Michael Blood - Current Meteorite Catalog

Meteorites that nailed something!

Painting by Jerry Armstrong
Meteorites for sale that bashed cars,crunched mailboxes,
smashed houses, killed animals and mauled humans.
This is the real rogues gallery of the meteorite world:

NOTE: This Page was updated 2-10-16
if you have not been to this page since before 2-10-16

JUST IN: 2 Forest City super thin part slices

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Though the list is relatively short (well under 150 falls) "hammers"
(meteorites that "nailed" something) are as rewarding and interesting to collect as any
meteoritic category could possibly be - with exceptional variety, costs from the
inexpensive to the very expensive and including the most common varieties from the
H5s & L6s to the most exotic HH, with Cos, EL s and even the highly debated Martian
(Long live the Nakhla dog!).  

It is my hope that visitors to this site will be both entertained and inspired to take up this
"new" area of collecting as have I and several others.
Happy Hunting! Michael

Besides Walter Branch, there are many who have contributed to my ability to put this site togeather.
While I am sure I will be overlooking some, I would like to thank Paul Harris, Bob Walker, Martin
Horejsi, E.T., Mike Farmer, Dirk Ross, Matt Morgan, Blaine Reed, the real Steve Arnold, Adam
Hupe, Eric Twelker, Rob Wesel, Eric Olson, Mark Bostick, Geoff Notkin and Jerry Armstrong.

1). "Hammer" - any individual which is part of a hammer fall in which one or more of the
individuals struck an artifact, animal or human.
2)"Hammer Stone(s)" - the specific individual(s) that struck the artifact, animal or human.
: Most collectors obviously value a "Hammer Stone" more than other individuals
in a hammer fall. However, in the case of many hammers, the specific "hammer
stone(s) is/are not available. Examples include, but are not limited to: Chiang-Khan in
which many stones "rained down" on a fisherman's boat. (one of only 2 hammer falls known
to hit a boat?). The fisherman considered the black rocks "evil" and threw them ALL into
the river! Still, many of us "hammer heads" value having an individual or part of an
individual from that fall. Another example is Barwell, which included an individual
that came through an apartment window, bounced off the floor and landed in a lady's
tea cup! She is said to have thrown it away! Of course the individual "hammer stone"
involved is not available. I have not Been able to track down any of the other Barwell
stones reported to have Struck cars and buildings in this fall. (I haven't even been able
to trace the small Mbale stone that struck the boy - but we do enjoy having
representatives of these falls. On the other hand, many hammers consist of a single stone,
so, everyone that collects said hammer falls has a piece of THE hammer stone.
Examples include but are in no way limited to Peekskill and Claxton (two of the
more famous hammers ever, having struck a car and a mailbox, respectively).
Some people may value only Hammers from which they can get the or a piece of the
actual hammer stone(s). That is fine. Most of us hammer heads, however, will collect
what is available from any hammer fall, though, of course, hammer stones, themselves,
will be most valued.


NOTE: In deference to Walter Branch, all hammers are listed in chronological order according
to date of fall. Thanks, Walter, for all the work and inspiration!

DATE ............             FALL NAME                 LOCATION    .......... OBJECT STRUCK       

July 24, 1790                Barbotan  (H5)            Barbotan, France    COTTAGE

(Click on photo to enlarge image)
This is one of the oldest recorded meteorite falls, and according to Michael Hammerschlag

Barbotan "crushed cottage- killed farmer and some cattle"
While many pieces were recovered, only 6.9 kg has been preserved - mostly in museums &
other institutions. Barbotan is of historical significance as it fell more than a decade before
"stones from the sky" were accepted by scientists. This meteorite is seldom available to
2 exceptionally thin (1mm) partslices and one super thin end piece:      

.537g = $535-

.6g =   SOLD

.627g = $625- See Photo  HERE

1.1g =  SOLD

.62g = $620- (Thin, large partslice)

.69g = $690- (Thin, large partslice)SOLD


1.16g = $1,150- (Thin, large partslice)

4.38g = $6,500- (Ultrathin large partslice) SOLD

Dec. 19,1798               Benares (a) (LL4) Benares, India                  BUILDING
Precious little information exists as to the event of this meteorite, although a great deal
has been made of this being one of the four meteorites scientifically studied in the 1800s
to establish the existence of chondrules among other constituents of meteorites. As rare
as hard to come by as information regarding the fall is any material of this meteorite.
As early as 1899, this has been one of the most difficult of all meteorites to acquire, listed
in Cohen's prices at $55.32 per gram - that is the price over 100 years ago!

