A World Best, Sikhote-Alin Embedded Shrapnel
Far Eastern Siberia, from the large Feb. 1947, late morning fall, an explosive entry viewed by many.
This great museum example missed its intended collection by Russian authority. All aspects of this extraordinary example fall to superlatives and is in the same state as originally found. An interesting story was relayed to me, as below, no reason to doubt it, but unproven. Particularly rich iron and nickel color, nearly totally devoid of rust, all intact, nothing disturbed, never hit the ground, no oils or polish or disturbed surface. It is of an exceptional size, maybe the largest of the shrapnel type at 237 mm long, 61mm widest, and of mostly near even thickness, 1" at most. The variety of its surfaces, its incredible straight form and shape, its certain knife blade sharp edges, I've looked long and never found one that could even come close to this world's finest.
note; a small piece is offered later in this sale. Size 9.5" length, 2.5" wide.
A man and his son, living less than a half hour drive and additional hiking time, were among the first at the still smoking point of larger impact, ..they gathered up what they could carry. They made a trip south to Vladivostok, successfully selling all. Feeling easily and nearly rich, they hurried to return. On the third return, authorities had begun to arrive, investigating and posting the area. On the peripheral, the son found a recently split tree, some numbers of meters beyond, this particular piece was sticking out of the side of a larger tree. This piece, they kept, eventually the government decreed that any 'looted' material should be turned over, a museum was to be created. The father eventually died, the son and this meteorite ended up in East Berlin, after about 1991, liberated, he showed this piece and accepted an offer from a Belgian antiques dealer, ..as a customer of his, for any manner of strong things, right away, on description, he sold it to me. As time went and more was understood, here, I realized what an unusual and rare unearthly treasure it truly is. Seeing images of the museum's collection from this fall, along with some few huge but common form bolder pieces, this spectacular piece would have been the singular one, remembered. Last image here is from the same fall, taken soon after and showing a different one imbedded in a tree. These shrapnel type flew off on the explosion of the main body, in this case, just before hitting the ground.this image was taken shortly after the fall, .. it shows a cut tree and imbedded piece, nothing to do with this offered piece.