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Cipher Machine Parts Associated with Edward Hebern

Cipher Machine Parts Associated with Edward Hebern

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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 consists of twenty-nine small short flat black pieces. Twenty-eight have four holes and one has five. The dimensions given are those of each piece.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cipher machine parts
maker
Edward Hebern
Measurements
each:.1 cm x 4 cm x.5 cm; 1/32 in x 1 9/16 in x 3/16 in
ID Number
1991.3033.099
nonaccession number
1991.3033
catalog number
1991.3033.099
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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