NININGER TEKTITES
Indochinites from the 1959 Vietnam Expedition

Pioneering meteorite hunter and scientist Harvey H. Nininger's extraordinary life was recounted in his thrilling autobiography, Find a Falling Star — a must-read for all meteorite enthusiasts. He authored numerous other books, including Out of the Sky, Arizona's Meteorite Crater, and Our Stone-Pelted Planet.

Dr. Nininger created the American Meteorite Laboratory, opened the worlds's first independent meteorite museum on Route 66 near Meteor Crater, and was a founding member of the Meteoritical Society. He recovered thousands of meteorites and carried out groundbreaking work at important meteorite sites such as Brenham, Kansas; Canyon Diablo (Meteor Crater), Arizona; Toluca, Mexico; and many other locations across the United States and around the world.

During the 1950s, Dr. Nininger and his wife Addie, journeyed to Vietnam and worked with local landowners to assemble a remarkable collection of tektites. This expedition is well documented in his book Find a Falling Star. Each specimen was meticulously labeled, one at a time, by hand. The larger pieces received a hand painted number, while the smaller ones were cataloged using a small number written on tape, and then affixed to the specimen. Some of the specimens offered on this page are likely visible on the table in the photo from Find a Falling Star [above left]

These specimens were received via institutional trade from one of the world's foremost meteorite research collections. Each piece is accompanied by a custom, and hand signed, certificate of authenticity/specimen ID card. Some pieces are also accompanied by handwritten paper notes in Nininger's own hand. This is an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a very affordable specimen with an original number from the research collection of one of the most important figures in the history of meteoritics.

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FIVE NININGER TEKTITES WITH NOTE

Five tektites with superb elongated shapes, all with original Nininger AML numbers. One has a number affixed with tape; four carry hand painted numbers. Accompanied by a signed COA/ID card and an original handwritten description note that reads "stretchy fragments" and came with the specimens. We believe the note was written by H.H.'s wife, Addie.

21.8 grams total of 5 pieces
$262.00


 



Spherical tektite which appears to still have some original soil attached. With Nininger number hand painted directly onto specimen. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number 32v695
3.9 grams
19 mm x 15 mm x 14 mm

$59.00


 



Round droplet with Nininger number hand painted directly onto specimen. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number 32v765
4.1 grams
23 mm x 16 mm x 11 mm

$49.00


 



Flared droplet with Nininger number hand painted directly onto specimen. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number v961
4.3 grams
38 mm x 13 mm x 12 mm

$52.00


 



Attractive oval tektite with a variety of surface features, reminiscent of both Indochinites and rhizolites. With affixed label and handwritten Nininger number. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With handwritten Nininger number 32v815
5.9 grams
21 mm x 18 mm x 14 mm

$71.00


 



Petite flared specimen with Nininger number hand painted directly onto specimen. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number 32v155
6.3 grams
37 mm x 16 mm x 13 mm

$74.00


 



Interesting piece that seems to hint at orienation with Nininger number hand painted directly onto specimen. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number 26v965
8.8 grams
34 mm x 18 mm x 12 mm

$96.00


 



Peanut-shaped individual with Nininger number hand painted directly onto specimen. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number 32v919
9.1 grams
32 mm x 17 mm x 15 mm

$99.00


 



Flared droplet with Nininger number hand painted directly onto specimen. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number 15v784
9.2 grams
57 mm x 18 mm x 13 mm

$99.00


 



Round "drop" specimen with Nininger number hand painted directly onto specimen. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number 32v698
9.8 grams
22 mm x 21 mm x 19 mm

$100.00


 



Elegant beetle-shaped individual with Nininger number hand painted directly onto specimen. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number 32v656
11.5 grams
36 mm x 18 mm x 14 mm

$115.00


 



Very fine spoon-shaped specimen with original Nininger number painted on one edge. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number 11v268
13.1 grams
54 mm x 19 mm x 12 mm

$130.00


 



Superb elongated club-like droplet with original Nininger number painted on the large end. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number 14v255
14.8 grams
64 mm x 21 mm x 20 mm

$139.00


 



Fabulous collection of six small, oval tektites, each with individual, affixed Nininger number and one signed COA/ID card. A splendid grouping.

With various handwritten Nininger numbers
17.8 grams total

$178.00


 



Beautiful, overly large and flattish droplet with original Nininger number painted directly onto its "foot." One of our best tektites. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number 15v746
23.3 grams
59 mm x 24 mm x 16 mm

$187.00


 



Round individual with Nininger number hand painted directly onto specimen. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number 14v292
25.7 grams
38 mm x 28 mm x 21 mm

$210.00


 



Elongated oval with Nininger number hand painted directly onto specimen. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number v7302
26.7 grams
62 mm x 23 mm x 14 mm

$215.00


 


Superb, large half oval with good surface texture and original number painted on the flat edge. An excellent piece. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number 35v58c
30.7 grams
38 mm x 31 mm x 20 mm

$239.00


 



Large overal specimen with Nininger number hand painted directly onto specimen. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.

With hand painted Nininger number 35v573
54.1 grams
72 mm x 25 mm x 21 mm

$324.00


 


Excellent round disk-shaped individual with smooth edges and textured faces. With handwritten Nininger number 15v807. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card and handwritten note which reads "1 extra large disc, 1 extra large flat oval".

With handwritten Nininger number 15v807
94.5 grams
64 mm x 56 mm x 18 mm

$475.00


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