Available here, is one small fragment = $375- See Photo

April 26, 1803 1PM L'Agle (L6) Orne, France Struck a House & Man
Painting by Jerry Armstrong

Jean-Baptiste Biot's report of the L'Aigle fall: - In the village of St. Michel one stone
fell on the pavement of the church yard. The stone ricochetted from the pavement
about one foot back into the air and came to rest at the feet of the chaplain who
happened to stand in the churchyard during the fall. - Near the village of Bas Vernett
a pear tree was hit. The stone cut off a branch of the tree. - In the village of Mesle the
roof ridge of a house was hit. A large bar of wood came loose. The stone rolled down
the roof and fell to the ground. - In the village of Des Anées Mr. Piche, a wirepuller
was hit on the arm by a small stone. When he picked it up it was so hot that he
dropped it instantly.

Unfortunately, L'Aigle is one of the most difficult to get of the "common" meteorites.
By "common" I mean common in both type and TKW (@ 40 KG) However, this
meteortite is holds such a significant position in the history of how man views the
solar system and the nature of the physical universe that nearly every gram of this
fall is held in institutions - all of which value it highly. For instance, at the last Tucson
Show the wholesale price for this material in quantity was $1,000 per gram. Fortunately,
its position in history has overshadowed it status as a hammer, or the price would
undoubtedly have climbed even higher.

I got all I could afford and offer them here at what is a very "modest" price relative
to the price it demands at the wholesale level: (The 4 smaller pieces have some fusion
crust on the edges which can be seen in the inset photos)

.5g Fragment with Fusion Crust = $600-

JPG Fragment Click on photos to enlarge

.574g Part Slice with Fusion Crusted edge & copy of
its old Natural History Musuem of Paris Label = $600-

Part Sice with old Museum Label Click on photos to enlarge

.901g = $1,125-SOLD
1.137g = $1,420- SOLD
1.781g = $2,225-
2.080g = $2,600-SOLD

(All the above are very thinly sliced & have at least some fusion crust on the ege (below)

4.967g = $6,200-SOLDClick on photos to enlarge

Dec. 14, 1807             Weston   (H4)   Weston, CT,U.S.A. BUILDING  

Photos: Old Weston Post Office.............Large Weston specimen.........Old Photo - Weston Historical Society
(Click on photos to enlarge images)
The first recorded fall of a meteorite in the New World,
and of the beginning of Yale’s meteorite collection,
the oldest in the United States. A chemical analysis of the meteorite made by Silliman,
the first to be performed in this country and among the first few in the world—was read
before the American Philosophical Society in March 1808, and published in its Transactions
the following year. Silliman was therefore established as the first active American participant
early in the development of the field of meteoritics.
He presented pieces of Weston to important friends as well as to scientific institutions. Some
of them eventually found their way into museum collections around the world, thereby
ensuring their preservation. Out of the approximately 350 pounds of the meteorite that fell
on the town of Weston, less than 50 pounds can now be accounted for. Many stones were
smashed by the finders in the town: “Strongly impressed with the idea that these stones
contained gold and silver, they subjected them to all the tortures of ancient alchemy, and the
goldsmith’s crucible, the forge, and the blacksmith’s anvil, were employed in vain to elicit
riches which existed only in the imagination.”Much of the rest undoubtedly gathered dust
on numerous 19th century mantelpieces in western Connecticut before being thrown away.

After reading a report by the two Yale professors, President Thomas Jefferson is reputed to
have said, "It is easier to believe that two Yankee professors would lie than that stones would
fall from heaven!" In another version of the story, after listening to an account of the Weston
event and examining a specimen while dining with a senator, Jefferson said that five words
were enough to sum up the case: "It is all a lie."

Scholars have never been able to pinpoint the original source of Thomas Jefferson's words
about the meteorite fall. Jefferson had a broad knowledge of science, so historians doubt
that he actually uttered such narrow-minded comments. Perhaps they were invented by
one of Jefferson's detractors to embarrass him.

