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Electrical Component Associated with Edward Hebern

Electrical Component Associated with Edward Hebern

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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 metal cylinder with a single cloth-covered wire coming out one end. A metal piece fits around the cylinder and holds it. A mark on this piece reads: PHILCO (/) REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. (/) 4522-S.
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Object Name
electrical component
Edward Hebern
overall: 2.5 cm x 5.6 cm x 4.5 cm; 31/32 in x 2 7/32 in x 1 25/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
Credit Line
Gift of T. Scripps Downing
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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