Michael Blood Meteorites

Hammers Pg. 2
Meteorites that nailed something!
(Anything man made, animals or humans)

Peekskill Bolide Oct.9,1992

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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.

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.
3) NOTE: 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 inlude, but are not limited to: Chiang-Khan in which many stones "rained down"
on a fisherman'sboat. (one of only 2 hammers 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 thatfall. 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! Of course the individual "hammer stone" involved is not available
(I haven't even been able to trace whom was the specific lady), nor is the small Mbale stone that
struck the boy known - 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).
I have always felt it was clear on these pages when specific hammer stones were offered (see Park
Forest) and assumed that everyone realized that other stones offered, while hammers, were not,
specific "hammer stones." The story of Chiang-Khan, Holbrook and many others, I thought, made
that point quite clear.
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.


If it is listed as available, it is available unless it sold less
than 24 hrs ago.


About 7 years ago I stumbled upon a page in the web site of Walter Branch. The page
was a listing of all meteorites reported to have struck something when they fell to
earth - some man made object, animal, or even a human being (such as the case of
I immediately found myself entranced with the idea of collecting as many of these
extraordinary falls as possible. I had already been collecting meteorites for many years,
but this "new" realm had an entrancing effect on me like none other before, with the
possible exception of the obsession I developed to collect every non-Antarctic SNC
when there were only 6 of them known at the time (though only 4 had ever been
available when I started).

I foud most material in this category to be very expensive. On the other hand, there
have been a few exceptional examples that were surprisingly affordable - especially
given what they had struck and/or how old the fall was. Kunashak comes immediately
to mind - a spectacular fall, well documented with photographs from 1949. This
spectacular meteorite can still be had for as low as 7.50/g, though some ask as high as
$20.g, it is, even then, a great deal. Another is New Concord, which killed a young
horse in 1860 and can still be had in the low two digit range. Then, of course, is
Valera, a highly documented cow killer which is still hovering around $10/g!
Spectacular buys, all.

In stark contrast, one can watch and wait for years and never find Sylacauga at any price.
It cost me $10,000 in trade to get my very modest piece - but of all my specimens, it is
one of the ones that pleases me most.

In summation, 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!).  

Five years ago I set out to build a stock of hammers that would provide collectors with
at least 20 different falls competitively priced so they would not have as far to go just
getting started as I did. I waited many years for falls as rare as Hamlet, Pillistfer,
Richardton and many others. In addition, I have added - very cautiously - to the original
list which had inspired me, with falls such as Allende, Mbale, La Criolla, one of the
Plainview stones and many onthers which have fallen in the 21st century.

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. Most prices are based on my own
cost of replacement, IF they can be replaced as well. As you can see, I have added many, many
hammers since this page originally opened. To the best of my knowledge only a few dealers
offer more than
2 or 3 hammers. None come anywhere close to the dozens of hammers available
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, Jerry Armstrong, my
mother and The Acadamy.

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       
Oct. 13, 1959               Hamlet (LL3-4)                 Starke Co, Ind. HOME         
Photo by Larry Wringer
(Click on photo to enlarge image

A single stone of 2.045 Kg struck a house in Hamlet, Ind. rippine off the rain gutter at
the edge
of the roof. The meteorite, itself, is very striking. After hitting the guttr line
just about the left end of the left awning it then hit the bricks and rolled across the
lawn to the street. Clem Hall and his wife lived in the home at the time, but have since
passed away.           

Almost impossible to get:
1.562g = SOLD

See Photo

Medium Frag = $50- SOLD

Large Frag = $65- SOLD

Extra Large Frag = $125- SOLDClick on photos to enlarge

70mg Frag = $125- SOLD

Ultra Thin Part Slice = $350- SOLD Click on photos to enlarge

.745g Frag = $350-

March 5, 1960  GAO (H5) Burkino Faso NATIVE HUTS & HEN HOUSES

(Click on photo to enlarge image)  
This meteorite fall was witnessed by the inhabitants of Gao, a village of Burkina Faso in
Western Africa. The
first 16 pieces recovered, had actually fallen through the roofs of
the villager's huts. These stones were originally thought to be from TWO different meteorite
falls within the same area - Gao (upper volta) and Guenie (upper volta), however, due to
the petrographic similarities of each stone type, the close proximity of the strewnfields and
the close fall dates (March & April), it is now believed that the Gao and Guenie stones are
from the same, single fall of stony meteorites. During 1998, the nomenclature comittee of the
Meteoritical Society merged these 2 names into a single official new name....Gao-Guenie.
Generally referred to simply as "Gao" in the meteorite community, prices range greatly
from as little as $1/g for weathered and/or broken stones to $50/g for superbly oriented
stones (For some unexplained reason Gao has one of the highest % of oriented stones of any fall).
At this time I only have one, superb stone. It is naturally fresh (to the best of my knowledge,
it is not treated with chemicals or sand blasted to look fresh, as so many are). Due to exceptional
contiduion and unique regmaglyption & orientation, this stone is more costly than most Gao offered:

65.3g oriented, naturally fresh whole stone = $325- SEE PHOTO HERE

Sept. 9, 1961 Bells (CM2 Ungr)   Grayson County, TX TKW: 284g  Struck Building
At 10:08 PM a detonating fireball was witnessed passing northward just east of the Dallas- Fort Worth
area and terminated, striking a building near Bells, Grayson County. Only one other C2-ung. exists: Lake Tagish

