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This past weekend I was at a meeting in New Orleans. As is my usual custom, I hit the antique shops on Royal street to sniff out if there were any milsurp stuff lying around among the French furniture and other expensive antiquities.

So I walk into this shop loaded with Louis 14th and Georgian furniture, and suddenly I felt my heart starting to flutter. No a good thing for an old geezer of 71. There in front of me, behind plate glass is an ENIGMA four rotor machine. The sales associate , probably sensing my trance like state asked me if I was interested. " How much are you asking" I stammered. He told me the price and I immediately lost interest. I asked how he came onto this treasure. Apparently a conatct in London told him a farmer's son in Denmark was cleaning out the stable and came across this box, all wrapped up. He took off thr wrappings and there was this machine with some German instructions printed on the inside of the box lid. The word got out via Danish dealers and he arranged to purchase the machine.

My riddle to you gents is how much do you all think he was asking.

1. $25,000
2 $50.000
3. $100,000
4.>$100,000


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If anybody here is interested you can PM me and I will give you the name of the dealer. I have absolutely no connection with the dealership and I can assure you I have no commision if it sells. The photos were given to me by the dealer just for my own albumn. No photography was allowed in the shop.

I was at the WW2 museum and there was an enigma there too. To see two of these machines in one weekend was indeed a rare treat.
 

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So far nobody is right.
He also had a wooden display plaque made by a Canadian soldier with five bayonets, two of which are sawbacks, he collected as souvenirs from Vimy Ridge.
 

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I'm going with answer #4, as Carol Merril's box wasn't an option! I have no idea, but I'm going to guess $200,000 - $250,000?
 

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Depending on the variant these will run 15-20k. A four rotor if not mistaken is early. Neat items but I never saw the value in them really. While an antique shop is hardly the venue for such an item I would guess to buy such an item the buyer would have to look at prior sales and probably comes in at 25k
 

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the asking price was $125,000 with some leeway, but not a lot.
 

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I'm with Vid. Very neat but also very esoteric. My guess is that he will have this one for a while unless he runs onto someone or some place that has to have it and has an unlimited budget.

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I'd go for the bayonets ...

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Wow that is very out of the ordinary to say the least.
The only Enigma I ever saw was at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. It was in the U-505 exhibit. They captured the U Boat with the Enigma still intact. So the Museum has one of five remaining U Boats in the world that you can go through.
 

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I like the antique stores on Dauphine. Their is one with a lot of militaria in it...unfortunately I think it has other purposes to them than being collectible items...Anyway their's another store a block or so from there that's got a lot of German stuff in it, can't remember where or the name haha.
 

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Wouldn't you need another one if you wanted to communicate with someone? That's 250 large. I'd rather have my house paid off and an MG.42.
 

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Wouldn't you need another one if you wanted to communicate with someone? That's 250 large. I'd rather have my house paid off and an MG.42.
totally agree with you. I heard the machine sold for the asking price to an overseas group of investors. Oh well. Thats another one off my bucket list.
 

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Has anybody seen the movie Enigma. Its a real treat if you ignore the mushy love scenes. I have been several times to Bletchley Manor. Spooky to say the least.
 
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