HISTORIC METEORITES

Historic meteorites with hand painted museum numbers and old collection labels carry a provenance that increases their monetary value but, more importantly, they provide us with a tangible link to the past — to the collectors, researchers, and meteorite hunters who have gone before us. Historic specimens put us in touch with the early days of meteorite collecting. They are friendly reminders that we are only temporary caretakers of our own collections and that we ourselves will, one day, become part of the chronicled history of these marvelous visitors from outer space.

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THE INSTITUTE OF METEORITICS COLLECTION
FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

IMPORTANT ACQUISITIONS The Institute of Meteoritics is a research institution at the University of New Mexico. They house a considerable meteorite collection of over 600 different meteorites. The Norton County specimens below were acquired in a trade with UNM and are still listed in their catalog. You can verify that by visiting the UNM collection page and searching for "Achondrite", "Achondrite Groupings", "All Achondrite Groups", and "All Brecciation Types" for Norton County. Norton County is an extremely rare witnessed fall aubrite, and these lovely specimens still carry their original UNM collection numbers.

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

NORTON COUNTY 6.1 grams
Aubrite, Witnessed fall
Feb. 18, 1948, Norton Co., Kansas
6.1 gram fragment with hand-painted number

Fragment with hand-painted UNM collection number N.1147.

20 mm x 16 mm x 15 mm
$244.00


ODESSA Historic specimens from the UNM Collection
Iron Meteorite (IAB)
Odessa is one of the most famous craters in the world. It was where some of the very first metal detecting for meteorites took place during the 1940s and also the site of the fan-favorite "Odessa Crater" episode of Meteorite Men. These outstanding individuals come from the collection of the University of New Mexico. Every piece carries a hand painted collection number and is accompanied by an original UNM Collection card. A fantastic historic offering!
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

ODESSA 127.6 grams
Iron (IAB)
Found 1922, Ector County, Texas, USA
220.6 gram half iron with hand painted number

A lovely half iron with clearly defined etch pattern and notable inclusion. The UNM collection number is present on the exterior of the piece.
60 mm x 41 mm x 15 mm $320.00


Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

ODESSA 220.6 grams
Iron (IAB)
Found 1922, Ector County, Texas, USA
220.6 gram half iron with hand painted number

A very unusual half iron of Odessa from the UNM collection, revealing the distinct etch pattern. The UNM collection number is present on the exterior of the piece.
66 mm x 58 mm x 18 mm $550.00


Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

ODESSA 115.4 grams
Iron (IAB)
Found 1922, Ector County, Texas, USA
115.4 gram individual with hand painted number

Crystalline-shaped individual with nice, clear hand painted number K2.381. Accompanied by original UNM Collection label.
46 mm x 31 mm x 24 mm
$231.00

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

ODESSA 129.9 grams
Iron (IAB)
Found 1922, Ector County, Texas, USA
129.9 gram individual with hand painted number

Beautiful piece with exceptionally fine shape for an Odessa of this size. Appears to exhibit small regmaglypts. With hand painted number K2.421 and original UNM Collection label.
65 mm x 32 mm x 26 mm   $260.00

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

ODESSA 143.1 grams
Iron (IAB)
Found 1922, Ector County, Texas, USA
143.1 gram individual with hand painted number

Very attractive diamond-shaped specimen with good, clear hand painted number K2.352. Accompanied by original UNM Collection label.
57 mm x 34 mm x 27 mm  
$286.00

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

ODESSA 166.5 grams
Iron (IAB)
Found 1922, Ector County, Texas, USA
166.5 gram individual with hand painted number

Excellent individual with good shape that displays well. With hand painted number K2.371. Accompanied by original UNM Collection label.
57 mm x 39 mm x 32 mm  
$333.00

ODESSA 206.9 grams
Iron (IAB)
Found 1922, Ector County, Texas, USA
206.9 gram individual with hand painted number

Very appealing individual with attractive shape that stands up naturally as shown. With hand painted number K2.241. Accompanied by original UNM Collection label.
59 mm x 45 mm x 37 mm   $414.00

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

ODESSA 583.3 grams
Iron (IAB)
Found 1922, Ector County, Texas, USA
583.3 gram individual with hand painted number

Elongated individual with natural patina and hand painted number K2.157. Accompanied by original UNM Collection label.
109 mm x 56 mm x 39 mm
$1,020.00

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

ODESSA 625.0 grams
Iron (IAB)
Found 1922, Ector County, Texas, USA
625.0 gram individual with hand painted number

Superb triangle-shaped individual with hand painted number K2.165 and original UNM Collection label.
82 mm x 68 mm x 57 mm
$1,094.00