(See report below photo and prices)

Very Rare typology, very low TKW and very hard to get.
All these specimens are Fragments (no whole stones were reported)
They all appear to be from those first found and NOT from theportion
that was picked up after the storm which shortly followed the fall:

Click on photo to enlarge
1 = $250-SOLD
2 = $300-SOLD
3 = $230-
4 = $260-SOLD
5 = $225-
6 = $250-SOLD
7 = $350-SOLD
8 = $240-
9 = $230-

0.2g = $750- See Photos HEREuyhj SOLD

Medium Sized Frag = $200-vghhjClick on photo to enlargeSOLD

Large Sized Frag = $300-zxzdsClick on photo to enlarge

Large Sized Frag = $325-xdesClick on photo to enlargeSOLD

Adrian J. Brearley
Institute of Meteoritics, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences,

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA
Received 26 July 1994; accepted 3 March 1995. ; Available online 5 April 2000.


The petrological and mineralogical characteristics of the unusual CM2 chondrite, Bells, have been investigated in detail by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron microprobe analysis (EPMA), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Bells is a highly brecciated chondrite which contains few intact chondrules, a very low abundance of refractory inclusions, and is notable in having an unusually high abundance of magnetite, which is disseminated throughout the fine-grained matrix. Fragmental olivines and pyroxenes are common and, based on compositional data, appear to have been derived from chondrules as a result of extensive brecciation. The fine-grained mineralogy of matrix in Bells differs considerably from other CM chondrites and has closer affinities to matrix in CI chondrites. The dominant phases are fine-grained saponite interlayered with serpentine, and phases such as tochilinite and cronstedtite, which are typical of CM chondrite matrices, are entirely absent. Pentlandite, pyrrhotite, magnetite, anhydrite, calcite, and rare Ti-oxides also occur as accessory phases.

Based on its oxygen and noble gas isotopic compositions (Zadnik, 1985; Rowe et al., 1994), Bells can be considered to be a CM2 chondrite, although its bulk composition shows some departures from the typical range exhibited by this group. However, these variations in bulk chemistry are entirely consistent with the observed mineralogy of Bells. The unusual fine-grained mineralogy of Bells matrix can be reasonably attributed to the combined effects of aqueous alteration and advanced brecciation in a parent body environment. Extensive brecciation has assisted aqueous alteration by reducing chondrules and mineral grains into progressively smaller grains with high surface areas, which are more susceptible to dissolution reactions involving aqueous fluids. This has resulted in the preferential dissolution of Fe-rich chondrule olivines, which are now completely absent in Bells although present in other CM chondrites. The formation of saponite in Bells probably resulted from the dissolution of relatively silica-rich phases, such as pyroxene and olivine, that were derived from chondrules. The result of such dissolution reactions would be to increase the activity of silica in the fluid phase, at least on a localized scale, stabilizing saponite in preference to serpentine. An increase in aSiO2 would also have destabilized preexisting cronstedtite which may have reacted to form magnetite and Mg---Fe serpentine under conditions of constant ƒO2 .

 Dec. 24, 1965 Barwell (L6) Leicestershire, England BUILDINGS, CAR & A TEA CUP!
Barwell bolide streaking past Albert Hall (BBC)
(Click on photo to enlarge)
As reported by the BBC: "
On Christmas Eve 1965, a very strange event occurred in the
Leicestershire village of Barwell... There was a blinding flash in the sky, followed by a loud
bang. In the confusion [there was the] thought it was an aircraft firing rockets, so he dived under
the hedge for protection. All around could [be] heard thudding sounds....About 300 feet above
the ground, the meteorite that was heading for Barwell exploded into fragments. Pieces were
scattered over a wide area...but fortunately no-one was hurt....One piece penetrated nine inches
into a tarmac drive, another landed on the bonnet of a car. A piece smashed through a factory
roof and another tiny fragment was found later in a vase! When the fragments were put together,
the Barwell Meteorite was about the size of a Christmas turkey, making it the largest meteorite
to fall in this country in recorded history. The rock itself is a carbonaceous chrondrite and probably
came from the Asteroid Belt. It has been dated at 4.5 billion years, which makes it older than the
Earth itself." (Note: This report misidentifies the typology as a carbonaceous chondrite -
Barwell is actually an L6)
- nice frags available:
.116g = SOLD
.186g = SOLD
.267g = SOLD
.315g = SOLD
.330g = SOLD
.507g = SOLD

Small Frag in Riker w/ photo= $45- ($25 with orders totaling $200 or more)

#1 = -SOLD
#2 = $155-Click on photos to enlarge
#3 = $165-
#4 = $190- (Very large surface)Click on photos to enlarge
#5 = $195- (Fusion Crusted)

.848g = SOLD

7.327g = SOLD
9.623g = SOLD  Click on photo to enlarge

Feb. 8, 1969             Allende   (CV3.2)     HOMES AND PATIOS                   

Painting by Jerry Armstrong
(Click on photo to enlarge)

One of the most spectacular falls of the 20th century. Patios and rooftops in Allende,
Mexico were pelted by a huge rain of stones which more than doubled the then weight
of all known CV3 material
. O Richard Norton called Allende one of the two great falls
of the 20th Century.

