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This is an original 3-rotor Enigma cipher machine, serial number 7424. This type of Enigma was used by the Wehrmacht, Luftwaffe and High Command as late as May 1945. This piece, based upon the serial number, was produced in the late 1930s. The identification tag located under the metal cover of the machine indicates it was manufactured by Heimsoeth & Rincke in Berlin. Both the Enigma machine and its oak box are in excellent condition for a machine that was used throughout the war. This is an excellent, museum quality example of a 3 Rotor Enigma. This piece includes 5 rotors, I, II, III, IV, and V all with matching serial numbers. This is rare as the rotors could be, and often were, interchanged among Enigma machines in the field. In the late 1930s, 3 rotor Enigmas were manufactured with 5 rotors to increase the security of the machine. Operators setting up the machine for use would choose 3 rotors to use from among the five issued with the machine. Included with the machine is a reproduction rotor box for the two additional rotors. This Enigma is fully functional and has had a battery holder that accepts standard flashlight batteries installed to allow the lamps to light up when letters are encoded with the machine. Seven original Stecker cords are included with the machine.