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

ODESSA 768.1 grams
Iron (IAB)
Found 1922, Ector County, Texas, USA
768.1 gram individual with hand painted number

Very nicely shaped specimen with hand painted number K2.106 and original UNM Collection label.
103 mm x 86 mm x 47 mm
$1,152.00

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

ODESSA 1,463 grams
Iron (IAB)
Found 1922, Ector County, Texas, USA
1,463 gram individual with hand painted number

Large and hefty individual with hand painted number K2.152 and original UNM Collection label.
119 mm x 110 mm x 80 mm
$1,829.00

WOLF CREEK
Iron Meteorite (IIIAB)
Australia's largest meteorite crater is also one of the most spectacular and best preserved on Earth. The impactor is thought to have hit our planet at least 300,000 years ago. Wolf Creek specimens are weathered into strange and intriguing amorphous shapes, display an attractive rose and ginger patina, and are one of our planet's oldest known meteorites. Hunting at the crater is now illegal, and this extremely difficult-to-acquire meteorite is a must for collectors of crater-forming irons. Historic pieces from the UNM collection.
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

WOLF CREEK 64.2 grams
Iron (IIIAB)
Found 1947, Western Australia
64.2 gram individual with hand painted number

Very good, affordable piece of this important crater-forming iron, with good shape, hand painted number K2.93 and original UNM Collection label.
46 mm x 45 mm x 28 mm   $257.00

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

WOLF CREEK 75.9 grams
Iron (IIIAB)
Found 1947, Western Australia
75.9 gram individual with hand painted number

Excellent angular specimen with very good shape and color, and with hand painted number K2.84 and original UNM Collection label.
47 mm x 37 mm x 32 mm  
$265.00

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

WOLF CREEK 77.9 grams
Iron (IIIAB)
Found 1947, Western Australia
77.9 gram individual with hand painted number

Very attractive elongated specimen with unusual shape and hand painted number K2.85 together with original UNM Collection label.
72 mm x 31 mm x 30 mm  
$273.00

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

WOLF CREEK 157.0 grams
Iron (IIIAB)
Found 1947, Western Australia
157.0 gram individual with hand painted number

Classic scute-shaped weathered individual with hand painted number K2.21 and original UNM Collection label.
67 mm x 48 mm x 30 mm  
$471.00


THE LEONARD COLLECTION FROM THE UCLA METEORITE COLLECTION

The Leonard Collection is a portion of the University of California at Los Angeles Meteorite Collection purchased by the University in the 1960s. The collection consists of 180 meteorites that previously belonged to Frederick Leonard, a UCLA professor who founded the UCLA Department of Astronomy and The Society for Research on Meteorites. Frederick Leonard was both professor and mentor to O. Richard Norton, who was himself, a giant in the meteorite field and wrote the popular book Rocks From Space. Leonard taught one of the first university classes dedicated to meteorites. At the time of his death, his meteorite collection was one of the largest in the world and contained about one eighth of all known meteorites. These superb Leonard collection Allendes were clearly picked up immediately after the fall—a fact demonstrated by their unusually fresh fusion crust. Each specimen has a hand painted Leonard Collection number, and is accompanied by an original matching Leonard Collection label.

ALLENDE 88.4 grams
CV3 Chondrite, Witnessed fall
Chihuahua, Mexico February 8, 1969
Leonard label and hand-painted number LC 858

A half stone with approximately 50% dark black fusion crust. With hand painted collection number LC 514 and original label. Note the unusually large CAIs in this specimen. Superb!
51 mm x 29 mm x 31 mm $2,650.00


H.H. NININGER, GLENN HUSS & THE AMERICAN METEORITE LAB
Harvey H. Nininger, American Meteorite Lab

Seminal meteorite hunter Harvey H. Nininger's extraordinary life was recounted in his thrilling autobiography, Find a Falling Star — a must-read for all meteorite enthusiasts. He authored numerous books, including Out of the Sky, and Our Stone Pelted Planet.

Dr. Nininger created the American Meteorite Laboratory, the original Meteorite Museum on Route 66 near Meteor Crater, and was a founding member of the Meteoritical Society. He recovered hundreds of meteorites and carried out extensive work at Brenham, Kansas; Canyon Diablo (Meteor Crater), Arizona; Toluca, Mexico; and many other locations across the United States and around the world. Harvey's daring, pioneering work was continued by his son-in-law, Glenn Huss, and both men catalogued their meteorite specimens with meticulous hand painted collection numbers. Specimens with Nininger or Huss numbers, or AML labels are extremely rare, come with a fascinating pedigree and are among the most sought-after of meteorites.

