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a portion of the mass, 1

Plate IV. Cube, etched, of Casas Grandes Iron.
The fine lines in relief are Scheibersite.
(cropped from border, squared)
illustrating Wirt (de Vivier) Tassin (1869-1915 *). “The Casas Grandes Meteorite.” Proceedings of the United States National Museum 25 (1903) : 69-74, followed by four plates.
Michigan copy, digitized October 17, 2006

“...Teodoro Alverado, more fortunate than the others, drifted into a large room, in the middle of which there appeared a kind of tomb made of adobe-brick. Curiosity led this bold knight of the crow-bar to renew his excavations; and when he had reached the middle of this tomb, he there found this curious mass of meteoric iron referred to in the fore part of this dispatch, carefully and curiously wrapped with a kind of coarse linen, similar to that with which the Egyptians inclose or wrap their mummies.”
ex “Correspondence relative to the discovery of a large meteorite in Mexico.”
Letter from William M. Pierson, United States vice-consul, Paso del Norte, Mexico, to the Department of State, Washington.
Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1873 (1874) : 419-422

“A portion of the mass was cut for exchange and study purposes by means of a slotter... and was readily worked down with shop files of increasing fineness, and lastly polished with emery flour...”
Tassin, p 70

wikipedia on Casas Grandes

8 March 2015

iron; transmutations
Teodoro Alverado; Wirt Tassin, “The Casas Grandes Meteorite” (1903)