We do know that Jefferson was interested in the Weston event and called for a careful
investigation. This study was performed by Nathaniel Bowditch of Salem, the famous
author of "American Practical Navigator" and one of America's most noted astronomers.
His findings confirmed those of the Yale professors. Stones had indeed fallen from the
heavens over Weston, Connecticut. So significant and popular this material is has resulted
in it simply NOT being available any longer.
click on photo for larger image
Note: TOP ROW 2nd & 3rd specimens from the left are SOLD
2ND ROW: 2nd & 3rd speciemns from the left are SOLD

Small frag = 35-
Med Frag = 50-
Lg Frag = 75-
XLg Frags = 150- See Here
.411g frag = $200- with large FUSION CRUSTED area See Here
.587g frag = $300- with cut face See SOLD
.930g frag = $425- See SOLD

July 14, 1847 BRAUNAU Zxech Republic (Iron Hex. IIA) HOUSE
Photo: Braunau specimen, Berlin Museum
It is often said that Nan-Tan is the only Iron witnessed fall, but that is not so! Read the newspaper
account below describing the Braunau fall of 1847:
On the 14th July last, a remarkable aerolite fell at Braunau, in Bohemia. Two fragments were
found, one weighing fifteen, the other twenty-one kilogrammes. The aerolite appeared to proceed,
as is very often the case, from a small black cloud. The smaller fragment fell upon a house, pierce
the roof, struck the beam which caused it to deviate slightly from its course, passed through a
ceiling composed of white clay and straw, and entered a room where several persons were assembled,
but, fortunately, no one was hurt...A fragment has been analyzed by M. Fischer, of Breslau, who
found in it, besides sulphuretted iron, carbon, phosphorus and bromine.

Literary Gazette/Sandusky Clarion Newspaper

One of only two irons to hit things, Braunau, like many hammers, is nearly impossible to get.
It just cannot be had. I am proud to make two thin, Etched individuals available to the growing
numbers of hammerheads :

.883g = $650-SOLD

1.5g Etched, thinly sliced / FC edge = $825-
click on photo for larger image

1.72g Etched, thinly cut part slice = $1,000- click on photo for larger image


December 9, 1858 Ausson (L5) Haute Garonne, France. Struck a Building

Very little is reported about this fall, very little material has ever been
Sold out - Trying to get some more - JUST IN!
(If I can ever get it cheaper, I will offer it cheaper - but don't hold your breath!)

.180g = $150-

.261g = $265- 261
.371g = $375- 371click on photos for larger images
.744g = $745- 745
.797g = $800-

May 1, 1860             New Concord             Ohio   KILLED A HORSE

Struck and killed a young horse. Fell in Muskingum County on May 1, 1860. It was
named after the nearest town, New Concord, which is also the hometown of the first
American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn.
This is one of the truly classic hammers, now nearly a century and a half old and
still one of the very best buys. These are all I have left:

24.533g = SOLD
19.773g = SOLD
10.436g = SOLD
7.094g =

5.145g = $235-
8.619g = SOLD (Listed in photo as 6.619 - actually 2 grams heavier) SOLD
9.442g = $435-
9.291g = $430-
8.192g = SOLD
10.781g = $470-
11.569g = $525-
8.298g = SOLD
16.890g = $760-
20.417g = $850-

Aug. 8, 1868                Pillistfer ( EL6)        Pillistfer, Estonia      BUILDING

(Click on photo to enlarge image)  
This is one of the all time great historic witnessed falls of a rare type (EL6), exceptionally
hard to get,

1.839g = SOLD
.705g = SOLD
.574g = SOLD
   FINALLY got another piece in:
1.517g = $1,250- See Photo
( a beauty with a natural, fusion crusted edge at the top)
And now, another:
36mg = $125 - see photo:   Click on any photo to Enlarge

Jan.30, 1868      Pultusk (H5)            Warsaw, Poland           HOUSES

(Painting by Jerry Armstrong - Click on photo to enlarge image)
The Pultusk meteorite fell January 30, 1868 at 7:00 PM in the town of Pultusk, NE of
Warsaw, Poland. A large fireball and detonations were followed by a shower of small
stones falling over a large area. Thousands of small stones rained down on the land and
houses, most between a few tenths of a gram and ten grams and are known as "Pultusk
Offered here is a single stone, fully fusion crusted, and somewhat large for a Pultusk
- weighing 14.74g and including a label from the "Naturhistorisches Museum Wien"
from the era of the fall. (See photos) This historic piece with its label is available = SOLD

2.132g Frag with @30% Fusion Crust and 20% polished side = SOLD 
3.424g Perfect Whole stone with 100% rich, black Fusion Crust = SOLD 
FINALLY got some original famous Pultusk "Peas."
100% Fusion Crusted
Each one comes with a color copy of the original label:

DeadHorse2.jpgClick on photos to enlarge

#1 - .361g = $60-
#2 - .793g = $75-
#3 - 1.043g = $95-
#4 - 1.530g = $ SOLD
#5 - 1.350g = $125-
#6 - 1.566g = $140-
#7 - 1.685g = $150-
#8 - 2.000g = $180-

Click on photos to enlarge
9. 1.331g = $135- SOLD
#10. 1.145g = $115- SOLD
#11. 1.401g = $140- SOLD
#12. 1.431g = $145-

6.066g = $500 Blacker specimen & 100%FC
Click on photos to enlarge

NOTE: The "silver" tip is light reflection from the membrane box, not loss of FC on the specimen.




