- Meteorite Type: Stone L6
- Weight: 1137.2 grams
- Approximate Measurements: 138 mm x 80 mm x 70 mm
- Additional Information: Outstanding individual with two hand-painted numbers. Fell November 25, 1943, Dewey Co., OK
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This beautiful complete individual, with rich natural patina, is from the important Oscar Monnig Meteorite Collection. It features two hand-painted numbers (Huss/Monnig and original Monnig), thumbprints and remnant fusion crust. A gorgeous and desirable historic meteorite.
Oscar Monnig was one of the most resourceful and accomplished meteorite collectors in history. A resident of Texas, he was a successful businessman, owned six department stores in Fort Worth. Monnig’s early interest in astronomy grew into an unrivaled passion for meteorites and meteorite recovery. He was a friendly rival of H.H. Nininger’s and when they both showed up in the Leedey strewnfield it was agreed that they would divide the largest mass between them.
Oscar and his hunting team recovered Tishomingo, Pena Blanca Springs, Atoka, and scores of other important American meteorites.
Oscar lived to the age of 99 and bequeathed his magnificent and important personal collection to Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, where much of it is now on display in the Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery — one of America’s finest meteorite museums. Glenn and Margaret Huss of the American Meteorite Laboratory cataloged Oscar’s entire collection during the 1980s, and they hand painted the collection numbers (“M1.1”) which we today associate with the collection. Some of the historic specimens offered here carry an official Monnig Collection number (hand painted by Glenn Huss) and a second number painted by Oscar himself! A double provenance from a legendary personality in meteorite history and one of the greatest meteorite collectors of all time.