A M-209-B encryption machine,  supplied by L C Smith & Corona Typewriter Inc., American, circa 1942,

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Lot 46
A M-209-B encryption machine,
supplied by L C Smith & Corona Typewriter Inc., American, circa 1942,

Sold for £ 2,500 (US$ 3,030) inc. premium
A M-209-B encryption machine, supplied by L C Smith & Corona Typewriter Inc., American, circa 1942,
Serial no. 96948, the green metal casing with 6 adjustable key wheels at the front, left side enciphering knob and power lever on the right, letters printed on paper tape, complete with lid, canvas shoulder bag and technical manual, 7in (18cm) wide

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The M-209 was designed by the Swedish cryptographer, Boris Hagelin for the USA armed forces. Used throughout World War II in continued in service though the Korean War.

    The machine is currently in the ownership of Simon Singh, author of 'THE CODE BOOK', an international bestseller exploring the history of cryptography. Dr Singh is the founder of the pro-science charity 'Good Thinking' and a trustee of 'Sense About Science', which is currently leading the All Trials campaign in favour of greater transparency in medical research. The money raised by the sale of this cipher machine will be divided between two charities.

    Literature: 'The Code Book. The Secret History of Codes and Code Breaking', Fouth Estate, 1999.
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A M-209-B encryption machine,  supplied by L C Smith & Corona Typewriter Inc., American, circa 1942,
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