Artifact Details


ENIGMA Encryption/Decryption Device

Catalog Number



Physical object


ca. 1935


Chiffriermaschinen Aktien-Gesellschaft

Place Manufactured

Berlin, Germany

Identifying Numbers

Model number ENIGMA
Other number A12761 On label on back of wooden case, near handle
Serial number 16411 Inside casing, beneath rotors


6 x 11 x 15 in.


Text as appears on ENIGMA's top cover: To Observe! Observe the manual for the Encryption machine (H. Dv. g. 13) 1. To clean the roller contacts, turn all rolls several times backwards and forwards. 2. To clean the key contacts, press all keys down strongly before turning on power several times and let them pop back up while one key remains pressed. 3. While selection of the characters which are visible in the window, observe that the rollers are in the right position. 4. The "fool proof" (literal translation: "unconfusable") double pole plugs are to be inserted into the holes all the way. The front wooden panel is to be closed, since otherwise three lamps could be lit at the same time. 5. If no lamps are lit after pressing a key, check battery, contact springs, connectors at the switch and the switch itself. 6. If one or more lamps do not light up with a key pressed, the corresponding lamps, the contacts underneath them, the cables of the double poled plugs, the plug receptacles including their sho."


I/O: other


World War II; Germany

Collection Title

Gwen Bell artifact and book collection

Series Title

Pre-computing artifacts


Gift of Gordon and Gwen Bell

Lot Number