This is a complete, museum-quality German Enigma machine in excellent working condition.
The serial number A7149 indicates that it was made by Heimseoth und Rinke in Berlin in 1937. This Enigma includes five rotors (I, II, III, IV, and V). All five rotors carry the serial number A7149 and match the serial number of the machine. The reflector (UKW) also carries the serial number A7149. This Enigma was manufactured for and used by the German military before and during World War II. The German military adopted the Enigma machine in 1926 for use by all branches of the military and government. This Enigma machine would have been used before the outbreak of WWII to hide Germany’s military build-up in violation of the Treaty of Versailles.
Although it is more than 70 years old, this Enigma machine is an excellent, museum-quality example of a 3-rotor army Enigma (a.k.a. Heeres Enigma, or Enigma I). To allow the buyer to use the Enigma, a battery holder that accepts standard flashlight batteries is included as are copies of the original Enigma operating manuals, Dr. Thomas Perera’s book Inside Enigma, and a CD-ROM titled The Story of the Enigma: History, Technology, and Deciphering.
This machine was used by the German military during WWII, but it escaped any major damage and appears to have been stored in a dry environment since the end of the war. All of the rotors have been renumbered and refurbished to match original specifications using as many original parts as possible. All of the internal wiring of the Enigma as well as the wiring of the rotors and reflector have been checked and verified to function just as the machine would have worked upon issue to the German military in 1937. The finish on the oak box has been lightly restored to stabilize the wood. The machine and the oak case are in excellent condition and show wear characteristic of machines that were in use during the war (see the photographs below).
Enigma A7149 includes a reproduction wooden box for the two extra rotors. See pictures below.
This Enigma machine came to us from a collector in Europe.
This is a very fine working example of one of the most important pieces of history from WWII.
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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. In 2015, a 3-rotor German Army WWII Enigma sold at open auction by Bonhams for $ 269,000 US Dollars with the buyer’s premium factored in. Many of 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 can not be guaranteed.