 

HOLBROOK
Historic H.H. Nininger "peas"

New Listing These magnificent fusion crusted Holbrook individuals are from the historic H.H. Nininger American Meteorite Lab Collection. They were acquired directly from the Center for Meteorite Studies at ASU in an institutional trade (ASU purchased Nininger's collection). Too small to carry hand painted numbers, each piece is accompanied by a special certificate of authenticity/ID card personally signed by Geoff and verifying its Nininger provenance.
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$100.00 each


H.H. NININGER BRENHAM INDIVUALS FROM THE 1933 EXPEDITION

One of Dr. Nininger's early expeditions was to the Brenham, Kansas strewnfield. In 1933 he conducted extensive excavations in a depression that was thought, at the time, to be a meteorite crater [pictured]. Later work demonstrated that no craters were formed by Brenham pallasites, and that these meteorites happened to have landed in a natural depression or buffalo wallow. Harvey's team uncovered numerous small, oval, metallic objects that were later proven to be weathered pallasite individuals. Dr. Nininger coined the term "meteorode" to describe these Brenham finds.

These actual specimens were found by Dr. Nininger and his team and were acquired directly from the Center for Meteorite Studies which owns much of the original Nininger Collection. Each historic piece is accompanied by a special handmade certificate of authenticity/specimen ID card personally signed by Geoff Notkin of Meteorite Men and Aerolite Meteorites, LLC, verifying that these are authentic Nininger finds. An extraordinary opportunity to acquire an actual find by one of the most important figures in the history of meteoritics.

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

BRENHAM "METEORODE" 21.8 grams
Pallasite Kiowa County, Kansas, USA
21.8 gram complete nodule

Nice, rounded meteorode approximately the size of a strawberry. Small amounts of olivine are visible through a loupe. Accompanied by special signed Aerolite ID/COA card.
29 mm x 27 mm x 24 mm   $175.00


SUPERB H.H. NININGER CANYON DIABLOS
All with original hand-painted collection numbers
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

CANYON DIABLO 209.3 grams
Iron (IAB)
Coconino County, Arizona, USA
209.3 gram individual with hand-painted number

Excellent elongated specimen with hand-painted Nininger number (very slightly chipped) 34.684. Beautiful shape and patina!
124 mm x 37 mm x 27 mm
$1,047.00

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

CANYON DIABLO 309.2 grams
Iron (IAB)
Coconino County, Arizona, USA
309.2 gram individual with hand-painted number

Superb highly sculptural piece with hand-painted Nininger number 34.3899. Excellent shape and character.
71 mm x 50 mm x 41 mm
$1,546.00

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

CANYON DIABLO 1,143.9 grams
Iron (IAB)
Coconino County, Arizona, USA
1,143.9 gram individual with hand-painted no.

Very early Nininger specimen with early hand-painted "34" designation. A large and impressive piece.
136 mm x 72 mm x 53 mm
$2,860.00

H.H. NININGER DALGARANGA FRAGMENTS FROM THE 1959 EXPEDITION

In 1959, Dr. Nininger traveled to Australia to investigate the Dalgaranga crater, a site unique in all of meteorite science, as it is the only crater known to have been formed by a rare mesosiderite. The crater is believed to be approximately 270,000 years old, making Dalgaranga one of Earth's oldest meteorites in terms of terrestrial age. Specimens are weathered, but still adhere strongly to a magnet. Nininger was the first researched to recognize Dalgaranga as a mesosiderite.

These actual specimens were recovered by Dr. Nininger and Glenn Huss during their 1959 Australia expedition, and was acquired directly from the Center for Meteorite Studies which owns much of the original Nininger Collection. Each piece is accompanied by a special handmade certificate of authenticity/specimen ID card personally signed by Geoff Notkin of Meteorite Men and Aerolite Meteorites, LLC. A very rare opportunity to acquire an actual Nininger find, and a very rare offered type that is a must for collectors of crater-forming meteorites.

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

DALGARANGA 14.3 grams
Mesosiderite Western Australia
14.3 gram complete nodule

Diamond-shaped individual clearly showing silicate inclusions when viewed through a loupe. Accompanied by special signed Aerolite ID/COA card.
33 mm x 29 mm x 16 mm  
$115.00


HISTORIC H.H. NININGER BONDOC SPECIMENS
Mesosiderite
The story of the Bondoc mesosiderite is one of the most remarkable in meteorite history. Recovered by H.H. Nininger 40 miles from the nearest village in a remote part of the Philippines during the 1950s, the original, and only, mass weighed a staggering 1,955 pounds. At the time, it was the second largest stony-iron meteorite ever found. It took Nininger nearly four years to get the mass back to the United States, and its amazing journey included travel by bulldozer and river raft.

