Chondrite - L5
    Wold Cottage, England - (54° 8' 12"N, 0° 24' 48"W)
    Wold Cottage played a crucial role in the scientific community's acceptance that rocks could indeed fall from the sky. On December 13, 1795, Wold Cottage crashed to Earth yards from farmworker John Shipley. Unfortunately, Shipley was the only witness to the event, which proved insufficient to convince almost anyone as to what occurred. Fortunately, Shipley's boss and owner of the Wold Cottage estate was well-known bon vivant Edward Topham. Topham had a reputation as an honest man, which proved vital in swaying public opinion in favor of accepting Shipley's claim. Certain that the stone was of import, Topham arranged to have Wold Cottage placed on public exhibition in London. The scientific community took note, especially after it compared favorably to a rock from a similar event in Siena, Italy that occurred one year earlier. Prior to this time, such events were either simply denied or explained away in much the same way that Thomas Jefferson dismissed the l'Aigle event (see previous lot). The fact that two stones from different localities had common characteristics convinced many scientists of the stones' possible extraterrestrial origins. Featuring a vein of impact melt arcing across its creamy matrix and metallic flakes scattered throughout, this is an uncommon offering of an extremely historic meteorite. 31 x 25 x 1mm (1.25 x 1 x 0.1 inches) and 3.21 grams.

    Provenance: Natural History Museum, London (formerly the British Museum of Natural History)

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    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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