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SIKHOTE-ALIN, MARITIME TERRITORY, FEDERATED SSR, U.S.S.R.

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ME-597 SIKHOTE-ALIN, MARITIME TERRITORY, FEDERATED SSR, U.S.S.R. Iron. Octahedrite, coarsest.  (IIB)  “CM” REF: P. 327, “HBIM” REF: P.  1123, and “ARN’S” REF: P. 291.  This witnessed fall took place on February 12, 1947 -- documented as the largest meteorite shower in historical time.  From the “Catalogue of Meteorites”, the following information is provided: “A shower of fireballs fell in this forest in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains, 25 miles fro Novopoltavka, Maritime Province, producing 106 impact holes, the largest 28 meters across, over an area of 100 X 600 meters.  Many fragments, up to 300 Kg in weight, were found scattered inside and outside the holes.”  In the “Handbook of Iron Meteorites”, Vol. 2, P. 1123-1130 (1975) it is noted that: “The largest   shower in historical time occurred in Eastern Siberia.  The unique phenomenon was observed by many witnesses and has been the subject of numerous, very thorough studies by Russian scientists.  The apparent diameter of the bolide with its luminous envelope was estimated to be 600 m, and the length of the smoke trail was 33 +/- 9 Km.  The brightness of the bolide exceeded that of the Sun, according to eyewitnesses.”  A Xerox copy of the complete 8 page write-up from the “Handbook of Iron Meteorites” will be sent with any order for one or more specimens, if requested. 

TYPE I - Natural specimens with very thin, reddish-brown oxidized surface, as field collected.  Each of these examples shows the characteristic, very rough, almost shrapnel-like surface features which are typical of this fall.  All are very attractive, and quite suitable for display.  All are from the personal collection of  Walter Zeitschel, and his original collection labels are available for each specimen in this group.  Pricing is @ +/- $2.50 per gram. 

A)  167.00 grams   3 1/8 X 1 1/2 X   5/8”     $ 417.50  SOLD
B)  173.80 grams   1 3/4 X 1 1/2 X 1    ”     $ 434.50  SOLD
C)  179.25 grams   2 1/2 X 1 3/4 X   7/8”     $ 448.00  SOLD
D)  234.20 grams   2 1/8 X 1 3/4 X 1 1/4”     $ 585.50  SOLD
 

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TYPE II - Polished slices - each is a complete slice with all edges showing the natural, very lightly oxidized surface features as described in Type I above.  Each slice has one highly polished, almost mirror-like surface showing bright, unoxidized silvery gray metal.  The back of each slice has a bright, unpolished, smooth saw cut surface.  The cut and polished surfaces of each of these slices have been preserved with a thin, durable coating of Krylon to prevent surface oxidization.  Measurements, in this group only, are given: length X width in inches, and the thickness of each slice is given in millimeters.  Pricing is @ +/- $2.50 / gram. 

E)  111.34 grams   2 1/4 X 2 1/8” X 5 mm      $ 278.25  
F)  114.04 grams   3 1/8 X 2 1/8” X 5 mm      $ 285.00  
G)  136.38 grams   2 1/4 X 2 1/4” X 6 mm      $ 341.00  
 
 

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TYPE III - End cuts - each specimen is approximately half of a complete individual, i.e., an end cut.  The backs of the specimens are in natural condition, as described in Type I, above.  One side only has been cut and polished, exhibiting an almost mirror-like surface showing the bright, unoxidized silvery gray metal interior of the meteorite.  The cut and polished surface of each end cut has been preserved with a thin, durable coating of Krylon to prevent surface oxidization.  Pricing is @ +/- $2.50  / gram. 

H)  183.36 grams   2 1/8 X 1 5/8 X 1    ”     $ 458.50  
I)  234.70 grams   3     X 2     X 1    ”     $ 586.75  
J)  287.10 grams   2 1/8 X 1 5/8 X 1 3/4”     $ 717.75

TYPE IV - Exhibit pairs - institutions or collectors maintaining collections for display or exhibit may wish to consider the following offers, i.e., exhibit pairs, cut from the same complete individual.  The polished surface of each specimen is a mirror image of the other and, when placed together, the two fit back together perfectly.  These specimens can be purchased separately, as noted above in Type II and Type III.  Purchased as a pair, a 10% discount is offered, reducing the price for each pair, as follows: 

                                               PREPARATION     GR. WEIGHT      LIST  PRICE      SAVINGS     DISC.  PRICE 
Pair # 1: Type II  F)  Polished slice    114.04 grams    $ 285.00    - $ 28.50     $ 256.50 
          Type III I)  Polished end cut  234.70 grams    $ 586.75    - $ 58.75     $ 528.00 
          Totals:                        348.74 grams    $ 871.75    - $ 87.25     $ 784.50 
 
PAIR # 2: Type III H)  Polished end cut  183.36 grams    $ 458.50    - $ 45.75     $ 412.75 
          Type III J)  Polished end cut  287.10 grams    $ 717.75    - $ 71.75     $ 646.00 
          Totals:                        470.46 grams    $1176.25    - $117.50     $1058.75  
 

 

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