Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 181 - large Chelyabinsk and more

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 181 - large Chelyabinsk and more

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

…………………………………………………..LIST 181

November 24, 2015

Dear Collectors,

I have been back from the Socorro trip for not quite a week. I almost forgot about putting out an e-mail offering (as it should have gone out last week) but then realized I have not sent out any offering this month. Also I had a couple nice new things to offer – I really nice large Chelyabinsk and a beautifully etched part slice of Glorietta. I already have a couple photos loaded in the computer ready to go of the Chelyabinsk for those that are interested (other items I’ll get photos of as needed – as usual).

AUMALE, Algeria: (L6). Fell August 25, 1865. Tkw = 50 kilograms.
Here is a part slice (2 cut edges) that obviously came from me at some point many years ago. The info written on the bag is clearly my writing. The interior of this is quite fresh – with only minor amounts of orange near some of the metal grains (in a light gray matrix). Oddly, the crust (30mm of one edge) looks quite weathered, but this is probably mostly from fine- grained yellow soil stuck in the cracks and crevices. Nice piece regardless.
10.3 gram part slice – 30mm x 18mm x 6mm - $150 – 30mm edge crusted. -SOLD

CAMPO del CIELO, Argentina: Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1576.
Here is a part slice that the previous owner bought from Robert Haag in 1986. On the plus side, this still has its original Robert Haag information card with it. On the minus, this thing has rusted pretty badly. However, the rusting seems to be mostly stringers across the surface of the piece so it can probably be salvaged fairly easily (I didn’t want to mess with it as it will likely need to be re-etched afterwards – something that, quite frankly, I stink at). I’m going to offer it in all of its original glory here (where much of the value is probably in the label. The jewelry box it is still in also looks to be a Robert Haag item). I’ll consider attempting some voodoo on it later (when we have nice weather again) if it doesn’t sell as is.
68 gram etched slice with surface rust – 47mm x 47mm x 5mm - $40

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CHELYABINSK, Russia: (LL5). Fell February 15, 2013
CHELYABINSK, Russia: (LL5). Fell February 15, 2013.
Here is, by far, the largest individual I have ever handled of this extremely famous and popular meteorite. Even better, this piece is really fresh. There is some brownish/ purplish areas that my, at first glance, look like after the fall oxidation but I am told that it this is really a form of fusion crust that oxidized during its fall formation. I have seen this on other meteorites (Allende is good for having these “oxidized” areas). Regardless, this is also probably THE most complete stone that I have seen in this size range. This has only a tiny 15mm x 11mm broken area in the crust (that neatly shows black shock veins in a nearly white LL5 matrix). The remainder is completely crusted – pretty much completely with thick primary crust and only a couple 3mm to 5mm secondary crust covered late in the fall chips. One of the neatest features though is the deep (nearly a cm in one area) fusion crusted grove on one end. Obviously, there is a vein of soft material here (there is even some signs of deeper erosion spots along this vein on two other faces). It is interesting to see that the fusion crust still managed to completely (and quite thickly) form all the way to the bottom of this groove. I am pretty certain that if the ablation phase of this fall lasted much longer, this end would have broken off and we’d be seeing a secondary crust covered surface on this end of the stone.
725.9 gram complete individual – 90mm x 75mm x 75mm - $10,000

GLORIETTA MOUNTAIN, New Mexico: (Pallasite). Found 1884.
At one time, I had lots of these wonderful etched Glorietta slices and for relatively cheap (around $3/g I think). These were all cut from a 135 kilogram all iron specimen that was found in May of 2007 (just days after I spent some time in the area. All I found was how to bung up my wrist by swinging a metal detector to vigorously for to long). I though that this stuff would never run out. Turns out, it all went away after a couple years. I haven’t had pieces of this for quite awhile. I got this one during the Denver show and am happy to have it (wish I had it a month or so earlier as I have a customer at the Creede show that pretty much buys all the Glorietta I have ever had there – next year maybe, if it is still around, which I highly doubt). This is a triangular shaped piece that has two cut edges and one natural edge. There are some minor hints of brown rust) spotting along the natural edge (slices of this like to do that but rarely does it turn into a problem) but shows a bright and beautiful etch otherwise. A great piece that is only slightly more expensive than when this material was commonly available.
123.8 gram etched part slice – 90mm x 65mm x 3mm - $500

HUGHES (004) or (005), Australia: (howardite). Found 1991. Tkw: (004) = 304 g, (005) = 284g
This is a nice small piece as it has crust along its longest edge and clearly shows a howardite texture (with a couple obvious green hypersthene chunks in a white and gray matrix). Unfortunately, it was not recorded as to which one this is from. It has the info for both, as they were originally reported to the Meteoritical Bulletin. It may not matter though, as it is noted that these two “different” meteorites may be paired.
.3 gram part slice with crust – 8mm x 5mm x 4mm - $25