3 Beautiful full & part slices & 2 end pieces (I am approaching the end of these thin slices):
2.306g Part thin Slice with HUGE CIA = SOLD
2.643g Full thin Slice = SOLD
3.050g thin End Piece = SOLD
3.409g Full thin Slice = SOLD
3.666g thin End Piece = SOLD


6.840g = SOLD
7.856g = $125-
4.781g = $75- SOLD
3.172g = $60- SOLD

See Photos  Click on photo to enlarge                                               

April 25, 1969  Bovedy (L3)    Londonderry, N. Ireland   THROUGH STORE ROOF

k Photo by James O'Fee
The fireball was mostly described as blue-green in colour over Wales, and "fiery-white"
in Northern Ireland, with a brightness equal to or brighter than the full moon. Everyone
who saw the meteoroid also saw a very clear tail in its wake. Fragmentation was clearly
seen by a number of observers. Subsequent press reports of scorching of the asbestos roof
and desks in the immediate vicinity of the meteorite fragments have been discounted, from
the evidence collected.
This being a hammer with a very low TKW, a beautiful(L3) AND only the second meteorite
from Ireland and the first fall ever wound recorded has made it VERY difficult to get:

Micromount, very thin partslice - See Photo HERE SOLD
Another micromount, very thin partslice See Photo HERE SOLD
.566g Partslice with FC = $565- See SOLD Photo HERE click on photo for much larger image

After years of searching I have finally been able to get anther piece of this material. I sliced
it thickness wise and replaced my long standing personal specimen. Below are the results:

.145g = $150- SOLD

.917g = $900-SOLDSOLD

1.748g = $1,750-SOLD Click on photos to enlarge                                               

2.062g = $2,000-SOLD Bovedy 2.062gClick on photos to enlarge

2.433g Extremely thinly cut (with wire saw)
slice, which results in an extremely large
surface to weight ratio, with edge of Black
Fusion Crust = SOLD-

2.678g Extremely thinly cut (with wire saw) slice, which results in an extremely large surface to weight ratio,
with edge of Black Fusion Crust = $2,500-
Click on photo to enlarge

3.375g - another Extremely thinly cut (with wire saw) slice, which results in an extremely large surface to weight ratio,
with edge of Black Fusion Crust = $3,250-
Click on photo to enlarge

Sept. 28, 1969             Murchison (CM2)          Barn
BBC Photo
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In this rare fall of a CM2, one stone burst through a barn roof, landing in the hay in
Victoria, Australia. The Murchison meteorite fall occurred on September 28, 1969 over
Murchison, Australia. A shower of stones weighing about 100kg fell over an area of
over 5 square miles. Classified as a carbonaceous chondrite, type II (CM2), this meteorite
is suspected of possibly being cometary origin due to its high water content of 12%. This
very rare meteorite surprised scientists when it was discovered that Murchison contained
amino acids which are not present on Earth. Amino acids are "the building blocks of life."
An abundance of amino acids found within this meteorite has led to intense study by
researchers as to its origins. More than 92 different amino acids have been identified
within the Murchison meteorite to date. Only nineteen of these are found on Earth. The
remaining amino acids have no apparent terrestrial source. The Murchison meteorite is
one of the most studied meteorites ever, many feeling it proves life on earth was "seeded"
via meteorites.
3 Capsules of Fragments = $50 each
See Photo
.791g Frag with cut and polished face = SOLD-
See Photo HERE and HERE
1.664g Frag = SOLD

.638g = $160-SOLD Click on photo to enlarge
678g Beautiful Specimen = $200- SOLD
  Click on photos to enlarge

.814g = $225- SOLD

1.289g = $325- Click on photo to enlarge SOLD

2.048g = $500- SOLD

3.779g Murchison End Piese with some signs of . Orientation Click on photo to enlarge SOLD
(moderate Roll over lipping, slight regmaglypting) = $950- SOLD

e Click on photos to enlarge
6.350g Spectacular Murchison Specimen with fabulous bubling and puddling from orientation= $1,500- SOLD

January3,1970   Lost City             Oklahoma                 HOUSE ROOF

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The Lost City fall was photographed on January 3,1970 from 3 stations of The Prairie Network after 10 years of attempting to photograph an incoming meteorite. From the photos they   were able to track the meteorite to a suspected strewn field, which was around Lost City, Oklahoma. They recovered a total of 17kg, however, very, very little of this material has ever been available to the collecting community. Many consider this the most costly meteorite ever, as it required 10 years of photographing the night sky to locate it. (a rather odd way of looking at it, but there you are).

However, what was never made public until now is that the Lost City fall was a hammer! I recently had a personal conversation with Blaine Reed and it some how just slipped out that he and Steve Arnold (the meteorite hunter, not Chicago Steve Arnold) way back when tried to purchase one of the Lost City meteorites from a home owner who had recovered it from the roof of his house. He refused to sell it at any price (no, they won't tell anyone who it was, as they are hoping one day he will change his mind). I confirmed what Blaine said with Steve (not that I doubted Blaine, but thought Steve might possibly remember additional details). They are two of the most honest dealers in meteoritics, so, I have no doubt whatsoever about the validity of their story.
Of course, I asked them why on earth they hadn't told me, knowing what a hammer freak I am. All I got was, "Well, it just never occurred to me."   Harrumph!                      (Lost City is a "new" hammer!)

