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Instruments of Science & Technology / A HELL STG-61 PORTABLE CIPHER MACHINE, GERMAN, 1960'S,

Lot 17
A HELL STG-61 PORTABLE CIPHER MACHINE,
GERMAN, 1960'S,
28 September 2022, 14:00 BST
London, Knightsbridge

Sold for £3,570 inc. premium

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A HELL STG-61 PORTABLE CIPHER MACHINE, GERMAN, 1960'S,

serial no. 64401, the olive green metal casing opening to stack of six cipher wheel, alphabetic disc and thumbwheel for resetting the counter, in original card case,
the machine 5in (12.5cm) long

Footnotes

The HELL STG-61 1 was a small hand-held cipher machine, built in the around 1961 by Rudolf HELL in Kiel for the post-war German Border Police as a replacement for the refurbished Enigma machines that were used until then. The STG-61 is one of two mechanical cipher machines, the other one being the H-54, that were built by HELL under license of the Hagelin Company in Switzerland. It is a purely mechanical machine, that can easily be hidden in the pocket of, say, a coat.

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