

MERUA, India: (H5). Fell August 30, 1920. Tkw = 71.4 kg.
It is reported that 6 stones fell, with the largest being 56.7kg. I thought that this might be well distributed, given the large total weight listed. However, it seems that right around 71kg is listed as being in museum collections so very little had gotten out at the time the Catalog o Meteorites was published.
a) fragment (around 3mm x 2mm x 2mm) in capsule - $10
b) .245 gram fragment – 6mm x 6mm x 4mm - $50 -- SOLD

MIGHEI, Ukraine: Carbonaceous chondrite (CM2). Fell June 18, 1889. Tkw = 8+ kg.
This is the meteorite that gives the CM’s the M after carbonaceous. I have had super fine powder of this fall in the past but I can’t recall having actual (all though small) fragments (at least at no time recently). I tried to do some research on the value of this stuff but came up with nothing. Sooo, I am just going to guess (but high maybe?) on this one. The largest piece comes in a small research vial that is then inside a bottle labeled “Mighei Meteorite ~ .45g USSR”.
a) .013 grams – 10 small fragments in a capsule - $20
b) .026 grams – 2 fragments in a capsule - $40
c) .043 gram cut fragment – 4mm x 3mm x 3mm - $75
d) .08 gram cut fragment – 5mm x 4mm x 4mm - $140
e) .117 gram fragment – 6mm x 5mm x 4mm - $175 -- SOLD

OCHANSK, Russia: (H4), brecciated. Fell August 30, 1887. Tkw = 500+kg.
This is a lot of fragments in a capsule. The largest piece is around 5mm x 5mm x 4mm in size. Total weight is around .2g or so.
.20g fragments in a capsule - $15

RANGALA, India: (L6), veined. Fell December 29, 1937. Tkw = 3224.5 grams.
22 fragments are reported to have fallen. This is yet another item that, not only was very little recovered, but pretty close to all that was seems to be listed in museum collections. All I have is a few small fragments, so my offering won’t be changing much other than giving a few collectors the chance to add this “new” name to their collection.
a) small fragment (around 2mm x 1.5mm x 1.5mm) in a capsule - $10
b) larger fragment (around 3mm x 2mm x 1.5mm) in a capsule - $15 -- SOLD
c) .155 grams of fragments and crumbs in a capsule - $50 -- SOLD

SHALKA, India: Achondrite (Diogenite). Fell November 30, 1850. Tkw = 3.6+ kg.
This fall is interesting in that, supposedly, an immense stone (around 3 feet across) fell but only around 8 pounds was preserved. I had a couple pieces of this in Tucson (can’t remember what I priced them at) but they, not surprisingly, sold before I could offer them on a list. I have around 5 pieces total (all fragments) this time and I think these will be the last I will see (at least from this source). The largest piece is in a small round, labeled “box” that all these pieces came to me in.
a) .15 grams – 5mm x 5mm x 4mm - $15 -- SOLD
b) .29 grams – 7mm x 6mm x 5mm - $30 -- SOLD
c) .53 grams – 9mm x 7mm x 5mm - $50 -- SOLD
d) .65 grams – 10mm x 7mm x 6mm - $75 -- SOLD

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 156

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 156

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

…………………………………………………LIST 156

July 8, 2014

Dear collectors,

Here are a few more interesting items (many names I have never seen before). From the lot I received a day or so before my last offering in June. Most of these are certainly NOT cheap on a price per gram level. These were basically priced as a specimen, add a difficult (or nearly impossible) to obtain new name to your collection way. It was hard to guess a “fair” price on most o this material. I am certain that I have gotten some of these wrong on both sides (some too expensive and some, like the St. Michel from the last list (which sold in seconds and had more than 12 people desperately wanting the piece) probably too cheap. Anyway, I hope there is something here for everyone.