MONROE, North Carolina: (H4), brecciated. Fell October 31, 1849. Tkw = 8.6 kilograms.
One stone was recovered near the Flows post office (explaining why the handwritten label that came with this piece says “Flows” but has “Monroe” in parenthesis written below). I know I have had a few small pieces of this in the past. I think a roughly .3g piece that sold for $80 was the largest. This piece is large enough to show the texture. Lots of chondrules and metal visible in this slice.
1.09g slice – 11mm x 10mm x 3mm - $100 -SOLD

NWA 2986: Martian. Basaltic shergottite. Found 2006. Tkw = over 200 grams.
Here are a few basically complete individuals. These do have quite a bit of wind polishing that has removed some areas of crust but they still have the rounded complete individual shape with patches of crust on all surfaces. I’ve had lots of fragments of this (or one of its pairings) over the years but not many pieces that were individuals (I do still have one from earlier that still has completely intact shiny black crust - .694 grams - $750).
1) Individuals as found:
a) .174 grams - 7mm x 5mm x 3mm - $125
b) .266 grams – 7mm x 6mm x 4mm - $185
c) .884 grams – 12mm x 8mm x 6mm - $600

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- List 180 a couple Lunar slices etc.

Blaine Reed Meteorites for Sale- List 180 a couple Lunar slices etc.

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
…………………………………………………..LIST 180
October 27, 2015

Dear collectors,

Here is a small offering that is going out either a week late, or a week early. Normally, I’d send out the month’s second offering on the third Tuesday, which would have been last week. However, I sent out an e-mail version of my mailed list the week before. I thought about waiting for next week to send this out but then realized that I will probably be buried under preparations for Socorro (it is a moderately large display I set up – probably 2/3 of Denver or Tucson) and projects I need to get done before the weather really starts getting ugly (another solar electric array, redoing some piping on the hot water system and more – parts for these jobs are on order now).

Speaking of my mailed list. I’d like to know if there are folks out there that normally get my mailed list (paper in an envelope) that didn’t receive one this time. I have had a few people contact me asking why they didn’t get their paper copy. I am curios to see if there is a problem with these things coming up “lost” in the mail or not. Years ago I had one entire mailing disappear. It was right after 9/11 and I finished stuffing envelopes and sealing the things while on the road and mailed them at a “foreign” post office (one that wasn’t in the return address). That entire mailing simply went into the trash as far as I can tell (no one got a copy and I had to re-do the whole thing once I was back home).

Also considering the mailed list: Once again, I had a number of people contact me and ask me to remove them from the mailing list. Not because they were bothered by receiving it but because they want me to save the stamp. I do appreciate that but I don’t mind using a stamp. As dumb as this might sound, my theory is that a paper list has the chance to sell something until the person who received it crumples it up and throws it away. An e-mail offering gets buried under new stuff in the in box in a matter of minutes to hours, so its effective sales time is measured, at best, in hours to a day maybe. I have had people rediscover a paper list and buy something from it months later (and, surprisingly, this often happens with someone who told me to save the stamps at some point earlier). So, If you truly ONLY want the e-mail version I will remove your address from the mailing files. However, do be aware that I really don’t mind using the stamp and personally think that there are some advantages to it.

AGOUDAL, Morocco: Coarsest octahedrite (IIAB). Found 2012.
Here is a really neat little end piece that came from a collector/ dealer in Germany. It is in a nice plastic display box with information. This also has desiccant but this still oxidized on the polished surface (and, consequently stained the white foam backing a bit) as the piece seems to never have been coated. I have fixed that part. I if a gentle sanding (so as not to completely destroy the etch) and then coated it. Regardless, this is a really cool piece in that it has a large surface are for its weight and a nice 7mm diameter natural hole through it!
13.7 gram end piece – 28mm x 22mm x 7mm - $25

BRENHAM, Kansas: (Pallasite). Found 1882.
This is “micro mount” end piece that would easily fit in a small magnifier box like I used to use for some of my specimens in a capsule or such. It has a couple olivine crystals – one 10mm x 6mm.
3.0 gram end piece – 17mm x 11mm x 8mm - $10

CASTALIA, North Carolina: (H5) brecciated, xenolithic. Fell May 14, 1874. Tkw = 7.3 kilograms.
I can’t remember if I had any pieces of this one in the past. If I did, they would have likely been just small fragments in a capsule. This is not huge, but it is big enough to show chondrules, metal and even has a nice edge of fusion crust. This is a meteorite that seems to be mostly accounted for in museum collections. Of the 7.3 kilograms known it seems that over 6 kilograms are tied up in collections.
.51 gram part slice with crust along longest edge – 9mm x 6mm x 5mm - $100