Nov. 19, 1881   Grossliebenthal (L6) Odessa, Ukraine,USSR BUILDING (& A MAN?)
Structure in the Grossliebenthal region of Russia
(Click on photo to enlarge image)

This is one of the most frustrating hammers to research as there is both much said - but
with little revealed! While sources cite a building being struck at least 3 sources state that
a man was injured. One even states he was specifically a "postilion" (which the dictionary
defines as the rider of the left front horse of a team of horses drawing a carriage). However,
this reference was from a newspaper and we are not provided the man's name and he is
not mentioned in the Catalogue of Meteorites.
In any event, one thing that IS certain is that this material is VERY difficult to obtain and
I have never managed to acquire more than a few tiny fragments.
Priced according to size as follows:

Small = $50- SALE = 40- with any other purchase
Medium = $75- SALE = 65- with any other purchase
Large = 100- SOLD
See Photo HERE

May 2, 1890          Forest City      Iowa, USA        One Stone Struck a HAYSTACK
 1,493g Specimen of Forest City in the Museum of National History, N.Y. 
(Click on photo to enlarge image)

This is the fall that established the law of meteorites ownership based on the owner of the
land where the meteorite alights. Read about the case that went all the way to the Iowa
Supreme Court to establish this precedence - making this one of the most important falls in US history:

To Read more, click

Late in the afternoon of May 2, 1890, people in northern Iowa were startled by the
appearance of a great fireball in the west which eclipsed for a moment the sunlight of an
almost cloudless sky. Traveling at incredible speed from the southwest the meteor roared
across the sky sputtering and throwing off a long train of sparks. The dazzling head,
likened to the moon in size, left a heavy line of black smoke in its water, distinctly marking
the meteor's course through the heavens.
(Ben Hur Wilson in a recent number of "
The Palimpsest," published by the State Historical Society of Iowa at Iowa City)

The meteor descended at an angle variously judged to incline from 50 degrees to 55
degrees with the horizon, and to the eye its course was apparently from the southwest to
the northeast. The final explosion occurred over Winnebago county about eleven miles
northwest of Forest City. An area some three or four miles in length and from one and
one-half to two miles in width was showered with meteorites. Although this meteoric field
was adjacent to the town of Thompson, it was readily accessible from Forest City, the
county seat. Inasmuch as most of the publicity emanated from the latter place, the meteor
became known as the Forest City meteor, though Thompson would have been a more
accurate geographical designation.
(Iowa Recorder; Greene, Butler co. Iowa; July 1929)

Sorry, all Forest City Sold Out -NOW 2 MORE SPECIMENS:

NOTE: More Forest City just in (After about 2 Years of searching.... VERY difficult to get at ANY price:

Micromount = $35- SOLD

132mg = $125- Click on any photo to enlarge image

181mg = $175-

1.354g with FC= $750-


Spring 1903/1917   PlainviewHale City, Texas BROKE CORRAL

(Click on photo to enlarge image)
In the Spring of 1903, in Hale City, Texas one of the stones
of the Plainview "find," (which was not reported until 1917) struck
and broke the crossbeam of a horse corral. This report
was related to me by Blaine Reed, from whom I bought his
last piece. Had this report been from any dealer of lesser
reputation for honesty than Blaine, himself, I would not
have taken it as gospel.

Each of the following part slices were cut from the stone
that broke the corral:
19.661g = $550-
13.045g = SOLD
11.449g = $365-
5.962g = SOLD

available pieces of this hammer stone.

Nov. 4, 1906     Diep River (L5)       Cape Province, South Africa HOUSE

At 4:30 PM, near Diep River, Western Cape, South Africa, a 910 gram stone fell and crashed
through a metal roof of a house, on a farm called HERMITAGE.
An extremely rare meteorite with a very low total known weight - nearly impossible to get.
Until I got the only available material I have found, my own collection had only a .241g
specimen. Now that is available as well as the others listed below (these are the only specimens
I may every have of this material:

.080g = SOLD
.671g = SOLD
.973g = SOLD

Just in: 50mg = $75- Click on photo to enlarge image

June 30, 1908 TUNGUSKA Evenkiyskiy, Russia Killed Reindeer, knocked a man down
Tunguska event

A ferocious impact near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in remote Siberia--and after 100 years,
scientists are still talking about it.

