Brenham End Piece—a Pallastic American Meteorite
Lot 3209
Brenham End Piece—a Pallasitic American Meteorite
US$ 35,000 - 45,000
£23,000 - 29,000

Lot Details
Brenham End Piece—a Pallastic American Meteorite
Brenham End Piece—a Pallasitic American Meteorite
Stony iron—PAL
Kiowa County, Kansas

Brenham meteorites have been found in Indian burial mounds as far away as Ohio, and while they appear to be the first, Native Americans were not alone in being intrigued by these beautiful stones. In the late 19th century, a young homesteader named Eliza Kimberly began collecting what she believed to be meteorites. Her suspicions were confirmed in 1882 when scientists affirmed the meteoritic origin of several of the rocks Eliza found, and the area was dubbed "The Kansas Meteorite Farm." In 1929, the "Father of Meteoritics," Dr. H. H. Nininger visited the farm and located numerous large specimens. This history inspired modern-day meteorite hunters to replot the strewnfield in 2005 and their search that resulted in a discovery of a very large meteorite, the main mass of the Brenham, in Greensburg, Kansas. This was hailed as the most significant American meteorite discovery in decades. In addition to the main mass, several smaller stony iron masses were also found along the strewnfield. Filled with hundreds of gleaming circular olivine crystals, characteristic of Brenham meteorites, this is a superlative example of an end piece with its gleaming polished face, and it is one of the larger Brenhams to be offered at public auction. Meteorites with crystalline material such as that seen here are referred to as pallasites—which represent less than 1% of all known meteorites.
Weight: approximately 26,786 grams (59 lbs). Measures 15 x 10.5 x 6in
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