C0044

Enigma transport crate
Title
Enigma transport crate
Production date
1941
Additional Title information
A transport crate for an Enigma machine, sent to the 2nd Batterie Flak-Abteilung 506.
MATERIAL(s)
Pine, iron.
Type
Cipher machine accessory
DIMENSIONS
360 x 450 x 240 mm
Serial number(s)
Contributer(S)
COLLECTION NUMBER
C0044
CONDITION
Fair. Scuffs and other wear commensurate with age.
Category / Subcategory (if applicable)
Location
Main collection (Durham, UK).
STATUS
In storage
provenance
Purchased from a German dealer.
Acquisition Date
May 2022
Associated object(S)
Record Last Updated
Aug 20, 2022
DESCRIPTION
A crate with a paper inventory label on the inside of the lid describing its contents as "Chi. Maschine", likely an abbreviation of 'Chiffriermaschine' (cipher machine). The internal dimensions of the box match the dimensions of an Enigma machine (in a wooden transport case). On the label, there is a quantity column specifying that it is one of 50. According to the label, the crate was sent to field post number L31002, the 2nd Batterie Flak-Abteilung 506 (a heavy anti-aircraft battalion). On the label, there is also a round ink stamp with the German eagle in the middle that has another Dienststelle Feldpostnummer (with 'E' prefix that identifies a receiving/sorting unit) for that battalion.
Notes
There are no other known examples of this crate. The closest comparable object is the equally-rare Fu.99 metal case. It holds an Enigma machine (in a wooden case), two spare rotors (in a wooden case) and a spare battery. If you have any information on this object, please get in touch.
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