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Cipher Machine Component Associated with Edward Hebern - Weights

Cipher Machine Component Associated with Edward Hebern - Weights

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Description
The American inventor Edward Hebern (1869-1952) designed a series of machines for encrypting messages. The Smithsonian collections include a few of these as part of accession 1991.0190. Like many inventors, Hebern accumulated a variety of spare parts. These are some of them, part of museum transaction 1991.3033.
This group includes twenty-four steel weights each of which is notched along one edge. A thin hooked wire is at one end. The dimensions given are for each weight.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
weights
maker
Edward Hebern
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 cm x 1 cm x 9.2 cm; 13/32 in x 13/32 in x 3 5/8 in
ID Number
1991.3033.020
catalog number
1991.3033.020
nonaccession number
1991.3033
Credit Line
Gift of T. Scripps Downing
subject
Mathematics
Codes and Ciphers
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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