.571g = F. Crust (Very Thin)   SOLD

.613g =         SOLD  

.665g = F. Crust       SOLD 

.580g = $165-    Click on photo to enlarge  

.766g =  $255-          Click on photo to enlarge

1.166g = F. Crust   SOLD 
2.145g =F. Crust    SOLD 

. SOLD Click on photo to enlarge
2.668g @ 22 X 15mm - may have in Riker Box as in above photo or in a Membrane Box = $750- SOLD

. Click on photo to enlarge
2.893g @ 22 X 15mm - may have in Riker Box as in above photo or in a Membrane Box = $825- SOLD

April 8, 1971      Wethersfield 1971 (L6)  TKW: 350g  House

This is one of two falls in the small town of Wethersfield that struck houses! On April 8, 1971,
a 350-gram meteorite passed through the roof of a house and landed in the living room. Eleven
years later, on 8 November 1982, a second meteorite of 2.7 kilograms would strike another
house in Wethersfield. Both are in institutions.

In case you are thinking that these two meteorites might have been related in some way, they
had quite different histories. Meteoriticists could tell that from the extent to which the 
 were shocked & Isotope analyses that while the first fall had separated from its parent body
about 3 million years ago, the second object became detached about 50 million years ago.

Neither of these meteorites are EVER available and and while I got them from an impeccable
source, I did have to trade about $4000- worth of very rare hammers {Sylacauga and Burnwell
(HH4)} for just 4 crumbs. The largest crumb is now proudly part of my persoanal collection.

Do not expect to ever see this material again.

Small frag = $600 SOLD

Large frag = $1,250 SOLD

HUGE frag = $2,750- Click on photos to enlarge

Oct. 15, 1972             Valera (L5)   KILLED A COW

(Click on photos to enlarge image)
The Bovine Basher.
In Trujillo, Venezuela a single stone struck and
killed a cow, leading to this meteorite
being tagged, "The Butcher of Venezuela."
The Meteoritical Bulletin (no.85) entry:
"On the evening of 1972 October 15, a bright light
accompanied by a loud noise was witnessed near the El Tinajero farm. The next morning, Dr.
Arginiro Gonzales and his guest, Juan Dionicio Delgado, discovered that a cow had been killed
by a falling stone."
Given this was a cattle ranch, the owner and his guest dined on beef slaughtered in the
most unique manner imaginable. Even after its rise in price, this is still one of the all time
great "buy"s in the world of hammers.

.1g = SOLD
4.1g = SOLD
3.3g = SOLD
27.7g = SOLD
35.3g = SOLD
43.1g = SOLD
70.5g = SOLD-

2.1g = ALL small specemins of VALERA ON HOLD FOR THE MOMENT

4.3g =

9.9g =

10.2g =

10.9g = - Click on photo for larger image


16.3g =

27.9g =

50.1g = $1,000- Click on photo for larger image

70.5g Partslice with long, curved, fusion crusted edge = $18,00- vb Click on photo for larger image

Oct. 27,1973      Canon City   (H6) Canon City, Colorado          GARAGE
(Click on photo to enlarge image)
"A meteorite fell through the roof of a garage while the householder was away, between
the hours of 5:45 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. A meteor was observed during the period 6:00 p.m.
to 6:15 p.m., and it is likely that this meteor marked the fall of the meteorite. The specimen
fragmented on landing."
(Meteoritical Bulletin)

Unfortunately, only very tiny crumbs are ever available. For this fall, these below are
"large" frags:
1 = $35- SOLD
2 = $35- SOLD
3 = $45- SOLD
4 = 45- SOLD

Ex Lg Frag #1 = $125-  SOLD
XXX Lg Frag #2 = $165-  
Click on photos to enlarge

.352g Very thin partslice (Very rare in this size) = $450SOLD


Dec. 15, 1978             Nuevo Mercurio (H5)   HOUSES

On the evening of December 15th, 1978 a bright fireball raced over North Central Mexico.
Exploding at a high altitude, it rained down hundreds of mostly small, whole stones onto
the desert floor and ranch houses near the mining town of Nuevo Mercurio. Only about
300 stones totaling just over 5 kg were collected. This meteorite is very sensitive to weathering
and only the stones collected right after it fell look fresh. Others that were recovered in the
days and weeks that followed the fall turned a rusty brown.
This is one of the available hammers that is most rapidly increasing in price.
Found out that the reason these sold out so quickly is that I was selling them at less
the replacement cost wholesale. I have only been able to find 3 nice specimens
at a resellable price:

6.765g oriented with the back broken off = 95-

9.000g perfect specimen with 98% rich, black fusion crust = 135-SOLD Click on photo to enlarge  

3.712g Whole Stone = $55- Click on photo to enlarge  


November 17, 1981 Chiang-Khan (H4-5) Loei, Thailand FISHERMAN'S BOAT

(Click on photo to enlarge image)  
A Thai fisherman gave the following account: at said time, he was fishing on the Mekhong
River to catch some fish for breakfast. He saw the "devil's ball" coming from South, and
soon it vanished with a mighty burst. However, he had to seek shelter against the falling
stones under a wool blanket, as stones were falling in to his boat - enough that they filled
both his hands. Afterwards, he said, he had thrown "the ugly black stones", which for
sure meant no good, into the river.
TKW 367g ( another stone of 800g was recovered by an institution, but debate determined
it was not this was part of the Chiang-Khan fall as itturned out to be an (H6)
. The 367g
recovered were comprised of a total of only 31 pieces. All were were recovered from the town
of Chiang Khan, on the Thailand-Laos border. The largest fragment weighed 51.3 g
This material is no longer possible to get.

