METEORITE-CLOVER SPRINGS- with Historic Nininger Label- Very Rare
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Sold Date: 12/14/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Natural History
*Meteorites with Historic Collection or Museum Labels are in high demand these days. Provenance is very important when collecting meteorite specimens. Meteorites with labels of provenance are getting harder and harder to find, and all are worth collecting. Here is a specimen with excellent provenance.
This is a 31.2 gram, end slice of The CLOVER SPRINGS Meteorite. This Mesosiderite was found in 1954 and Recognized in 1955. It was found in Gila County, Arizona. Total known weight is 7.7 kg. This specimen comes with the original label and this specimen is AMM number - 646.33. The American Meteorite Museum was started by H. H. Nininger. and in the later years run by Glen Huss and the Huss family, as the American Meteorite Laboratory. This is a "TRUE" Nininger specimen and comes before the "Huss Era" because H.H.Nininger used just numbers in his catalog system, while Huss started his with an "H". This is an amazing specimen, with old label from Nininger, and is one of the largest specimens in a private collection!
Michael Cottingham’s Meteorite Collecting History and (Mini) Bio…I first started my cosmic journey with meteorites in 1996. I have always been interested in Natural History and ever since I was very young, I have collected rocks, fossils, artifacts and the like. In fact, I have been pretty darn good at finding unusual Natural History objects. However, I had never found a meteorite and I didn’t even know where to begin. So, I first started by buying a few specimens to see what they actually looked like. Then I would take these specimens out into the desert area where I live and I would place them on the ground. I was trying to train my “eye” to see differently. Sometimes, I would take my meteorite specimens and throw them as far as I could into the desert, and then I would go search for them. I started to search dry lake beds and dune areas in the Southern part of my state. In Jan/1997 I was searching an area East of Columbus, New Mexico and I finally did what most people though was impossible (especially my wife) … I found a NEW Meteorite! This was the Columbus , New Mexico , H5. There were seven small pieces of this chondrite and the total known weight at the time was only 184 grams. Since then I have recovered about 2 kilos of fragments. On an interesting note, it only took me about 300 hours to find my first meteorite! My wife and I had a bet going at the time of the Columbus find. She said, “If, If you find a new meteorite, then you can go anywhere in the world and go hunt!” Well, I did. I next took our bank savings and headed out to search the Imilac strewnfield in the Atacama Desert of Chile. This area had produced many meteorites, but was remote and difficult to search. I went there and found 20 kilos of Imilac Pallasite individuals. I sold most, bought more meteorites and continued to hunt for more… Over the next few years, I either personally found or recovered through research, the following meteorites: Correo, New Mexico (200 grams), Glorietta (~1kilo), Odessa, Texas (20 kilos), Wagon Mound (87.5kg), Portales Valley (600+ grams), Gold Basin (~5 kilos), Kermit, Texas (001-005, About ~200 grams), Floydada (b) (6.266kg), O’Donnell, Texas (12.7kg), Falsey Draw, New Mexico (4.18kg), Steins, New Mexico (New Stone!), Pasamonte (b), New Mexico , and Tolar, New Mexico. This is only a partial list of meteorites that I have recovered or discovered in the field… I love to hunt for meteorites and in that hunting for these cosmic stones, I have a discovered a passion for collecting and selling these space treasures, as well. You will find more about me and my meteorite adventures, spread throughout my Meteorite Collection for sale pages in my ebay store… This specimen is from the MICHAEL COTTINGHAM METEORITE COLLECTION and is guaranteed to be authentic and as stated in description. All meteorites come with a 14 day return policy if not satisfied, and a Identification card. Shipping with insurance is 5.00 in the US. $11.00 overseas. I have been hunting,colle...
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