"If you want to start a conversation with anyone in the asteroid business all you have to say is
Tunguska," says Don Yeomans, manager of the Near-Earth Object Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory. "It is the only entry of a large meteoroid we have in the modern era with first-hand

Above: Trees felled by the Tunguska explosion. Credit: the Leonid Kulik Expedition. [more]

While the impact occurred in '08, the first scientific expedition to the area would have to wait for 19
years. In 1921, Leonid Kulik, the chief curator for the meteorite collection of the St. Petersburg
museum led an expedition to Tunguska. But the harsh conditions of the Siberian outback thwarted
his team's attempt to reach the area of the blast. In 1927, a new expedition, again lead by Kulik,
reached its goal.

"At first, the locals were reluctant to tell Kulik about the event," said Yeomans. "They believed the
blast was a visitation by the god Ogdy, who had cursed the area by smashing trees and killing animals."

While testimonials may have at first been difficult to obtain, there was plenty of evidence lying around.
Eight hundred square miles of remote forest had been ripped asunder. Eighty million trees were on
their sides, lying in a radial pattern.

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"Those trees acted as markers, pointing directly away from the blast's epicenter," said Yeomans.
"Later, when the team arrived at ground zero, they found the trees there standing upright – but
their limbs and bark had been stripped away. They looked like a forest of telephone poles."

Such debranching requires fast moving shock waves that break off a tree's branches before the
branches can transfer the impact momentum to the tree's stem. Thirty seven years after the
Tunguska blast, branchless trees would be found at the site of another massive explosion
– Hiroshima, Japan.

Kulik's expeditions (he traveled to Tunguska on three separate occasions) did finally get some of
the locals to talk. One was the man based at the Vanara trading post who witnessed the heat blast
as he was launched from his chair. His account:

Suddenly in the north sky… the sky was split in two, and high above the forest the whole northern
part of the sky appeared covered with fire… At that moment there was a bang in the sky and a
mighty crash… The crash was followed by a noise like stones falling from the sky, or of guns firing.
The earth trembled.

The massive explosion packed a wallop. The resulting seismic shockwave registered with sensitive
barometers as far away as England. Dense clouds formed over the region at high altitudes which
reflected sunlight from beyond the horizon. Night skies glowed, and reports came in that people
who lived as far away as Asia could read newspapers outdoors as late as midnight. Locally,
hundreds of reindeer, the livelihood of local herders, were killed, but there was no direct evidence
that any person perished in the blast.

"A century later some still debate the cause and come up with different scenarios that could have
caused the explosion," said Yeomans. "But the generally agreed upon theory is that on the
morning of June 30, 1908, a large space rock, about 120 feet across, entered the atmosphere of
Siberia and then detonated in the sky."

It is estimated the asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere traveling at a speed of about 33,500 miles
per hour. During its quick plunge, the 220-million-pound space rock heated the air surrounding
it to 44,500 degrees Fahrenheit. At 7:17 a.m. (local Siberia time), at a height of about 28,000 feet,
the combination of pressure and heat caused the asteroid to fragment and annihilate itself,
producing a fireball and releasing energy equivalent to about 185 Hiroshima bombs.

"That is why there is no impact crater," said Yeomans. "The great majority of the asteroid is
consumed in the explosion."

Yeomans and his colleagues at JPL's Near-Earth Object Office are tasked with plotting the orbits
of present-day comets and asteroids that cross Earth's path, and could be potentially hazardous to
our planet. Yeomans estimates that, on average, a Tunguska-sized asteroid will enter Earth's
atmosphere once every 300 years.

Exceptional specimen of surviving tree section showing the 1908 ring = $650-Last one SOLD

ringsClick on photo to enlarge


June 28, 1911             Nakhla           Alexandria, Egypt         reportedly killed a DOG                                                                

