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    Sale 12052

    Science & Natural History

    19 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 66

    TRAVIS COUNTY (a) A MASSIVE COMPLETE SLICE OF A TEXAN METEORITE
    Chondrite – H5

    TRAVIS COUNTY, TEXAS (30°18' N, 97°42' W)

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    TRAVIS COUNTY (a) A MASSIVE COMPLETE SLICE OF A TEXAN METEORITE
    Chondrite – H5
    Travis County, Texas (30°18' N, 97°42' W)
    Cut from the largest of the Travis County (a) masses, now offered is one of the two largest complete slices of this storied Texan meteorite. This large-format slice is festooned with endless metallic flakes as well as numerous dark inclusions scattered throughout the matrix. The outer rim has extensive patches of fusion crust.
    463 x 377 x 5mm (18¼ x 14¾ x 1/8in.)
    3.50kg (7.7lbs)


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    Travis County meteorites found their way into scientific literature when Dr. R. T. Hill of the University of Texas received a 2.5 kg fragmentary mass that he donated to the Smithsonian in 1889. The fragment originated from a ranch in Travis County, home to the state capitol of Austin as well as the university where he worked. Nearly forty years later, celebrated meteorite hunter Oscar Monnig met Dr. Hill and was able to trace the specimen donated to the Smithsonian to the Sunset Ranch in Leander, Texas. Unfortunately, just where the meteorite was found had been long forgotten, so Monnig organized a search of the area and soon located numerous additional masses totaling more than 100 kg. All were believed to have originated from the same event, but in 1995 it was determined — ironically by another Smithsonian researcher — that about 20% of the specimens were of a different meteorite that just happened to fall in the same area and were thus given the name “Travis County (b).”

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    Provenance

    The Oscar Monnig Collection, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
    Philip C. Mani Collection