Lot 37
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M4 NAVAL ENIGMA MACHINE

Estimate
300,000 - 500,000 USD
Sold
800,000 USD
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Description

  • A fully operational four-rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine. Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany, Heimsoeth und Rinke, 1942, seized from the Bauaufsicht der Kriegsmarine in Trondheim, Norway, after the capitulation of Nazi forces there in 1945
Four-rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma cipher machine, serial number 5124/JLA/42, complete with Beta rotor (M3174), 3 aluminum rotors (IV, VI, & VII) with serial numbers (VI: M8423, IV, VIII: M10138), and C reflector (M3174), each rotor with 26 positions labeled with letters. Housed in the original oak case (13¾ x 11¼ x 6¼ in.), with leather handle, case with hinged front panel stamped "Klappe Schleissen" opening to reveal ebonite Steckerbrett [plug-board], outside of case and inside of lid with matching metal plates reading "M 5124." Control panel with standard raised "QWERTZ" keyboard of 26 Bakelite keys in white on black backgrounds, lockable rotor cover, battery compartment and 4V power socket and key, removable light panel with letters A-Z lifting to reveal 26 light bulbs, Steckerbrett with 12 original patch cables (10 plugged into the Steckerbrett and 2 spares stored in lid of case), lid with 10 spare bulbs, green contrast filter, spare patch cables, original paper instruction label, (stamped serial 5124), and stamped "Admiral Norwegen | Kommando der Marine Station Ostsee" above the instruction label.  [WITH]: additional aluminum rotor (II: M5569) in secondary oak storage case (5¼ x 10¼ x  5 in.), outside of case and edge with matching metal plates reading "M8423," inside of lid with the effaced stamp of "Kommando de Marine Station Ostee," and the additional stamp: "Marineoberkommando | In Norwegen | Druckschriftenverwaltung," [AND] Original German telegraph key (D.R.P Junker), and five facsimile user manuals. 
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