New and Special – December 2013

Welcome to my “New and Special” page.
A page where I present to you New Acquisitions and particularly Remarkable Pieces
And they come from all over the planet, Some spectacular slices straight from Russia, rare meteorites
the results of trades with the Museum of Rio de Janeiro and with Arizona State University.

Seymchan, full slice, 9200g
Seymchan, full slice, 9200g
Seymchan, full slice, 9900g
Seymchan, full slice, 9900g
Seymchan, full slice, 7800g
Seymchan, full slice, 7800g

Full and spectacular slices of SEYMCHAN, beautifully polished and etched on both sides.
Worthy of a Museum or as a Christmas gift for the person who has everything.

A temporary consignment all the way from Russia, and they are right here in the States for easy shipping.
Please contact me for details and prices.

Also, directly from Russia but right here ready for shipment, CHELYABINSK!!!!
Yes, a whole lot more Chelyabinsks, all sizes, whole and broken, all prices.
Click on the name/link above to see a complete list, and tell me which ones you would like to see pictures of.


TRADE with the Museum of Rio de Janeiro:
First of all, I had the great pleasure of meeting Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Zucolotto, Curator of the Meteorite Collection of the Museum of Natural History in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who was visiting the Tucson Show and had brought with her a great assortment of Brazilian meteorites. The language was definitely a problem (I do not speak Portuguese) but we did manage to negotiate a trade and even the consignment to me of a large assortment of specimens, which I am very happy to present to you now. (All those pieces were prepared and in some cases repaired in Brazil).

Sao Joao Nepomuceno: 
The very first mass of Sao Joao Nepomuceno was found before 1960 in Minas Gerais, an area of Brazil that has produced many meteorites. Later a local farmer was intrigued when a stone would not break under the wheels of his cart like all the other rocks, eventually, he stopped and picked the rock, it was no stone it was iron and he quickly realized that it was just like that other iron that had been found just a few miles away. He kept it for himself but eventually, the mayor of the village asked him to show it to a visiting engineer, who confirmed that it was a piece of the Sao Joao Nepomuceno meteorite, a third fragment was eventually found near-by, bringing the total weight to about 16kg. Most of it is now in the Museum of Natural History in Rio de Janeiro. It was been studied extensively and found to be similar to only one other meteorite, Steinbach, found in Germany in 1724; both are IVA-anomalous, iron meteorites very rich in pyroxene-tridymite inclusions.

AB1478Sao JN: Large polished, etched slice, about 50 x 45 x 2 mm. Some translucent crystals.29.92g$2950.00
AB1479Sao JN: Large part-slice, polished and etched. About 40 x 32 x mm, few translucent crystals.9.06 gSOLD
EZ010Sao JN: Great part slice, polished/etched, about 27 x 21 x 2mm, more silicates than iron.5.25 g$575.00
EZ008Sao JN: Great part slice, polished/etched, about 24 x 21 x 2mm, few translucent crystals.3.89 g$425.00
EZ005Sao JN: Great little slice, polished/etched, lots of silicates, about 16 x 12 x 2mm.1.78 g SOLD
EZ002Sao JN: Nice little slice, mostly silicates, but still polished/etched, about 11 x 8 x 2mm0.42 gSOLD
A few more sizes available, please ask.

And a few other Brazilian meteorites you don’t see very often, and some that might surprise you:
Santa Catharina and Bendego pieces without rust or shale, for instance!

