Claxton Meteorite The Special Delivery
The Claxton meteorite is among the legendary American meteorites of modern times. As described in the scientific journal Meteoritics, Vietnam veteran, Don Richardson had just stepped out of his mobile home. A whistling noise, reminding him of an incoming mortar round, made him flinch instinctively. Thirty-six meters from where he was standing an object impacted with a loud bang. It struck a mailbox, knocking it to the ground." Meteorites are named after the places to where they are delivered, and on December 10, 1984 this meteorite directly impacted Ms. Carutha Barnards mailbox in Claxton, Georgia.
This is the first and only known impact of a mailbox (which is somewhat ironic as the postal service provides the majority of meteorites to those interested in their acquisition). The weight of the Claxton meteorite was only 1455 grams and it has been subdivided extensively. Contrasting with the plentiful rim of fusion crust is the cream-colored matrix containing chondrules and free iron. This is a choice example of one of the most fabled and sought after American meteorites.
42 x 19 x 2mm and 5.5 grams