South African, Coarse Octahedrite
Item: 147.1 Dimensions: 375 x 230 x 7 mm Weight: 2.779 kg
Partial/complete: Complete slice
Cube: ~15mm x 15mm x 15mm ≈ 15mm3

Orange River

Country: South Africa
Region: Orange Free State
Found: 1855
Group: Iron
Type: Octahedrite, Medium
Class: IIIB
Total known weight: 148.8kg

A mass of 328lb, sent by a farmer of the Orange River district, was brought to London in August 1855 and was described and analyzed, C.U.Shepard, Am. J. Sci., 1856, 21, p.213, M.H.Hey, Cat. Met., 1966, p.359. Nitrogen abundance, E.K.Gibson and C.B.Moore, GCA, 1971, 35, p.877. Analysis, 8.46% Ni, 21.2 ppm Ga, 43.7 ppm Ge, 0.12 ppm Ir, E.R.D.Scott et al., GCA, 1973, 37, p.1957. Metallographic description, well preserved, shock-hardened, V.F.Buchwald, Handbook of Iron Meteorites, Univ. of California, 1975, p.947. Further analysis, J.T.Wasson, GCA, 1999, 63, p.2875.