Click on photo to enlarge image                                                     
There is some hot debate as
to whether this actually occurred. For nearly a century it had
simply been accepted that the newspaper report on the Nakhla Dog being struck and killed
in the famous fall of this signature SNC was accurate, though exaggerated by the claim he
was "instantly turned to ashes." However, in his landmark article published in METEORITE
magazine, Kevin Kichinka brilliantly and exhaustively outlined every aspect of the Nakhla
fall, which included what appeared to be absolute proof that every aspect of the report of
a dog being hit and killed in the fall was without foundation. (it should be noted that this
aspect of Kevin's article was only a small portion of his brilliant report on the Nakhla fall,
for which, among other accolades, he was presented the prestigious Harvey Award).
People thereafter mourned the loss of such a romantic figure as the Nakhla Dog.
It wasn't until some time later that Ron Baalke from  J.P.L. (NASA), wrote a truly amazing
argument for the definite possibility that The Nakhla Dog did, truly exist.
This led to a series of debates between the two which are both fascinating and highly
intelligent in their nature as they went round and round this issue. While Kevin's arguments
were quite solid, it appeared to most that Ron's counter arguments were so inclusive as to at
least be worthy of considering the POSSIBILITY that a dog actually was nailed in this fall.
(A small portion of the debate included reference to the wording, "instantly turned to ashes"
as a major error in the translation to English from Hindi, Farsi, or whatever language in which
the original newspaper was printed).
In any event, hope was revived and the cry is still occasionally heard, "The Nakhla Dog Lives!"
(Ironic, since he supposedly DIED)
It should also be noted that the recent publication of the newest edition of THE CATALOGUE
OF METEORITES included comment that there was a report of a dog struck and killed in the
fall. In that spirit, but not without ambivalence, I include Nakhla in this listing of available
This material sells regularly at $4,000 per gram.

Small frag = $25 ea.
Click on photo to enlarge image


July 19, 1912     Holbrook  (L/LL6)  Navajo County, AZ       TRAIN STATION
Holbrook Strewnfield today
of Stones"From an Italian sunday newspaper cover (La Domenica Del Corriere, October 6th 1946) featuring the Holbrook
meteorite fall. Thanks to Rob Wesel & Svend Buhl for permission
(Click on photos to enlarge images)
One of the two great falls of the twentieth century (O Norton): The Holbrook meteorite
arrived in spectacular fashion on 19 July 1912. The fall was heralded by a loud blast
followed by smaller explosions and a protracted rumble which lasted roughly 2 minutes,
in the early evening (Foote, 1912; Merrill, 1912; Banks and Benny, 2001). At least 14,000
stones fell in a large strewnfield (area from which meteorite fragments are recovered)
along the Santa Fe railway line, extending for at least 6 miles (10 km) to the east of the
town of Holbrook in Navajo county, Arizona. The heaviest concentration of fragments
was recovered around the Aztec railway yard. Stones varied in size from sand grains to
masses weighing 6.6 kg (Mason and Wiik, 1961; Norton, 1994; Grady, 2000, pp.240-241)
11.415g Parslice with fusion crusted edge = $125- SOLD

11.676g fusion crusted fragment - VERY fresh = 125- SOLD
6.95g partslice with polished face = 75- SOLD

Contact me directly for available material & photos

Dec. 3, 1917 Strathmore Perthshire, Scotland Building Roof
This is only the second time I have seen this available - athe only other time was when I
inherited a small specimen when my friend and fellow Hammer Enthusiast, Bob Walker
when left me his hammer collection.
31 mg - Excellent Surface Area = $225-
Click on photo to enlarge image

June 30, 1918          Richardton      (H5)   BUILDING
(Click on photo to enlarge image)
A single stone struck a building in Richardton, ND.The Richardton meteorite is the only
fall ever witnessed in North Dakota.The Richardton meteorite was seen over more than
400 square miles by farmers and others in Mandan, Dickinson, Hettinger and Lemmon,
and the noise created by its breakup in the atmosphere was said to be heard for 250
miles. I was lucky enough to get a large fragment of this old fall and cut it up to be enjoyed
in several collections. I was please to see the interior portion was fresh - though I kept one
from the outer portion with fusion crust for my personal collection, as I prefer fusion crust
over freshness..... it is a matter of taste whether you prefer fresh or weathered with some
fusion crust.
6.685 = $500-
4.685 = $350-
3.997 = $300-
3.827 = $285-
3.821 = $285-
3.033 = $225-
2.446 = $185-
1.297 = $100- SOLD
Click on photos to enlarge image

46g @50% FC, Sliced Face, Harvard Provenience = $3,500- OR BEST OFFER

July 6, 1924                Johnstown  (Diogenite)   HOUSE ROOFS
 Johnstown Church
(Click on photo to enlarge image)                       
"At 4:20 in the afternoon of July 6, 1924, people were gathering for a funeral service in
front of a church near the town of Elwell, two miles west of Johnstown, Colorado. Out
of nowhere, a sudden sound, likened to that of an airplane engine, filled the quiet day
and interrupted the service. A trail of smoke was emblazoned across the blue sky followed
by a series of loud explosions. At ground level, “thuds” and “thumps” were heard and
a black stone, falling from the sky, stuck near the doors of the church where the service
was being held. Thirty minutes after the service, the church undertaker removed a 15
pound stone from the soil at a depth of 20 inches....Like other meteorite falls, the fragments
were distributed in an ellipse, however the distribution pattern of the Johnstown meteorites
was unusual. Instead of the largest stones falling at the far end of the ellipse, they fell out
first, creating an inverted strewn field. The smaller stones rained down on rooftops in the
town of Mead, located 10 miles away from the spot where the first stones fell."
Matt Morgan, METEORITE TIMES April, 2002.

