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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.
One of these two steel pieces is a rectangle with a smaller bar attached to a groove in one side and a hole. The second consists of two rectangular bars held together with steel pegs. The two pieces are bound with string (this is not shown in the photograph).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cipher machine parts
maker
Edward Hebern
Measurements
overall: 2.9 cm x 11.5 cm x 4 cm; 1 5/32 in x 4 17/32 in x 1 9/16 in
ID Number
1991.3033.105
nonaccession number
1991.3033
catalog number
1991.3033.105
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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