Iron, Finest octahedrite (IIICD)
Specimen weight: 322.3 grams, complete slice etched on one side.
#. This meteorite was purchased by CU
Shepherd, truly the first serious meteorite collector in the
United States. ASU acquired much of his collection and this was
one of the masses. So this Tazewell specimen has great
provenance. I exchanged two thick, rough cut slices from ASU and
had them split into four complete slices, and re-finished.
This very rare and beautiful iron was found in Claiborne
County, Tennessee in 1853. A single mass weighing 27.2 kilograms
was plowed up on a farm 10 miles west of Tazewell. This
meteorite is a Finest octahedrite, easily seen in the
Widmanstatten pattern with bandwidth of only 0.045 mm!