Throughout my collecting and selling of meteorites, Johnstown has remained the most
sought after Diogonite obtainable. It is a striking meteorite and the photo fails to do justice
to the ultra thin sliced, spectacular specimen below.

One ultra thin (1mm?) specimen:

2.372g = Photo  HERE SOLD
2.644g = Photo  HERE SOLD

3.006g Frag with outstanding Fusion Crust = $1,200-SOLD

*Apr. 2, 1936               Yurtuk   (Howardite)    Lubimov, Ukraine, USSR HOME

Yurtuk fell in Lubimov, Mikhailov district, Zaporizhaya Province, Ukraine. The largest
stone came through a roof and some pieces were picked up outside. The total recovered
mass was 1.5 kilograms.
Yurtuk is a howardite, normally a very brecciated variety of achondrite, composed of
reassembled pieces of eucritic and diogenitic materials. As the spectrum of Vesta closely
match the reflective properties of howardites, eucrites and Diogenites. It is believed that
all three types of meteorites (referred to as the HED group) are fragments of the asteroid

Here are some things Martin Horejsi had to say about Yurtuk:
"In Mikhailov district, Lubimov, Ukraine, at about 1:00 in the morning on April 2, 1936, one
stone of 509g fell through the roof of a house. Several more pieces were picked up outside
the house including one of 51.5g. The total known weight of Yurtuk is 1.472kg."
"Where do howardites come from? Well, they are basically the soil of an asteroid created
through an impact mixing process (of another asteroid striking Vesta)"
"Double Hammer Stone! Borne from Impact on an Asteroid. Hammered a House here on Earth."
"Yurtuk is a rare class of rare classes, a hammer stone of very small total known weight and low

- 3 very tiny specks are available = 100-ea while they last

- Beautiful frag of Yurtuk with 1/2 Fusion Crust = $250-See photo HERE

-Stunning, very thin part slice = $325-
See photo HERE

-Outstanding frag of Yurtuk with Fusion Crust on 2 of 3 sides = $325-
See photo HERE

- 1.09g Fragment with rich,
black Fusion Crust = $750-
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June 16, 1938           Pantar   (H5) Lanao, Mindanao,   Philippines     Struck Several Buildings 

This fall of 1938 struck several buildings. It is impossible to find in the meteorite market.
The partslices here are good sized and represent an excellent value.

Small Micromount = $115- See Photo HERE SOLD
Medium Micromount = $185-See Photo HERE SOLD
Large Micromount = $315- See Photo HERE SOLD

Small Micromount = $115- See Photo HEREp
Medium Micromount = $250-See Photo HEREp
Large Micromount = $335- See Photo HERE

August 10, 1932 ARCHIE August 10, 1932 Cass County, Missouri - Stone struck a house.

Nininger, in “Find a Falling Star,” noted that small particles associated with the Archie shower were observed by witnesses. He wrote: “The fact that the showering of small particles had been heard or felt by three members of this [Weseman] family.” A beautifully oriented individual of the Archie, Missouri fall is on display at the Smithsonian. The specimen weighs 3.6 kilograms and represents 70% of the total known weight of the fall. Unfortunately, Nininger wasn’t able to visit the fall sites of the “sand” until four months later.

Of the stones that were recovered, five were either seen to fall or heard to land near witnesses. Mr. Harry Christiansen was working on a windmill approximately 70 feet from his house when he heard an explosion in the heavens about 3:00 p.m. and saw an “angry” cloud in the sky. He ran to the house and called his sister when he heard a whizzing sound and a half pound [~220 grams] meteorite land about five feet away after passing within 18 inches from his head. As he entered the house, he heard another space rock hit the corner of the house and a third hit somewhere outside.”

Archie is one of the hammers I have looked for for over 20 years. However, none has ever been available because it was all tied up in museums. Finally a small quantity of the material was acquired in a trade and I got all of it. For the first time, it is now available to the collecting community. I have the following 3 groups (available individually, of course) in sizes that fit any pocket book. If you collect witnessed falls, here is a very rare one and if you collect Hammers, this is a once in a lifetime shot at a very, very rare one. (I paid $530 for a .138g specimen – which was the COST to a friend of mine who Had gotten 2 specimens…. Listed here it is VERY cheap! (specimens are all very fresh - all Fusion Crust is a rich black) When these are gone, that will be it.