KORRA KORRABES, Namibia. (H3). Found November 1996, recognized August 2000. Tkw = 140+kg.
This meteorite was originally found by a farmer who was using a metal-detector to find Gibeon irons in a dry river bed. He discovered a 27kg piece (along with some smaller fragments) and used it in a cemented rock wall. Thakfully, Ronnie McKenzie recognized it as a meteorite and it was removed. Further searching of the original find area has turned up additional pieces buried in the river bottom. These pieces are from an ugly fragment that I got in at the show as apart of a small (5 pieces) collection. I cut it open after I got home as this stuff looks far better on the inside than the outside. All of the resulting pieces (yep, it broke a bit) are “end pieces”/ cut fragments. The cut faces shoe a good number of chondrules (as a type 3 should). The three largest pieces also show some breccia fragments as well. I think that this material is, by far, the cheapest H3 available at the moment.
1) Cut fragments:
a) 1.2 grams – 17mm x 7mm x 6mm - $3
b) 2.3 grams – 23mm x 13mm x 6mm - $5
c) 10.2 grams – 20mm x 13mm x 18mm - $15
d) 56.5 grams – 45mm x27mm x 20mm - $70
e) 64.1 grams – 47mm x 27mm x 20mm - $80

NWA 482: Lunar impact melt breccia. Found 2000. Tkw = 1015 grams.
This, along with the beautiful NWA (2995) slice listed below, came to me in Tucson through a route other than the original seller. In this case though, this piece (and I do have a couple small pieces around .1g size) is available for a deal much cheaper than this material is usually available for. I am not going to openly list the price here as the main owners of the remaining pieces of this are friends of mine and I really DON’T want people going back to them and demanding that they match this special offering price (which I am sure will happen endlessly if I do openly publish the price here). Also, please “request price” only if you are fairly seriously interested in the piece. Not openly listing the price but then passing it out to hundreds of people who are just curious would likely put me in the same hot water as openly listing it in the first place. Anyway this is a fairly large piece so the dollar price is still quite large but the per gram price is quite low (compared to listed web-site prices anyway). This slice is light gray and has a number of thin black shock veins. This is a part slice, though it has no cut edges (and the broken edge looks quite natural actually), There is nice fusion crust around ½ or so of the edge of this slice as well.
2.52 grams – 45mm x 18mm x 2mm – Price On Request

NWA 2995: Lunar feldspathic breccia. Found 2005. Tkw = 538 grams.
Like the above piece, this is also a got it second hand specimen and priced (per gram) well below what this stuff usually sells for (I have sold quite a lot of this at around $2000 to $2500/g over the years). This is one that probably shows the best classic Moon rock texture (angular white and light gray clasts in a dark gray matrix) and generally sells itself over cheaper alternatives just from its looks. Like the NWA (482) piece I am not going to openly list the price here for the same reasons. This is a beautiful display piece that I’d want to keep if I hadn’t already managed to pick up a larger piece (through trading off MY NWA (482) slice) some years ago. I can’t be certain, but this looks to be a complete slice or one that was broken in such a way that it retains a complete look to it.
3.08 gram slice – 42mm x 30mm x 1mm – Price On Request

ODESSA, Texas: Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1922.
This is a nice solid individual that has had one end cut off and the face etched. The exterior surface has been left completely natural and is among the best I have seen. It has a pleasing brown color, some nice texture but no scaling/ flaking. A very old sticker attached has “2 ¾ oz – OM, Odessa Meteorite, 1 ¼ mi”. The last but refers to another label (handwritten) that comments that this piece was found “1 ¼ mile north and 15 (?) west of crater”.
74.2 gram individual with cut and etched face – 40mm x 28mm x 18mm - $90

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale - List 179

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

…………………………………………………..LIST 179

October 14, 2015

Dear collectors,

                Here is the e-mail version of my mailed after Denver list (that many of you are now also receiving by mail). The show was quite slow foot traffic wise, but sales seemed to hold up well and ended at somewhat above average. Not bad considering the stock market gyrations we have had lately as well. I did pick up a few items at the show but mostly just usual inventory items as “new” stuff (mostly unstudied) was generally quite richly priced (even though the dollar is up substantially against most other currencies). New Mexico Mineral Symposium, Socorro, New Mexico: I’ll be out of town from November 11th through about the 18th (weather conditions will determine). I will have a room set up at the Socorro Comfort Inn (1259 Frontage Rd. NW) supposedly room 119, but this could change. I should be set up and open Friday afternoon (the 13th) until late (11PM or so) and then open Saturday from around 5PM until late once more.  