AB1494 Bendego: part slice, polished, etched, all iron, no shale at all. About 42 x 24 x 2 mm Coarse Octah. 12.61g SOLD 
AB1497 Santa Catharina: small end cut, polished, all iron, no shale! About 17 x 12 x 4 mm Ataxite 2.34g SOLD 
AB1492 Para de Minas: Part slice, polished/etched, beautiful fine pattern. About 46 x 33 x 2mm Fine Octah. 13.54g $800.00
AB1493 Patrimonio: Fell on Aug. 6,1950, TKW:12kg. Part slice with great crust, 33 x 30 x 3mm Chondrite L6 7.67g SOLD 
AB1496 Macau: Rare! Fell on Nov. 11, 1836, only 2kg known. Part slice, about 23 x 17 x 3mm Chondrite H5 3.35g SOLD 
AB1477 Nova Petropolis: part slice, polished/etched, about 35 x 32mm and only 1mm thick Med. Octah. 5.67g $150.00
AB1474 Nova Petropolis: part slice, polished/etched, about 36 x 27mm, 2mm thick Med. Octah. 17.03g $425.00
AB1379 Nova Petropolis: part slice, polished/etched, 60 x 36 x 2mm, nice inclusion. Med. Octah. 35.30g $725.00
AB1498 Itutinga: Found in 1960 in Minas Gerais, TWK: 47.5kg, great pattern, 80 x 68 x 4mm Med. Octah. 141.02g $3975.00
AB1499 Santa Luzia: Found in several masses in 1921, TKW: 1918kg, end cut, 65 x 35 x 6mm Coarsest Oct. 78.62g $2950.00
However these are not the only specimens I acquired in Tucson!
Yes! I also did a couple very nice trades, and acquired some very interesting pieces, so I would like to present to you here a beautiful, large end-cut of Allende, probably half of a mass found rather soon after the fall since the crust is a beautiful, velvety black. Also an end cut of Esquel, you rarely see the outer surface of this meteorite! And a cute complete Plainview, and a small slice of Ensisheim, no introduction needed for this one. And from Alain Carion a few slices of Tafassasset that he had cut and polished very quickly before the Tucson Show out of a mass that somehow had survived the carjacking and fire that consumed his car and a good part of his collection; one side of the largest part slice is still black and clearly burned. 
AB1488 Allende Mexico CV 3.2 M. Ouzillou end-cut 285.35g SOLD 
AB1484 Tierra Blanca Texas Winonaite F. Cressy part slice 1.26g $500.00
AB1500 Tambo Quemado Peru Med. Octah. Magic Mtn. part slice with "worm hole" 92.54g $995.00
AB1518 Esquel Argentina Pallasite Magic Mtn. part end-cut with naturalsurface 16.08g $750.00
AB1485 Plainview 1917 Texas H5 F. Cressy Whole individual 26.15g $175.00
AB1537 Ensisheim France LL6 J. Schoolers part slice 2.47g $1250.00
AC079 Tafassasset Niger Meta-Chondrite Alain Carion part slice with crust 8.15g $280.00
AC081 Tafassasset Niger Meta-Chondrite Alain Carion thin part slice with crust 14.04g $420.00
AC082 Tafassasset Niger Meta-Chondrite Alain Carion thin part slice with crust 22.10g $620.00
AC083 Tafassasset Niger Meta-Chondrite Alain Carion thick part slice, one burned side 91.41g $2200.00
AC-TAT Tatahouine Tunisia Diogenite Alain Carion Dealer package: No piece over 1g.   Could be made to order Total: 50g $450.00
SH090 Nakhla Egypt Martian-Nakhlaite S. Haberer one of the very rarest meteorite 0.249g $1100.00
SH091 Nakhla Egypt Martian-Nakhlaite S. Haberer     0.254g $1150.00
SH092 Nakhla Egypt Martian-Nakhlaite S. Haberer     0.312g SOLD
SH093 Nakhla Egypt Martian-Nakhlaite S. Haberer     0.326g SOLD
AB1467 Cat Mountain Arizona L5 Impact Melt Al Lang from the original find 9.1g $995.00
                    
                     

ASU “left-over” Irons: 
When I was at Arizona State University in October 2011, I spotted a bunch of small containers with pieces of iron meteorites in them, so I asked and was told that every now and then a chunk is cut off a large mass for lab. work, then some is used in the lab, and some is left-overs, and Yes, those were all “left-overs”! But what left-overs!!! What names!!! Ashfork, Gressk, Monahans, Silver Bell, Weaver Mountain……Total: over 20 ultra-rare irons. And what provenance! most of them came from the Nininger Collection, bought by ASU in 1960. Yes, all of them are small, or tiny pieces, but that makes them affordable!. Some are now gone, but there are still quite a few available. Please take a look at the list below.

Click on the name to see the picture. Weight and price of each piece is on the picture