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.024g frag = SOLD

.046g frag = $65

.100g Ultra Thin slice with Fusion Crusted Edge = SOLD

112Click on photo to enlarge image
.112g Ultra Thin slice with Fusion Crusted Long Edge = SOLD

114 Click on photo to enlarge image
.144g Ultra Thin slice with Fusion Crusted long edge = $225

88 Click on photo to enlarge image
.088g very thin frag with 50% rich, black Fusion Crust SOLD


June 11,1949             Kunashak (L6) Kunashak, Russia   House Roof

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Blasted through the roof of a very modest house in the back country of Russia. Highly
documented, with photos showing the dwelling, the hole in the roof and the stone that
penetrated it. Given the history and documentation, aside from Valera, I consider this
THE best buy of any hammer I offer - under $10/g !

17.089g = SOLD
16.310g = SOLD
7.054g = SOLD
11.718g =
13.829g = SOLD
See Photo
467.9g Full Slice =

10.660g = SOLD
11.116g = SOLD
11.718g = SOLD

LAST Specinmen: 61.9g Pt. Slice = $1,500- Click on photo to enlarge image

December 10, 1950 St. Louis Only one to hit moving car.
jm. sl

This material has been impossible to get since the fall on December 10, 1950. ASU had
a little over a gram in very small pieces. However, the rest of it was in the hands of the
person driving the car it struck.
I was able to obtain some of these small specimens when a trade with ASUwas concluded
this month. In the height of Irony, Jim Schwede, arguably the world's largest private
collector visited the now very elderly driver in an old folks home ans managed to purchase
the material from him. This material is now almost entirely in the impressive collection
of Jim Schwede, though I was very fortuneate in obtaining a LARGE, very thin slice
of this material and am keeping half of it in my personal collection and offering the
other super sized slice here. So, after 20 years, I now have material to offer - and from
two different sources (both of which are impecable).

REMEMBER, this material is unobtainable. When it's gone, it's gone - period.

2.260g Pt. Slice FC most of the rim. From my personal collection
(in a 2" X 2" Macromount box) = $7,500-
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.390g = $2,000-d SOLD Click on photos for larger images

.168g = $350- Click on photos for larger images

Frag = $100-

.45g = SOLD Click on photos for larger images

.037g = SOLD

.011g = SOLD Click on photos for larger images


Nov. 30,1954             Sylacauga (H4)     Sylacauga, Alabama  HUMAN

Hulitt Hodges after being struck by the Sylacauga meteorite
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"There are a number of stories of people being injured, and even killed, by meteorites.
The most celebrated case was that of Mrs. Hulitt Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama. On the
30 March 1954 Mrs. Hodges was asleep on her sofa when a 3.86 kg (= 8.51 lbs unit
conversion) stony meteorite crashed though her roof [struck the radio, bounced off the
floor] and hit her, causing abdominal injuries which, fortunately, were not serious. The
funny thing about the incident - although she probably did not find it amusing at the
time - is that Mrs. Hodges lived opposite the Comet Drive-In Theatre. The [above]
photograph ... shows Mrs. Hodges shortly after the malevolent meteorite struck her. It
caused extensive bruising which took a number of weeks to disappear."
Thursday, December 23, 1954, Lethbridge Herald

See HERE for numerous newspaper articles on the event.

There were two stones - the one that hit the Mrs. Hodges, which weighs about eight and
one-half pounds, is on permanent display at the Alabama Museum of Natural History
at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The one other stone is in the Smithsonion.

The one that struck Hulitt Hodges did have one core drilled in it.
This core ended up in the collection of Dr. King. After his death his widow allowed
this core to be cut into about 10 whafer slices all of which all ended up as central
specimens in private collections.

Small frag of HAMMER STONE in 4 X 5 Riker with photo of
Ann Hulitt Hodges
= $150ea (Label on back)
Only a few specks are available

.176g = $1,750- SOLD
.333g = $3,300- SOLD
.505g = $5,000- SOLD

BELOW: Part Slices from 2nd (non-hammerstone) stone in the fall: All SOLD

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sss ..................... sssd ..................... ds

.403g = $4,000- GONE .382g = $3,800- GONE .188g = $1,800- GONE

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dss . s SOLD

.128g = $1,290- ..................................... .105g = $1,050- SOLD

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