Additional information can be seen at:


which states:

"Nobody was able anymore to give precise indications as to the exact date of the event. Some 20 years
ago it was, so they say, in the month of November, without doubt - that's what I was told in the villages
of the strewnfield.

Whatever it was that happened then - one is led to presume a second meteorite fall on the same day or
on the day after. According to recent research (isotope analysis), the two large specimens, which are in
private Collection and in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, do not originate from the Chiang-Khan
fall. They are believed to have been transported into Thailand from Laos. Two small pieces from
Thailand were analysed, one is H4 tending to H5; one was determined to be H5 in Japan, whereas
the large pieces are H6. Most of all, the noble gas contents of the large specimens differ extremely
from those of the Chiang-Khan pieces!

Chiang Khan is certainly going to puzzle scientists for some more time to come."

Jeff Grossman on Saturday, March 22, 2008  Re:More on Chiang Khan:

"The Meteoritical Bulletin does publish
announcements of new masses when they are
significant. Submit the report to the
editor. You will need good evidence that the
additional mass is really part of same fall."

ONE piece: .707g = SOLD - See Photo  HERE
NOTE: A fragment of this was available on eBay recently and sold for $480/g.
FINALLY got a couple of specimens of this (there were two main sources, and
I had already gotten all of the first source - these two were the last two from the
second source:
.293g with F Crust edge = SOLD-

1.251g slice with one dramatic Fusion Crusted edge = $250-
.717g slice with one dramatic Fusion Crusted edge = $185-

.939g = part slice with one FC edge = $200- SOLD

4.332g slice with dramatic Fusion Crusted edge = 550- k

7.764g ORIENTED and 100% Fusion Crusted whole stone = $3,500- (one of only a couple
of oriented Chiang-Khans in the world)

10.16 Spectacular whole stone. 98% fresh, black fusion crust. This is one of the very
few whole stones of the mere 367g recovered of this spectacular fall - very few
meteorites have landed in boats! This is, perhaps the most beautiful and fresh
of the very few recovered.
This has been the piece in my personal collection until
I was able to talk one of the two who recovered the fall out of his own oriented
stone (obove) - of course, I had to beat him around with lots of money and the one I
now have is "only" 7.764g and the FC is not quite as fresh as this beauty.
Now, no matter which one I look at, it seams the "best" of the two... so, one only
will go: $3,500- NO LONGER FOR SALE - however, I do have
another beautiful whole
Chiang-Khan. If interested, contact me for photo and price.

Dec. 10, 1984             Claxton (L6)    Evans Co., GA MAILBOX

(Click on photo to enlarge image)  

A grey-painted steel mailbox from Claxton, Georgia, near Atlanta, was struck in December of 1984.
The dented mailbox sold for $82,750, while a 5.5-gram slice of the meteorite that caused the damage
to the mailbox sold for $7,768.
(over $1,400/g) Meteorites and Bonhams Auction 10-28-2007

A stone of 1.455Kg hit rural mailbox battering the hell out of it. Very low TKW has made
this material nearly impossible to get. When it is gone, it will be unobtainable. 

Frag in Riker Box with Photo = $50-
(Frags varry slightly in size. The largest avialable will be sent with order)

  click on photos for larger images

.498g = SOLD See Photo
.614g = SOLD See Photo
.614g =$600-  Excellent FC edge

1.067g = $1,000- 1Nice FC edge
1.782g = $1,750- Superb, super thin slice with along, darg Fusion Crusted edge
cut at a slant to that edge, so that the Fusion Crust shows exceptionally well.
See Photo of 1.782g
 HERE   click on photos for larger images

4.820g =- SOLD The next slice over from the piece below, but even
more thinly sliced. The price has been significantly reduced to compensate
for the fact that the lower right corner is glued with super glue near the tip,
though it is not apparent to the naked eye. This is an excellent opportunity to
get a super thin specimen with killer fusion crust at a remarkably reduced price.
Try to fint this material elsewhere. If you do, you will find these prices meet or
beat what you can find - IF you can find any. And this particular piece is
much lower and a real beauty. (Note: This piece has the same surface area as
the one below) See photo HERE
6.449g = $5,500- Distinct, long C edge - See Photo

15.656g = $11,750- Click on photo to Enlarge

January 6, 1985
La Criolla (L6) La Criolla, Entre Rios, Argentina FARMHOUSE
Entre Rios Farmhouse
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On 6 January 1985 after a bright fireball and many detonations, tens of crusted stones
fell over a 7 x 10 km elliptical area E of Estancion La Criolla, Argentina. One 750
gram stone crashed through the roof of a house, destroyed a door and continued to
bounce around the room, forcing the occupants to flee in panic.
La Criolla is classified as an L6 with a shock rating of S4. The total known weight is
about 35 kilograms, much of which was collected by Robert Haag soon after the fall
and remains in the form of large, whole stones.
3.222g = 64-
3.911g = 78- SOLD
5.178g = $100- SOLD
See all 3 HERE
9.69g = 192.50 See photo HERE SOLD
11.34g = 225- See photo