When the mass was finally cut, in Arizona, it took 162 hours under the saw to remove the first section. Unfortunately, the material was cut using regular tap water and, over time, sections of the giant slices began to decompose following their exposure to chlorine and moisture. Much like the Estherville mesosiderite, the Bondoc mass was peppered with dense, spherical nickel-iron inclusions, resembling ball bearings. As the rust-prone slices disintegrated, the stable spheres fell out and were carefully preserved. Examples of this material are described as Bondoc nodules. Note the extraordinary etch pattern displayed on these pieces. Some of the matrix survived in excellent condition and it has been prepared as colorful slices which are described as Bondoc silicates.

These are all genuine H.H. Nininger specimens and were acquired by us directly from a prominent university collection. It is with great pleasure that we offer these exemplary specimens.

All of our Bondoc specimens are accompanied by a very special hand made certificate of authenticity/specimen ID card, personally signed by Aerolite owner Geoff Notkin, and verifying the Nininger provenance of these spectacular pieces.

H.H. NININGER BONDOC SILICATES
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

BONDOC 62.1 grams
Mesosiderite
Bondoc Peninsula, Luzon Island, Philippines
62.1 gram full slice

Very attractive large full slice with dark but colorful orange, brown, and green bands.
86 mm x 75 mm x 4 mm

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H.H. NININGER BONDOC NODULES
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

BONDOC 46.8 grams
Mesosiderite
Bondoc Peninsula, Luzon Island, Philippines
46.8 gram etched full slice

Impressive full Nininger nodule slice, with wonderful etch and signed COA/ID card.
51 mm x 43 mm x 4 mm  
$468.00

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THE OSCAR E. MONNIG COLLECTION
Oscar E. Monnig portrait

Oscar Monnig was one of the greatest meteorite collectors of all time. A resident of Texas, he was a successful businessman, owned six department stores in Fort Worth was a friendly rival and competitor of H.H. Nininger. When they both showed up in the Leedey strewnfield (L6, fell November 25, 1943, Dewey Co., OK) it was agreed that they would divide the largest mass between them. Oscar and his hunting team recovered Tishomingo, Pena Blanca Springs, Atoka, and scores of other important American meteorites.

Oscar lived to the age of 99 and bequeathed his magnificent collection to Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, where much of it is now on display in the Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery — one of America's finest meteorite museums. Glenn and Margaret Huss of the American Meteorite Laboratory cataloged Oscar's entire collection during the 1980s, and they hand painted the collection numbers ("M1.1") which we today associate with the collection. Some of the historic specimens offered here carry an official Monnig Collection number (hand painted by Glenn Huss) and a second number painted by Oscar himself! A double provenance from the collection of one of the legendary personalities in meteorite history.

 

DIMMITT 1,137.2 grams
Outstanding individual with two hand-painted numbers

This beautiful complete individual, with rich natural patina, is from the important Oscar Monnig Meteorite Collection. It features two hand-painted numbers (Huss/Monnig and original Monnig), thumbprints and remnant fusion crust. A gorgeous and desirable historic meteorite.
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138 mm x 80 mm x 70 mm
$4,000.00


LABENNE SAHARA STONES
Historic pre-NWA hot desert meteorites with original field numbers
During the mid-to-late 1990s the French meteorite hunting family Labenne started finding stone meteorites in the arid deserts of Northwest Africa. These finds were made years before the NWA classification system was adopted, and were some of the very first Sahara finds. Each carries a unique hand painted field number. For example "99053" was the 53rd meteorite found during the 1999 expedition. Several have nice polished windows. Very collectible!
[pictured] The Labenne team with Aerolite Owner Geoffrey Notkin in 1998

LABENNE SAHARA 99997 435.2 grams
Unclassified chondrite,  Found Sahara Desert
435.2 grams  Labenne find with field number

Excellent disc-shaped complete stone with a highly polished window displaying remarkably abundant nickel-iron flakes and original hand painted field number 99997.
94 mm x 78 mm x 35 mm   
$435.00

LABENNE SAHARA 99834 584.1 grams
Unclassified chondrite,  Found Sahara Desert
584.1 grams  Labenne find with field number

Large stone with some thumbprinting and an arch-shaped polished window displaying shock veins, chondrules, and large metal flakes. With original hand painted field number 99834.
114 mm x 75 mm x 48 mm   
$584.00

LABENNE SAHARA 99650 1,305 grams
Unclassified chondrite,  Found Sahara Desert
1,305 grams  Labenne find with field number

Magnificent very large stone with about 50% remnant fusion crust, numerous very distinct regmaglypts and original hand painted filed number 99650. An excellent, and impressive historic Sahara meteorite.
137 mm x 101 mm x 93 mm    $1,250.00



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