A rare Kryha-Liliput cipher machine,  German,  circa 1930,
Lot 61
A rare Kryha-Liliput cipher machine, German, circa 1930,
Sold for £11,250 (US$ 18,909) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare Kryha-Liliput cipher machine, German, circa 1930,
the velvet lined leather case fitted with watch-form nickle-plated case together with four interchangeable number and letter rings, together with a copy of the article Philip Marks (2011): Operational Use of the Cryptanalysis of the Kryha Cipher Machine, Cryptologia, 35.2, 114-155. (lacking metal tool), the machine 2 3/4in (7cm) diameter

Footnotes

  • In 1924, the German engineer, Alexander von Kryha, invented a coding machine and applied for patents in both Germany and the USA.
    The machine had a disc type mechanism with two variable alphabets which were irregularly displaced by a gear type wheel with alternately arranged groups of teeth and spaces.
    There were eventually three models - the Standard, Electric and Liliput. Their basic difference was their speed of use with the Liliput being the slowest by delivering approximately 90 letters per minute.
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