10.34g = 207- See photo HERE
13.68g = 274- See photo HERE
15.00g = 300- See photo HERE

April 7, 1990 Glanerbrug Glanerbrug, Netherlands Through House Roof

Roof of Glanerbrug house Ceiling of Glanerbrug house

On April 7, 1990 at 18h32m UT a chondrite of about 700 grams came down in the Dutch town of Glanerbrug. The meteorite impacted the Wichmanns house at the village of Glanerbrug near Enschede in the eastern part of the Netherlands (Holland) just a few kilometers from the German border. Branerbrug represents the best documented of all Dutch falls. The fireball caused by the passage of the meteorite through the atmosphere, which had a brightness comparable to the moon and appeared only a few minutes after sunset, was witnessed by hundreds of observers in the Netherlands, Germany and even Denmark. Some witnesses close to the impact location also reported seeing the dark dust trail left by the meteorite during atmospheric passage. The family was not home at the time of impact and the meteorite itself was discovered the next day. A meteorite of approximately 700 grams weight had struck a 25 centimeters (10 inch) hole in the tiled roof, hit a support beam and then shattered into thousands of pieces. The largest of these weighed 135 grams. Fragments of meteorite and sherds of shattered roofing tiles were scattered over the floor of the attic. Because it wasn’t clear at first whether the hole and stones were due to vandalism or something else had happened, the Police were called in for an investigation and the fragments of meteorite were seized by them to serve as possible evidence. Following the appearance of reports about the event in the newspapers two days after the fall, a scientific investigation was launched and members of the Dutch Meteor Society searched for possible additional fragments in the vicinity of the impact location. None were found.

This material is nearly impossible to get. Over a nearly 20 years span, I have only been able to get 3 small pieces (Remeber there is only 700g TKW of this material, almost all of which is in a Dutch institution).

1.058g = $900- SOLD

1.766g = $1,500-

Sept. 4, 1990          Burnwell (HH4)      Pike Co.KY TKW 1.504kg      PORCH
Note the point of impact at the lower right hand side of the porch.
Tim McCoy, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

(Click on photo to enlarge image)
Single stone fell through a porch in Pike Co. KY.
"Harold Urey and Harmon Craig of the University of Chicago first recognized the
differences between H and L chondrites in 1953. LL chondrites were recognized
as a distinct group in the early 1960s. Scientists eventually recognized that each
group originates from a different asteroid. Researchers have long postulated that
additional groups might exist, including a group hypothetically termed “HH” even
richer in metallic iron than H chondrites. Colleagues Sara Russell, Eugene Jarosewich,
Richard Ash and I have shown that the Burnwell meteorite is the first to have all the
properties of the postulated “HH” chondrite group. The hallmark of Burnwell is its
reduced nature. While the differences between H, L and LL chondrites reflect both
differences in oxidation state and bulk composition, it is generally true that H chondrites
tend to be more reduced and L and LL chondrites more oxidized. Burnwell is an extreme
in this trend. It is rich in iron-nickel metal and its silicates are relatively poor in iron oxide
(olivine has a fayalite concentration of 15.8 compared to 17–20 in H chondrites).
Compared to that in H chondrites, the metal in Burnwell is also poor in the element
cobalt. Burnwell also displays an anomalous oxygen isotopic composition. While we
typically think of Earth as diverse in its oxygen isotopic composition, all of its rocks and
water (both liquid and ice) are related through mass fractionation. In contrast, meteorite
oxygen isotopic compositions are not related to Earth through mass fractionation, but
probably reflect heterogeneity of the solar nebula before Earth’s formation. LL chondrites
plot furthest from Earth values and H chondrites closest. Burnwell plots even closer to
Earth values than H chondrites. But while it is tempting to think that Burnwell might
represent the primordial material from which Earth formed, the differences in oxygen
isotopic composition between Earth and Burnwell are significant."

Ron Hartman, Private Communication, January 8, 2003.

The low TKW (1.504kg) and the only HH4
 type has made this a next
to impossible meteorite to get for one's collection. Only a few small frags are
available. Each in a gelatin capsule.
4 small frags SOLD
Large Frag in membrane box SOLD
Very Large Micromount SOLD

1A = $100
1B= $100 see both
Click on photos to Enlarge

2A = $150 Click on photos to Enlarge

2B = $150 & 3 = $175

Very Large Pt. Slice = $450 SOLD
Click on photos to Enlarge

.508g = $2,500- Click on photo to Enlarge

Aug.14, 1992 Mbale Uganda  HOUSES, FACTORY ROOFS, PRISON YARD & a BOY.          
Boy struck by 3g stone3 Elders with large stone
Most remarkably, a young Ugandan boy (Above) was hit on the head by a small specimen.
The fall of the 3 grams fragment was broken by banana tree leaves.