FLORENCE, Texas. (H3), brecciated. Fell January 21, 1922. Tkw = 3640 grams.
This is one I had to look up. I don’t recall ever seeing a piece of this one. Only one stone fell and it seems that the material has found deep hiding places since. Both of the pieces I have here look like they have at least some crust. Under magnification, this is quite interesting. It looks to be a loose conglomeration of lots of tiny chindrules. Wish I had a bigger piece to look at this way.
                a) .027 gram fragment – 3mm x 3mm x 2mm - $20-SOLD
                b) .265 gram cut fragment – 7mm x 5mm x 4mm - $100-SOLD

GERGENTI, Italy: (L6), veined. Fell February 10, 1853. Tkw = 16.7+kg.
Here is one that looks well distributed, amongst the museums anyway. However, I don’t think much of this one has gotten into collector’s hands. I don’t recall ever seeing a piece. The museum collection lists in the Catalog of Meteorites looks to add up quite close to the reported total known. Anyway, yet another “may never see it again” thing. The piece I have here are all just small fragments.
a)       small fragment (around .01g or so) – 2mm x 2mm x 2mm - $10-SOLD
b)       .042 gram fragment – 5mm x 3mm x 2mm - $20-SOLD
c)       .065 gram fragment – 4mm x 3mm x 3mm - $30-SOLD

LIMERICK, Ireland: (H5) veined. Fell September 10, 1813. Tkw = 48.1 kg.
There once was an man from Cass, who’s ….. Never mind. That one would get me in to trouble with someone out there (not “family” material. I can’t help but think of such things when I see this meteorite’s name. I don’t think that has been all that often over the years however. Anyway, this is one of the older falls I have had and probably in fairly high demand as such. These are all small fragments in a capsule. As you will see, I finally gave up weighing all the tiny fragments that came in as part of this collection. The torsion balance I use to weight these things is slow and cumbersome (but very accurate usually) and, for most of these things, the weight does not really matter as they are being sold as specimens and not by weight.
a)       Small fragment (around 2mm x 1.5mm x 1mm) in capsule - $10-SOLD
b)       Medium fragment (around 3.5mm x 2mm x 1mm) in capsule - $15-SOLD
c)       Large fragment (around 4mm x 3mm x 2mm) in capsule - $25-SOLD

MONROE, North Carolina: (H4), brecciated. Fell October 31, 1849. Tkw = 8.6kg.
I think I had a small fragment or two of this some months ago. I can’t recall if I put it on a list of if it sold immediately to collectors back east. Anyway, here are a few small fragments and crumbs.
a)       small fragment (around 2mm x 2mm x 1mm) in capsule - $10-SOLD
b)       .03 grams of crumbs in a capsule - $20-SOLD
c)       .275 gram cut fragment – 8mm x 4mm x 4mm - $80-SOLD

MURRAY, Kentucky: Carbonaceous chondrite (CM2). Fell September 20, 1950. Tkw = 12.6kg.
Years ago (20 or so perhaps), I had more of and easier access to this meteorite than Murchison. I really have had very few pieces since. Here I have only one substantial fragment and then a capsule of small fragments (around 1mm to around 4mm in size).
a)       .15 grams of small fragments in a capsule - $30-SOLD
b)       1.39 gram fragment – 17mm x 9mm x 8mm - $280-SOLD

SENA, Spain: (H4), brecciated. Fell November 17, 1773. Tkw = around 4kg.
This is one of the oldest falls I have had in a long time. In fact, looking over the falls by date in listed in Meteorites A to Z, about the only fall I see listed from earlier that I know I have had a piece of is Ensisheim! So, this fall is the second oldest I have ever had. To add even more to the excitement, this is quite rare in museum collections. There are a number of museums that have substantial pieces of this but a few have less (sometimes far less) than a gram! In fact, the largest piece I have here is over 3 times the size listed in the Monig Collection and around 1.4 times the size of piece the British Museum (The Natural History Museum, London more technically) has listed in their collection! These specimens are all fragments.
a)       small fragment (around 1.5mm x 1mm x 1mm) in capsule - $15
b)       larger fragment (around 2.5mm x 2mm x 1.5mm) in capsule - $25
c)       .097 gram fragment – 5mm x 5mm x 2mm - $100
d)       .347 gram fragment – 8mm x 6mm x 4mm - $340

SHELBURNE, Canada: (H5), veined, brecciated. Fell August 13, 1904. Tkw = 18.6kg.
It has been awhile since I have had a Canadian meteorite and I am sure like those in the past, these will probably end up going back to Canada (or there possibly will be some upset Canadian collectors who missed out by being just a little too slow to respond). Anyway, as with most of what I have offered recently, these are small fragments.
a)       .025 gram fragments (3 pieces) in capsule – $10-SOLD
b)       .13 gram fragment – 5mm x 4mm x 3mm - $30-SOLD