This Enigma Cipher Machine is being sold by a private Enigma collector.
For further information please email: Curator@EnigmaMuseum.com
ORIGINAL LATE WAR WW-II GERMAN ARMY ENIGMA CIPHER MACHINE:$ (Price Upon Request)
This is a complete and original WWII German Army Enigma cipher machine in good working condition. The serial number 18,660 indicates that it was made towards the end of the war. Three rotors, I, II, III are included (Rotor serial numbers are 18,840) and an additional two rotors, IV and V are also included. Each of the rotors has been rebuilt using as many original parts as possible. An exact replica of the wooden carrying case for the two additional rotors is also available. Although it is over 60 years old, this Enigma machine is in good working condition. To allow the buyer to use the Enigma immediately, a battery holder that accepts standard flashlight batteries is included. Also included are a reproduction of the original manual and a CD-ROM called “The Story of the Enigma: History, Technology, and Deciphering”. All of the original records of the disposition of Enigma machines were lost in the bombings during the war. However, from it’s condition it is apparent that this machine was used by the German army in a relatively protected environment.
HISTORICAL NOTE: The Allied forces were ordered to destroy all German Enigma Machines at the end of WWII. Therefore, they are exceptionally hard to find. The difficulty in finding Enigma machines coupled with an increasing recognition of the historic importance of these machines has led to a steady increase in prices over the years.
SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT PRICES:
Original German Enigmas like this one are extremely rare and hard to find because most of the Enigmas were destroyed during or at the end of the war. Since they are so rare and historic, the prices paid in several recent sales of Enigmas have been widely publicized and consequently, the values of Enigmas have increased dramatically. Most recently a 3-rotor German Army WWII Enigma sold at open auction by Christie’s for $ 249,000 US Dollars with the buyer’s premium factored in. Other recent sales in the $ 160,000 and 150,000 range were widely reported. These Enigmas were sold in as-is condition with obvious parts missing. All of the Enigmas sold on this website are complete and in working condition although, since the Germans used brass electrical contacts instead of gold, silver, or platinum, perfect operation on every keypress cannot be guaranteed.
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