(Click on photos to enlarge image) Photos of Mbale compliments of Dutch Meteor Society

Several hundred stones rained down in the city, some crashing through factory roofs,
other hitting houses and one landing inside a prison yard. However, most significantly,

one stone struck a boy (after having first piercing banana tree leaves, slowing its speed
and, therefore, likely saving his life).
See photos and story at the following link:


20.64g End Piece = SOLD
11.53g End Piece= SOLD
6.88g Part Slice = SOLD
5.88g Thin End Piece = SOLD
2.61g Thin Part Slice with 2 Fusion Crusted edges = SOLD

MORE in....

7.753gPart end piece with large area of fusion crust = SOLD g Click on photos for large image

12.373g Part Slice with FC on top edge = $300- hClick on photos for large image

Oct. 9, 1992             Peekskill             Peekskill, NY         A single stone hit a car.

(Click on photos to enlarge image) The Bolide ....Al Lang now owns The Car ..The Car Cruncher, itself

On a Friday night, with many parents videotaping their sons' football games, a huge fireball
streaked across the New York sky in a spectacular display. Despite much searching, only
the single stone to hit the car of a teenager parked in her driveway was ever recovered.
ALL specimens of Peekskill are from that one Hammer Stone.
This is by far the most videotaped fireball on record.

See these spectacular videos at the following link:

Sizable fragments = $50- ea.See Photo

1.31g Parslice = SOLD $490- See Photo HERE SOLD
Super Thin Part Slices:

Tiny Frags = $45- SOLD

.115g =SOLD SOLD

.131g = $75- SOLD

.149g = $75-Fusion Crusted

.164g = $55- Fusion Crusted SOLD

.172g = $45-SOLD

.193g = $45-SOLD

.261g = $65-SOLD

.293g = $100-SOLD

.293g = $100- (LONG) SOLD

.310g = $70-SOLD


.317g = $55-SOLD

.318g = $125-SOLD

.34g = $175-

.336g =$175- SOLD

.363g Super thin slice = $185 mjk

.537g = $200-SOLD

.729g = $225-SOLD

.828g = $225-Fusion CrustedSOLD

.624g End Piece = 175- See Photo HERE SOLD

.708g Thin Partslice = 200- See Photo HERESOLD
SOLD 1.781g partslice with SPECTACULAR veining = $665- SOLD See Photo HERESOLD
3.628g Fragment = $725- See Photo HERE
5.335g Ultra thin part slice with FC edge & beautiful veining = $1,275- See Photo SOLD HERE

5.605g Ultra thin part slice - FC edge & beautiful veining (Next slice to one above) = $1,275- See Photo SOLD (In 2" X 2" display box - full data on back label) SOLD
click on photo for larger image

Oct. 20,1994 Coleman Coleman, Mich. Through kitchen roof TKW 469g  LL6

Impossible to get. 1 Frag = $250

Feb. 15, 1997   Juancheng    Shandong Province, Heze, China KITCHEN ROOF, POT ON STOVE

Heze, China

(Click on photo to enlarge image)
Caused a tremendous sensation in China when it fell on 15 February 1997 near the
village of Heze in Juancheng County. Local Chinese peasants picked up several
hundred fresh specimens along the Yangtze River shortly after the fall believing
the fall foretold the death of their leader... which did take place following the fall.
Because so many stones were retained by the locals and given to government
officials, the total weight of the fall will never be known.

12.634g Whole stone with cut face and broken side = $100- SOLD
9.2g Part Slice = $95- SOLD
3.06g Whole Stone = $60-
2.13g Whole Stone = $50- See Photos


September1, 1997 WORDEN (L5) Worden, Michigan GARAGE & CAR

At approximately 5 PM a Mr. Foster and his two sons were working in the backyard of their
home in Worden, located in Eastern Michigan. They heard a loud and sudden noise like that
of a car crash. They rushed to their front yard and discovered a disaster had occurred in their
own garage. Plaster and insulation could be seen everywhere & day light shone through a
hole in the roof. The car roof had been smashed in by a stone from outer space.

Matt Morgan owned the entire stone and at one point, slices could behad for as little as $40 per
gram. However, over a year ago he stopped removing any material from the end piece and claims
he will never cut more.

One of two Ultra thin specimen wire cut from the piece in my own, personal collection.
It has a long Fusion Crusted edge:

4.024g = SOLD

LG FRAG = $100-

.082g Frag with FC = $175- Click on photos for large image

.358g 1.2mm thin Pt. Slice = $350- Click on photos for large image

.371g 1.2mm Super thin Pt Slice with FC edge = $375-

1.2mm thin slice = $475-

.843g 1.2mm Super thin Pt Slice = $845-Click on photos for large image

1.870g 1.2mm Super thin Pt Slice with FC = $1,875-SOLD

1.350g 1.2mm thin Pt. Slice = $1,350- Click on photos for large image

3.981g 1.2mm Super thin Pt Slice sith FC = $4,000-

4.858g = -SOLD

March 22, 1998 Monahans Monahans, Texas "BASKETBALL COURT"
6 of "The Monahans7" (Thanks to Mark Bostick for the photo)  
(Click on photo to enlarge image)

March 22, 1998 in a couple of meteorites fell from the sky and landed in Monahans, Texas .
The larger piece landed not far from seven children playing basketball. This has led many
to feel Monahans is a hammer, some even stating "it hit a basketball court." However, my
research indicated the kids were playing in a driveway or on the side of the street (wording
of reports is not clear) and the meteorite struck a dirt lot or walkway nearby. While I,
personally, do not regard Monahans as a hammer, others do.
For that reason and also because it is such an exceptionally amazing fall, I include it here for
those interested.

