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Old 10-13-2019, 04:39 PM   #1
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I know that at least one member of this forum has owned two enigma machines in his past, although they were sold a while ago. Does anyone else have an Enigma Machine that they can post pictures of?

If not the entire machine, what about parts, both ground-dug and not, and any other items related to the Enigma machine. I know a couple Enigma emblems sold last year, and I have seen other parts as well, so let's see what our members have in their collections.

Below is a picture of a rotor assembly I bought several years ago.
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Old 10-13-2019, 04:40 PM   #2
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I also have this dial, but that is all unfortunately.
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Old 10-25-2019, 06:48 AM   #3
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I also have this dial, but that is all unfortunately.
In my collection I have the following enigma machine/crypto-related items:
- A working attic-found Enigma I machine keyboard (early-war type) which I bought off this forum. It has evidence of field repair as one of the "legs" which attaches it to the base is in fact the reflector guide pin. Well, at least the judgement of some enigma experts I know.
- A working, good condition stecker cable. This came from a hoard of enigma parts and enigma machines I found recently in Germany.
- A relic Enigma D reflector (S/N A12983)
- Four photographs of Enigmas in use (three of which I have posted before),
- An original 1920s article about one of the first “commercial” Enigmas used for banks and so on.
- An American-produced German cipher intercept decrypt intelligence report document.

The steckerbrett and base in the photos are reproductions. I will post images of the decrypt document soon if you'd like.
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In my collection I have the following enigma machine/crypto-related items:
- A working attic-found Enigma I machine keyboard (early-war type) which I bought off this forum. It has evidence of field repair as one of the "legs" which attaches it to the base is in fact the reflector guide pin. Well, at least the judgement of some enigma experts I know.
- A working, good condition stecker cable. This came from a hoard of enigma parts and enigma machines I found recently in Germany.
- A relic Enigma D reflector (S/N A12983)
- Four photographs of Enigmas in use (three of which I have posted before),
- An original 1920s article about one of the first “commercial” Enigmas used for banks and so on.
- An American-produced German cipher intercept decrypt intelligence report document.

The steckerbrett and base in the photos are reproductions. I will post images of the decrypt document soon if you'd like.
And here's a photo of the side of the keybord + a couple photos of one of the pages of the cipher decrypt intelligence document.
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I also have this dial, but that is all unfortunately.
Nice items you have there. That is an early-war Enigma thumb wheel (using the technical term). Later in the war bakelite was increasingly incorporated into the rotor design. First the thumb wheel and then even the number ring in later months. Early-war rotors are the most desirable considering figures in recent years, though condition is of course a factor. Some machines on the market have miss-matched rotors, with some even having a mix of metal and bakelite-type rotors.
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Thanks for posting Marcus. I was beginning to think that maybe I should have put this thread in the communication equipment forum instead.


Those are some AWESOME pieces you have in your collection. The keyboard is fantastic.


So the stecker cable came out of a hoard of parts you found. Do you have the entire hoard? Can you post your photographs again of the enigma machines in use?



Thank you for information about my rotor, I really appreciate it.
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Thank you for information about my rotor, I really appreciate it.
That's alright.

Thanks. I don't have the entire hoard, but am currently in contact with the owner since I am in the process of brokering the two Enigma machines and perhaps some of the remaining parts (dozens of steckers, spare rotor boxes, rotor parts, contrast filters, box parts etc) to another collector.

I also recently discovered an exceptionally rare signature book of employees of the British intelligence agency GCHQ from the 1960s which included a whole page of people involved in cryptology. There was even three former Bletchley Park codebreakers and some rather famous mathematicians, chess players and so on. These included the likes of Hugh Alexander (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conel_...onel_Alexander) and Leslie Yoxall (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Yoxall). I was able to verify the signatures through a contact who is a former employee of GCHQ who worked the same time the document was produced and who in fact knew many of them. He helped massively in identifying a lot of the signatures. Most were people he had either worked with or worked under.

I can't get much more information on it however as GCHQ says that information on former employees is classified under the Official Secrets Act. On the other hand, the seller wasn't aware of the signatures so I was able to get it at a very good price for the museum I ended up brokering it to.

Here are also the Enigma photographs I have in my collection.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:42 AM   #8
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Those are some great pictures, thank for sharing.
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