London, South Kensington
12 April 2001
A four-rotor Enigma enciphering machine,
No. A801, by Chiffriermaschinen A.G., Berlin W.35, with four rotor wheels, crinkle-black internal hinged panel to rotor and lamp-block compartment, lamp-block shade with lid storage and oak case -- 11in. (28cm.) wide
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Little is known of the history of this machine; it is believed to have been supplied to a Scandinavian businessman for communication with the Third Reich. There are no visible official markings, and the presence of a 'Made in Germany' plaque in the lid suggests commercial use ouside Germany. The near-pristine condition of the interior indicates very little use.
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