GEBEL KAMIL, Egypt: Ni-rich ataxite. Found 2009. Tkw = about 1600 kilograms.
Here are some generally larger pieces of this meteorite that created a crater in its fall around 5000 years ago. This event was likely witnessed by people, as debris from the impact partially cover a trade route through the area.  I had thought about not putting these on a mailed list again as I have already offered similar pieces in the not too distant past (though at a somewhat higher price). However, every time I put pieces of this out at shows, they tend to sell rapidly, so collectors seem to still be interested in pieces of this meteorite. Also, my first offerings were all quite small specimens. I am offering a few such here, but now is a chance to get a substantial sized piece of this interesting and increasingly famous meteorite. These are all natural shrapnel fragments. They have been air/ soda blasted to remove loose dirt but are otherwise left as found.
1) Shrapnel pieces:
a)  67.6 grams - 45mm x 28mm x 12mm - $50
b) 141.6 grams - 65mm x 26mm x 21mm - $105
c) 291.7 grams - 75mm x 50mm x 18mm - $210
d) 624.4 grams - 100mm x 55mm x 23mm - $440
e) 1158.3 grams - 80mm x 80mm x 30mm - $800
f) 1632.8 grams - 150mm x 70mm x 40mm - $1100

BUZZARD COULEE, Canada: (H4), S2, W0. Fell November 20, 2008. Tkw = over 41kg.
I picked up a small batch of nice little individuals at a show awhile back and then set them aside, kind of forgetting about them (they were so small and a small amount so I kind of ignored them). The fireball of this fall was witnessed across a huge area; Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Thankfully, all sky cameras and security cameras caught the fall. From these, and some eyewitness accounts, a likely fall area was calculated. Seven days after the fall, some meteorites were recovered on top of a frozen pond in the calculated fall area. Many more pieces have been found since. I am not sure when these particular pieces were recovered but they do seem to be very fresh. Some have some hints of dirt but otherwise show fresh black crust with only the tinniest hints of browning (if any). Nice little individuals.
1)       Complete individuals as found:
a) .46 grams - 8mm x 5mm x 5mm - $15
b) .83 grams - 8mm x 8mm x 6mm - $25
c) 1.23 grams - 13mm x 7mm x 6mm - $33
d) 1.60 grams - 15mm x 9mm x 7mm - $40

NWA (7002): Ordinary chondrite (LL6), S2, W2. Purchased September 2011. Tkw = 53 grams.
Here is a neat little fully published main mass of a somewhat rarer type priced well below what it would normally cost me to just get the thing classified! The exterior has the usual wind-polishing but still retains a somewhat sculpted meteorite shape (with the larger smoother side showing remnants of contraction cracks). The interior is quite fresh, showing fresh metal and sulfides (but not a lot – this is truly a low iron LL) in a brecciated light tan (almost orange) to light brown matrix.
                43.5 gram individual with end cut off – 30mm x 22mm x 33mm - sold

NWA (10063): Ordinary chondrite (L3), S3, W2. Found 2014. Tkw = 920 grams.
Well, here it is; my first NWA meteorite that is now one number longer. It seems the researchers skipped most (all?) of the NWA (9000) range and jumped right to 10K recently. This meteorite is one that Steve Arnold sent me a piece of to get my opinion on whether or not I thought it might be a type 3. I said it certainly LOOKED like one but I could not be absolutely certain. I have often been “burned” by type 4s that were supposed to be (and certainly looked like) type 3s and the seller of this was pricing it as a type 3. There was something like 3kg or so of this available originally. Buy the time we sorted out that this WAS indeed really a type 3 (and a fairly low one at that – something between 3.4 and 3.6) only 900g of this stuff was left to purchase. I got around 400 grams that I have cut up to offer here. This is quite fresh, showing LOTS of chondrules and fresh metal in a light gray to tan matrix. I do have some end pieces available as well. The weights on those are: 14.4g, 45.8g, 57.3g and are priced at $3.50/ grams.
1)       Slices:
a) 3.1 grams - 25mm x 16mm x 3mm - $13
b) 6.5 grams - 28mm x 25mm x 3mm - $26
c) 14.5 grams - 40mm x 30mm x 4mm - $55 – complete slice.
d) 36.1 grams - 55mm x 50mm x 4mm - $130 – complete slice
e) 53.7 grams - 65mm x 60mm x 4mm - $190 – complete slice. Has interesting 18mm x 10mm melt pocket/ inclusion. 

