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Lot 26: Ciphering Machine Enigma K-Model with Additional Lamp Panel, c. 1939

Science & Technol, Fine Toys & Autom

by Auction Team Breker

May 30, 2015

50997 Köln , (Godorf), Germany

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  • Ciphering Machine Enigma K-Model with Additional Lamp Panel, c. 1939
  • Ciphering Machine Enigma K-Model with Additional Lamp Panel, c. 1939
  • Ciphering Machine Enigma K-Model with Additional Lamp Panel, c. 1939
  • Ciphering Machine Enigma K-Model with Additional Lamp Panel, c. 1939
  • Ciphering Machine Enigma K-Model with Additional Lamp Panel, c. 1939
  • Ciphering Machine Enigma K-Model with Additional Lamp Panel, c. 1939
  • Ciphering Machine Enigma K-Model with Additional Lamp Panel, c. 1939
   
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Description: Ciphering Machine Enigma K-Model with Additional Lamp Panel, c. 1939
Manufactured by "Chiffriermaschinen-Ges. Heimsoeth und Rinke, Berlin", serial no. K 845, with 4-rotor set, numbered K776, K776I, K776II and K776III, with an external lamp panel and a separate power supply in oak case. An important example of the legendary World War II ciphering machine developed by Berlin engineer Dr. Arthur Scherbius and first manufactured there commercially by the Chiffriermaschinen Aktiengesellschaft Berlin in 1923. So complex was the Enigma, it was considered capable of producing over 22 billion code combinations without a single repetition. According to an early prospectus, "if someone worked continuously day and night and tried a different cipher-key every minute, it would take 42,000 years to exhaust all combination possibilities". In operation, each keystroke illuminated a different character and caused one or more rotors to shift fractionally, so that a different combination was created every time. Decryption required codebooks and a list of daily key settings. – Good original working condition, electrical functions checked. – A spectacular exhibition piece of fascinating history!

Chiffriermaschine Enigma K-Model mit zusätzlichem Fernlesegerät, um 1939
Historisch-legendäre deutsche Geheimschriftmaschine, die den Verlauf des 2. Weltkrieges entscheidend beeinflußt hat. Erfunden von Arthur Scherbius, Berlin, waren mit ihr 22 Milliarden (!) Code-Kombinationen ohne jede Wiederholung möglich. Bildlich gesagt, würde jemand jede Minute einen neuen Code benutzen und Tag und Nacht daran arbeiten, würde man insgesamt 42.000 Jahre benötigen, um alle Code-Kombinationen ohne Wiederholungen auszuschöpfen. – Dieses 4-Walzen-Gerät ist komplett, mit Original-Holzkasten, -Birnen, zusätzlichem Lampenfeld und separatem Transformator. Serien-Nr. K 845, Walzen-Nr. K776, K776I, K776II und K776III. Für nicht-druckenden Einsatz bestimmt. – Bei jedem Tastendruck leuchtet ein anderes Zeichen auf, das notiert werden muß. Auch der Druck auf dieselbe Taste führt immer wieder ein anderes Leuchtzeichen aus, ganz so, wie es der eingestellte Code zuläßt. Hersteller: Chiffriermaschinen-Ges. Heimsoeth und Rinke, Berlin. – Literatur: 1) Martin, S. 370. – 2) "Spiegel", Nr. 47/1978, S. 121. – Gut funktionierender Originalzustand, elektrische Funktionen getestet. – Eines der ganz großen technisch-historischen Sammlungs- und Ausstellungsstücke!

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