Below are the reasons Monahans is so amazing:

The smaller piece made its way to the laboratories of NASA's Johnson Space Center, whose
scientists have found something amazing inside it: liquid water. "This is the first water found
in any extraterrestrial object," notes investigator Michael E. Zolensky (NASA/JSC). More
remarkably, the microscopic droplets are trapped in purplish crystals of nearly pure salt
(NaCl or halite). That's common table salt on Earth -- but unlike the worldly version of the
mineral, the crystals were bright purple. The coloration is a feature caused by the intense
radiation environment of space, which has been replicated on earth only in nuclear reactors.
Within the salt crystals the researchers noticed minute bubbles of liquid, which upon analysis,
they determined to be water. Radioisotope dating show that the crystals formed within 2
million years of the birth of our solar system. The findings were published in the 9 June
2000 issue of Science magazine.

The implications of this discovery are rather profound. First, it would indicate that the dust
and gas from which our solar system coalesced began to clump together much sooner than
was previously thought. Secondly, it would seem that the conditions (or at least the prime
ingredients) required for the origin of life may have existed at a very early period of solar
system formation.
The smaller stone went into an institution and the larger was sold at auction for $23K. The
only material in the private sector ended up being the few tiny fragments which broke off
at the time of impact, all of which I purchased every time I saw them available. I have never
seen this material available that I did not purchase it immediately. However, right now, June
20008, the broker of this fall, Steve Arnold of AK is selling  2mg pieces for $39 each. Below
are frags I estimate are between 20 and 200mg, minimum. So, I am now selling the remainder
of what I have at far lower than the replacement cost. While the last: (Cannot get more)

Small fragments:                                                                        

Below are the last 3 - and the best of all I had - not replacable:

Medium (With Fusion Crust) = 275- Click on photos for large image

Medium Large = 300-

Large = $450-Click on photos for large image

June 13,1998 Portales Valley (H6 Metal Melt Breccia)  Portales,NM BARN

(Click on photo to enlarge image)  

One of the most scientifically interesting and beautiful meteorites ever. A spectacular fireball
accompanied by sonic booms, explosions and a spiraling dust train. Witnesses observed
pieces hitting the ground. A 530gram individual penetrated the roof of Gayle Newberry's
barn and imbedded itself in the north wall, illustrating the meteorite's trajectory from
the southwest to the northeast. Another individual struck a trash bag which resulted in
the plastic of the bag fusing to the crust, while yet another literally embedded itself in a
paved road.
From the very start, the unique nature of PV was readily obvious by even the most cursory
glance. But upon slicing of the metal-rich specimens the true uniqueness and the incredible
beauty of PV was revealed. Crosscut throughout by veins and "sheets" of metal, it in no
way looked like any other meteorite before or since. To almost everyone's surprise, it was
finally announced that PV was an ordinary chondrite. However, this classification is under
re-assessment. With PV, even the experts are unsure of its exact nature.
For a FASCINATING report on this totally unique meteorite, go HERE

3.0g very thin Partslice showing beautiful iron pattern = 105- See Photo
4.7g quarter slice with low metal = $110- See Photo
4.7g part slice with high metal = $165- See Photo
11.345g part slice with high metal = $395- See Photo HERE SOLD
28.62g full slice with high metal = 275- See Photo
1.67g with high metal = SOLD click on photo to enlarge image

3.8g with high metal = $400-

Sept. 26,1999    Kobe (CK4) Honshu, Japan   TKW: 136g   HOUSE, BED

(Click on photos to enlarge images)  
With only Karoonda CK4, Maralinga (CK4), and a couple of Antarctic CK4 meteorites
known, the arrival of Kobe was greeted with far more excitement in the scientific
community due to its rarity than for the fact that it slammed through a house roof
crashing into the (unoccupied) bed of the 13 year old daughter of the family that lived
there. Page after page of analysis of this meteorite has been written, though the TKW
was only 136 grams, "all" of the total weight went immediately into a museum.
Most fortunately for the meteorite collecting community Dirk Ross, who resides in Japan,
visited the family in Kobe and obtained the bag of the vacuum cleaner used to "clean up
th mess." By meticulous inspection and sorting Dirk was able to recover over a dozen
small fragments.
He also took a photo of the ceiling, as seen above (copyright, Dirk Ross. Use of this photo
is absolutely restricted to this page by his kind permission - absolutely no copying of this
photo is permitted). Approximately one dozen tiny fragments of this meteorite were sold
for $20K/g (This price was the result of the facts that this material is such a rare type, the
TKW is so low and that Japanese collectors take Japanese falls very seriously).
Worl traveling meteorite finder, Mike Farmer had this to say about the price of Kobe:

"I have a very nice piece of Kobe, indeed, one of the most difficult meteorites there are to get
a piece of. I paid dearly for it. I see nothing wrong with the price of $10,000 per gram, since
about 2 grams total is in private hands."
(I suspect it was far less than 2 grams, this
statement was made when nearly all of the material was still available. Now,
I have only the following
specimens of this exceptionally rare material.

Multiple frags = $300--

40mg = $750-

100mg =$1,500-
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