NWA (8160): Carbonaceous chondrite. (CV3). Found before September 2013. Tkw = 5.3 kilograms.
I got a 3.5kg or so sack of mostly small fragments of this at the Denver Show. I wish I could have gotten more and bigger pieces after cutting some of this though. It is quite nice inside. The background is fairly light gray, making the chondrules and the common, often quite large CAI’s show very nicely. This has some weathering to it, but this seems to have only made some of the chondrules turn various shades of orange giving this stuff even greater visual appeal.
1)       Cut fragments:
a) 2.3 grams - 17mm x 17mm x 5mm - $12
b) 5.1 grams - 23mm x 15mm x 6mm - $25
c) 11.1 grams - 25mm x 22mm x 10mm - $55
d) 15.4 grams - 40mm x 27mm x 8mm - $75
e) 20.5 grams - 42mm x 30mm x 8mm - $100
f) 25.0 grams - 43mm x 32mm x 8mm - $125
g) 33.7 grams - 43mm x 30mm x 18mm - $160

DHOFAR (836), Oman. Achondrite (Ureilite). Found August 15, 2000. Tkw = 995 grams.
I got this from Steve Arnold in Tucson after he paid some really stupid low price for it in an auction. Steve was worried that he might be selling me the “only easy to cut ureilite” he has ever had. He needn’t have worried. Though this stone is oddly labeled as “low shock, S1” in the bulletin, it was anything but easy to prepare. I trashed a half dozen or so blades and finished off the last of my diamond polishing belts in cutting and preparing this stuff. I finally won the battle, but it took many days of work to complete. This did turn out nice though. I didn’t put a high polish on it so the individual grains show clearly.
1)       Slices:
a) 1.1 grams - 15mm x 7mm x 3mm - $28
b) 2.2 grams - 18mm x 18mm x 3mm - $55
c) 3.0 grams - 25mm x 15mm x 3mm - $75
d) 5.0 grams - 28mm x 24mm x 3mm - $120
e) 8.1 grams - 35mm x 25mm x 4mm - $180
2)       End piece:
a) 16.3 grams - 30mm x 20mm x 18mm - $325
d) 6.8 grams - 30mm x 20mm x 5mm - $100
e) 12.8 grams - 45mm x 24mm x 6mm - $180 

IMPACTITE: Lake Wanapitei, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
I got these in Tucson over a year ago and then forgot I had them (they were tucked into a small padded envelope). These are mostly 20gram or so thick slices and cut fragments of  “Suevite” from the Lake Wanapitei crater. This crater is 5.2 miles in diameter and estimated to be 37.2 million years old. These pieces show varying amounts if clasts in a light greenish background. Most of these have not been highly polished (the material is too soft) but spray-coated to bring out the colors and features better, as a high polish would.
                20+ gram slice or end piece (state your preference) - $20

Please note:
 Shipping:  For small US orders $3 should still be fine for now. Larger orders are now $12 (insurance is extra if desired – I’ll look it up if you want it). Overseas prices have gone up A LOT the past couple years. 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 around $12.

                I do have a new fax machine that seems to work (but I have to answer it and manually turn it on), so overseas people can contact me that way if they must  However, for overseas orders, it probably is best to go ahead and use my brmeteorites@yahoo.com e-mail. 

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 178 and Denver show info 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 178 and Denver show info 2015

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

…………………………………………………..LIST 178

September 2, 2015

Dear collectors,

Here is a small offering (that was supposed to go out yesterday but I took a bit too long on the mountain gathering mushrooms that “morning”) that I am mostly doing so I can also send out information on the Denver show that is far too close around the corner.

I will be gone from home from the morning of September 10th until probably around Wednesday the 23rd. The show itself opens on Sunday the 13th. For this year (more notes on this below) I will be in my usual room: 224 at what is now the RAMADA plaza (4849 Bannock St.). I will be setting up on Saturday the 12th and there is a chance that I might be open on Saturday afternoon (assuming they haven’t re-modeled the room yet again requiring me to spend time hunting down odd sized tables to borrow). I will be open the rest of the days (Sunday the 13th through Sunday the 20th) at 10AM. I will be open in the evenings at least until around 9pm to 10pm (depending upon if people are actually still visiting/ wandering the halls). I don’t know if I’ll be closing early on Friday (the 18th) this year. The place where COMETS used to hold their auction/ social event is no longer available so I think the event may have been canceled this year (but please do your own research to be sure I am not wrong on this). I also fear though that there is a chance that this might end up being my last Denver show for a bit as well. The hotel has gotten new owners and it seems those new owners either don’t want the hassle of shows in their hotel or have gotten greedy to the point that no one can afford it any more. The spring show (which is in the same hotel) that I enjoyed because it was the one show I got to wander around and goof-off as a buyer, has been canceled as no show agreement could be reached for future years. IF this happens to the fall show as well, I suspect that it would take quite some time and maneuvering to find a spot in a different venue (God, I REALLY don’t want to do a coliseum type show – no chance for after hours visiting and such).

