Provenance: William S. Vaux (1811-1882); The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia (ANSP)
Above: A photo-excerpt from Gordon's 1933 ANSP "Meteorites in the Collections of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia". Note the matching collection numbers.
Historical Notes: For the first time, we are pleased to present the circumstances of the fall of the Agen meteorite in the English language. The editor would like to acknowledge the hard work of friend and fellow collector Dr. Arnaud Mignan for his partial translation of this old French text, which was originally published in 1814 in the Bibliotheque Britannique (see references):
Translated by Dr. Arnaud Mignan (The Tricottet Collection)
Saint-Amans, H.F.B. de (1814), Details sur une chute d'aerolithes aux environs d'Agen. Bibliothque Britannique, 57, pp 194-198
Website: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, http://www.ansp.org/
Collection No. B258.2 - A 0.218 gram fragment.
Provenance: Adrien-Charles, Marquis de Mauroy (1848 - 1927); [...]; by transfer to Rolf W. Buehler (Swiss Meteorite Lab); by transfer to The Peter Marmet Collection.
Specimen Notes: The small hand-written label is penned by the hand of Adrien-Charles, Marquis de Mauroy (1848 – 1927). In 1898, the Marquis purchased four fragments of the Agen meteorite from the heir of M. Prignieres, who witnessed the fall and had collected the meteorite on his land at Brethon nearly 84 years earlier. Since the Marquis had no other known sources for the Agen meteorite, we can assume that one of the four Prignieres fragments is the parent to the specimen shown above in the Bandli Collection.
Biographical Notes: During the 19 th century, the Marquis managed to assemble one of the most important private meteorite collections in Europe. With hopes of founding a natural history museum at the Vatican, the Marquis bequeathed his collection to the Vatican in several stages. Today, it remains the core of the Vatican’s meteorite collection (Vaticana Specola) and one of the most significant and historical meteorite collections in the world.
The editor would like to thank Brother Guy Consolmagno, Curator at the Vatican Observatory, for help in confirming the source of this specimen.
Consolmagno, G. (2001), Vatican Observatory Collection catalogue. Specola Vaticana, Vatican City State.