Ainsworth Mass of 10.65kg found in 1907 by a boy in the sand besides a small creek, in Brown Co. Nebraska. Acquired, studied and cut by Museum of Natural History in New York, who noticed one face was freshly broken. From Nininger Collection, cut from ASU specimen #420.1 Coarsest Octah. IIAB 1 piece available
Altonah Mass of 21kg found in 1912 near Moon Lake in Wasatch Mtns, N-E Utah, recognized as a meteorite and acquired by Nininger in 1933. Still had some fusion crust but one face had been severely hammered and re-heated. From Nininger Collection, cut from ASU specimen #168. Fine Octah. IVA 3 pieces available
Ashfork Mass of 27 Kg found in north central Arizona in 1901. Studied by Buchwald and Wasson who called it a transported Canyon Diablo, but it is unshocked so it was found in the plain around the crater. Cut from ASU specimen #717, but only 218g in ASU collection. Coarse Octah. IAB 3 pieces available
Bella Roca Mass of 33kg found before 1888 in Sierra de San Francisco, near Santiago Papasquiero, Mexico. Acquired by H.A. Ward who cut it and then sold part of it to Nininger. From Nininger Collection, cut from ASU specimen #266. Medium Octah. IIIAB 3 pieces available
Billings Mass of 24.5kg found in 1903 during farm work in Christian Co. Missouri. Was exhibited in a street fair and got first prize as iron ore. Part of it was then forged in horseshoes, nails. Eventually was  recognized and bought by Ward. Cut from ASU specimen #151. Medium Octah. IIIAB 4 pieces available
Chihuahua City In 1931 Nininger saw an unknown meteorite in Museum in Mexico City, he traced it back to the original discoverer near Chihuahua City and bought the main mass of 43kg. He sold the 16.1kg end piece to ASU in June 1960 with his whole collection. Cut from ASU specimen #27. Anomalous iron IC 3 pieces available
Duchesne Mass of 24.6kg found on the slopes of Mt. Tabby (Utah) in 1906. Acquired by the Univ. of Utah, some was chiseled off, sold to the Field Museum and to Harvard under the name Mt Tabby, then Nininger acquired some and sold it under the name Duchesne. Cut from ASU specimen #27 Fine Octah. IVA 1 piece available
Gressk Mass of 303kg found while plowing on a collective farm near Minsk. Was sent to be melted with other scrap iron but was noticed by the manager who sent it to the Academy of Sciences in Minsk where it was recognized as a meteorite. Cut from ASU specimen #664 Hexahedrite IIAB 1 piece available
La Grange Long, turtle-shaped mass of 51kg found in 1860 near La Grange, in Oldham Co. Kentucky. It was then acquired by J.L. Smith who cut and distributed a third of it. It might have been oriented in shield-shaped. Cut from ASU specimen #291.  Fine Octah. IVA 4 pieces available
Monahans Mass of 29.5kg found in 1938 in the sandy hills south of Monahans, eastern Texas. Nininger bought it in 1939 and described it in his Catalogue as a roundish mass with a deep fissure. Sold it to ASU with his collection. Cut from ASU specimen #256. Plessitic Octah. IIF 1 piece available
Mount Joy Mass of 384kg found in 1887 near Gettysburg, Penns. while planting an apple tree.  Sold for $685 to the Museum of Vienna. Then found to be an extremely coarse octahedrite, with crystals over 5cm long. Pictured in Nininger’s Catalogue. Cut from ASU specimen #299.48 Coarsest Octah. IIAB 5 pieces available
Ogallala Mass of 3.3kg plowed up in 1918 in Western Nebraska, recognized and acquired in 1930 by Nininger who described it in his Catalogue as well preserved, with some fusion crust but with clear signs of having been re-heated. Cut from ASU specimen #90.1. Coarse Octah. IAB 4 pieces available
Para de Minas Mass of 112kg found on a ranch in Brazil in 1934, thought to be the result of a recent witnessed fall but much too weathered. Main mass is now in the Museum of Natural History in Rio de Janeiro. Cut from ASU specimen #604.1. Fine Octah. IVA 1 piece available
Puripica Mass of 19kg found before 1931 in Antofagasta province, Chile, sold by the finder to the Smithsonian. Examined by Nininger (1939), Wasson (1968) and later Buchwald who concluded it is similar to other hexahedrites found in No. Chile. Cut from ASU specimen #387.1 Hexahedrite IIAB 1 piece available
Sandia Mountains A small fragment was sent to Nininger in 1927 as being part of a large meteorite, he tracked down the sender and bought 15kg of it. In 1965, Lincoln LaPaz admitted that he had never found the rest of the mass despite intensive searches. Cut from ASU specimen #108 Coarsest Octah. IIAB 3 pieces available
Silver Bell Mass of 5.1kg found before 1939 in mining settlement 60km NW of Tucson, Arizona. Donated to the University of Arizona in Tucson, classified by Wasson. Few slices were cut and it is still in the collection of the University. Cut from ASU specimen #793.  Coarsest Octah. IIAB 1 piece available
Spearman Mass of 10.4kg found near Spearman, Texas in 1934, according to Nininger who acquired it, and distributed the slices. V. Buchwald classified it as a shock-hardened medium Octahedrite, transitional between classes IIIA and IIIB. Cut from ASU specimen #230.3 Medium Octah. IIIAB 1 piece available
Weaver Mountain In 1904 Ward reported that a 38.8kg mass had been found in 1898 near Wickenburg in Maicopa County, Arizona. The main mass, about 28.5kg, is now in the collection of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Cut from ASU specimen #313.1. Ataxite IVB   SOLD
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