Anyway, on to the offering:

ALBIN, Wyoming. (Pallasite). Found 1915. Tkw = 40+ kilograms.
Here are a couple pieces that are clearly left over from research work at some point (likely long ago). They are slices that are set in a block of resin with one side highly polished for research work. The resin block on the larger piece had a corner broken off but the slice is undamaged. Both show a very nice mix of metal and angular olivine crystals (of widely varying sizes).
a) slice in resin – 20mm x 15mm x 3mm - $40
b) slice in resin – 28mm x 16mm x 7mm - $100

ALLENDE, Mexico: Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3). Fell February 8, 1969.
Here is a small assortment of pieces I got from an old research collection. All pieces are very fresh but only the largest (the end piece) has crust. The crust on this piece covers probably 85 to 90% of the back side (just the usual edge/ corner chips).
a) two fragments (largest 12mm x 9mm x 4mm) - .8 grams - $12
b) 7.9 gram fragment (fresh but no crust) – 18mm x 16mm x 16mm - $100
c) 21.0 gram end piece with nice crust – 27mm x 22mm x 18mm - $250

CAPE YORK, Greenland: Medium octahedrite (IIIAB). Found 1818.
This is a nicely etched elongate bar specimen. Three edges are definitely cut with the fourth likely being a break along an inclusion (as opposed to a genuine exterior edge). For a time some years (10 plus?) this stuff was fairly easy to come by. I have seen very little of this meteorite available in recent times though.
6.13 gram etched slice – 25mm x 10mm x 3mm -$40

DIMMITT, Texas: (H3.7). Found 1942, recognized 1950.
This is a small complete slice I sold the previous owner back in December of 1993. About 2/3 of the natural edge is weathered fusion crust with the remainder appearing to be an old natural break. I think that this piece was cut from a stone that is a bit less weathered than most. The interior is lighter brown than most I have seen. There is also a fair amount of metal and troilite still clearly visible as well.
9.0 gram complete slice – 47mm x 16mm x 3mm - $30

ST. MICHEL, Finland: (L6). Fell July 12, 1910. Tkw = 16.45 kilograms.
I have had a number of specimens of this over the past few years, but this is probably the largest (or close to it). This is a long rectangular part slice (with two cut edges and two (the shorter sides) looking to be natural. This piece is really shows a nice breccia texture. It has lots of lighter colored rounded fragments from tiny up to 25mm in size. The areas between are dark shocked) gray.
21.0 gram part slice – 55mm x 22mm x 5mm - $400

SIKHOTE-ALIN, Russia: Coarsest octahedrite (IIAB). Ell February 12, 1947.
This is natural shrapnel fragment that the previous owner bought from Robert Haag back in 1991 (unfortunately, it didn’t come with the original R.H. label). I suspect that he paid a pretty high price for it. Back then, Sikhote-Alin was very hard to come by (so much so that Alain Carion featured a piece on the cover of his first book). It first came available for around $10/g or so (for shrapnel – which was all that was available). As the supply increased, the price dropped to around $3/g for awhile (eventually dropping far lower when the flood gates really opened up some years later). I suspect that it was around this $3/g that was paid or this piece. Anyway, it is a nice piece that shows a distinct shrapnel texture.
21.2 gram natural shrapnel piece – 35mm x 16mm x 15mm - $20

SPRINGWATER, Canada: (Pallasite). Found 1931. Tkw = 68+ kilograms.
I know a lot of pieces have been found in recent years but this piece is clearly from the first recovered specimen. It has the typical old museum style thick cut style (not the thin – see through olivine most collectors demand these days. Those while pretty can be hard to keep intact long term if not stored and handled very carefully). One side of this slice is polished and the other is etched. I spray coated this piece as it had nothing (but the bag it was in) protecting it before.
15.9 gram slice – 25mm x 23mm x 7mm - $250

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 177

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 177

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

…………………………………………………..LIST 177

August 11, 2015

Dear collectors,

This was supposed to go out last week but I was to busy catching up from being gone for the Creede show (I just now got finished unpacking and putting things away from the show)– I had a pile of work waiting for me when I got home.

CHICO, New Mexico: (L6) impact melt. Found January 1954. Tkw = 105 kilograms.
Most of this large stone was typical (L6) material/ texture. However, about 1/3 of it had a weird slaggy look to it (super fine texture, rounded metal blebs, vesicles and a weird greenish gray color). Interestingly, I had a large (400g) piece of this in Tucson and quickly sold it. Luckily, I picked up a small bag of small part slices a day or so later. These are what I have here (I put them in the drawer at the show). These are all from the impact melt/ slaggy portion of this meteorite.
1) Part slices:
a) 2.5 grams – 22mm x 8mm x 5mm - $15
b) 5.6 grams – 28mm x 15mm x 5mm - $34
c) 11.1 grams – 37mm x 27mm x 5mm - $65
d) 18.0 grams – 37mm x 32mm x 5mm - $100

To be honest, this is certainly not a great looking piece. It clearly has some ancient fracturing and little in the way of surface texture/ etching. I suspect that this is a stream bed recovery. The one thing interesting about it though is its source. The previous owner got it from Science Graphics, which was Richard Norton. Unfortunately, no card came with it (but then I don’t recall any of the Science Graphics specimens in this collection having any labels with them).
4.1 gram fragment as found – 22mm x 17mm x 9mm - $25

NWA 6950: Lunar meteorite. Gabbro. Found June 2011. Tkw = 1649 grams.
I had slices of this meteorite on my January 2015 mailed list. I nearly sold out – only having a couple .25 to .5g pieces left after the orders died off from that mailing. Luckily, I was able to pick up more of this in Tucson. So, if you thought about ordering a piece off of that list but delayed or forgot, I now have pieces of most sizes available once again. These crumbs and fragments are from my preparing larger (4 or 5g) pieces into those smaller sizes. This is a capsule containing dust, crumbs and fragments. Certainly nothing super exciting, but certainly something that should be tossed aside.
.08 grams of dust crumbs and fragments in a capsule - $30

NWA 8159: Martian (augite basalt). Found 2013. Tkw = 149.5 grams.
Here is one that (despite what some may say) I discovered. It was in the “likely trash” pile of rocks that the owner had brought to my room in Denver 2013. We had few customers and lots of flooding (which was why we had few customers) so I willingly ran a bunch of interesting things on my XRF to help sort things out. I commented that this one was a meteorite as it showed obvious shock veins. Thankfully, the thing was cut open so I could run a cut surface (I generally don’t fully trust weathered surfaces as their chemistry can be pretty goofed up). I expected to see data for a eucrite come up (as that is pretty much what this looked like). However, the data (Fe/Mn ratio, P, etc.) came up as Martian! Obviously, a piece of this quickly got sent in for research. When that got done it turned out that not only was this a Martian, it was a NEW TYPE of Martian! I was promised a good piece of this. What I did get was a 2g block that I cut up and have already sold all of but these “pieces” here (if you want real specimens you’ll need to contact Eegooblago Meteorites. I think he is the only one with this material to sell). I am not certain what they are asking for this material at this point. It started at $5k/g went to $8159/g (matching its NWA number) and I was told (but did not look into it) it was now $10k/g. Really high on first glance, but I know a decent amount of “Black Beauty” (of which there is a whole lot more of) sold for this and higher.
a) .11g of powder salvaged from cutting of this material in a vial - $225

PHILIPPINITE: Rizalite. Tektite from the Philippine Islands.
This is another specimen that was part of a collection I bought over a year ago. It is also one I sold the previous owner back in 1989. The “card” the previous owner had with this had the note “Excellent grooving”. And it indeed does show this. A neat and quite rare specimen these days.
83.3 gram complete “individual” as found – 60mm x 40mm x 27mm - $115

TISSINT, Morocco: Martian (olivine-phyric shergottite). Fell July 18, 2011. Tkw = around 7 kilograms.
Here are a couple really fresh fragments that have really bright and shiny fusion crust covering about 1/3 of the specimen. I saw very little of this material available in Tucson this year and the prices were substantially higher than even what they were in Denver the September before. I guess this strewn field is already pretty much worked out. I also recall that there was some announcement concerning organics that might be associated with life were recently found in some pieces of this fall (I’m sure that did anything but make this stuff more affordable). Anyway, here is a chance to pick up a great little piece (or two).
1) Fragments with fusion crust:
a) .330 grams – 9mm x 5mm x 5mm - $300
b) .402 grams – 9mm x 6mm x 6mm - $360

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 176 - Ancient Meteorite Coins

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 176 - Ancient Meteorite Coins

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

…………………………………………………..LIST 176

July 21, 2015

Dear collectors,

Sorry that this is going out so late.

Here is a small selection of ancient coins that are believed to show a meteorite. The oldest one is sliver and shows a man (Zeus) sitting on what is supposed to be a meteorite. The “newer” ones are bronze and show a stone (that had supposedly been seen to have fallen from the sky) either in a temple or on a wheeled cart. I’ll try to give a bit better description of each below. I am not an ancient coin expert but I did pick these up from a person who is. I was told that these (as pretty much any of the ancient “meteorite” coins) are quite scarce. Blake and I have taken a couple group shot photos (of all 4 together one front one back). These pictures didn’t turn out super well as we really don’t have the proper equipment (most coin photographers have special lighting and such to bring out details) and most of these are in holders (that reflect light and glare pretty badly). I’ll send these pictures to those interested.

a) Selucid Kingdom: Antiochus (III) the great. Circa 223 – 187 BC.
This is a small silver coin that is roughly 16mm diameter and weighs 4.1 grams. The front has a high relief (but somewhat hard to make out) face facing right. The reverse has lettering and a person (Zeus) sitting on a stone (called Omphalus according to the info I was given) and is supposedly a meteorite - $250

b) Antonius Pius: 138-161 AD.
This is a 23mm diameter bronze coin that weighs 9.7 grams. The obverse has a bust (likely of Antonius Pius) facing right. The back has a stone (meteorite) in a temple with an eagle standing on the roof point. The description note that comes with this coin says this is “Sacred stone of Zeus Kasios in tetrastyle shrine, with pyramidal roof surmounted by eagle”. The meteorite, shrine and bust are fairly clear on this, but not much else - $100

c) Elagabaus: 218-222 AD.
This is a 25mm diameter 9.8 gram bronze coin (likely the same denomination as the above piece). The obverse has a bust facing right. The reverse has a stone (meteorite) in a wheeled cart. I was told this is the “Cart of Astarte with the stone of Emasa or Sidon”. This coin has a fairly heavy green patina but a good amount of details are visible none the less - $125

d) Elagabaus: 218-222 AD.
This is a 29mm diameter 15.2 gram bronze coin. As the above piece, it has a bust facing right on the obverse and a stone in a wheeled cart on the reverse. Again, the reverse is supposedly the “cart of Astarte with the stone of Emasa or Sidon”. The bust and cart are fairly clear (for an 1800 year old piece of bronze anyway) on this coin but further details are hard, at best, to make out - $150

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- List 175 - Meteorite watches

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

…………………………………………………..LIST 175

June 24, 2015

Dear collectors,
  Here is your chance to buy, wear and show off a stylish new watch this summer. I have a group photo of these loaded in my computer and ready to send to anyone interested.

Here is a selection of wrist- watches that were brought to me in Tucson. These belonged to a collector (not from the original source) who bought these years ago at a show in Europe. Regardless, all but one are in brand new, unworn condition. The three that are quartz movements have also had new batteries put in them. These three also come with certificates (in German I think) stating that they are meteorite watches.

a) GIBEON faced watch.
This is the smallest sized watch of the group, and is, by far the lightest as the case is made out of Titanium. This is also the only watch that shows any sign of use (I was told it was worn a couple times and then set aside). The dial (27mm diameter) shows a nice typical Gibeon fine octahedrite etch and gold tone hands. The case and buckle are a nice brushed gray titanium metal. This has an orange- brown leather band. - $150

b) DAMASCUS style dial face:
This is probably the largest watch of the group (about 40mm diameter). The dial itself is around 32mm diameter and has the wavy bands of light and dark layers like a damascus forged knife. I have no idea what meteorite this was made from, unfortunately. Regardless, it is a good looking item. The case looks to be mostly polished stainless (and the XRF says the same). The 4mm wide rim around the crystal is brushed and has engraved roman numerals which makes it easier to accurately set and read this watch (this is the ONLY watch of the group that has numbers for reference). This comes with a black leather band. The original price (sticker is still on this) was $300. Now yours for $200

c) GIBEON faced watch:
This is a fairly simple watch by overall design but has an artistic flare. It is a basic brushed stainless steel case on a black likely leather band. The dial (28mm diameter) is etched Gibeon and has simple black hands. The interesting feature of this watch is that it has a couple dozen or so tiny faceted gem stones (likely cubic zirconia. They sparkle really bright but I doubt they used actual diamonds here) that free-float between two glass plates above the dial. No purpose, but quite eye-catching in the light. This didn’t have any original price info with it but I suspect that it was not terribly cheap as it comes in an interesting (custom?) holder/ display box. - $225

d) TOLUCA (?) faced watch.
This one is my favorite of the group. This is partly because it is the only mechanical (wind-up) of the group (no batteries needed but if you forget to wind it you won’t know what time it is) and partly for its style. The dial (26mm diameter) has a cut-away area that allows some of the winding and setting mechanisms to be seen (that are normally hidden under the dial). I cannot be certain that this is Toluca but it has an etch that certainly looks similar to Toluca (though perhaps just a but smaller in plate size than some I’ve seen) and I know this was a popular meteorite for high end watch dials years ago. This is an 18 jewel movement (no maker info that I could see) and also has another high end feature (that I don’t have on any of my mechanical watches in my collection) it has an alarm! The original price sticker is still on this one and it was $500. It can now be yours for $350