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A First World War torpedo steering gyroscope, designed to ensure a straight, predictable line, by the Whitehead Torpedo Works, sold for £400 at Bamfords.

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After purchasing the rights to fit his weapons with gyroscopic control gear patented by Ludwig Obry in 1896, various marks of the Whitehead torpedo remained in service until the end of the Great War.

A First World War torpedo steering gyroscope, designed to ensure a straight, predictable line, by the Whitehead Torpedo Works (established in Portland in 1891 and later part of the Armstrong-Whitworth and Vickers group), came up for auction at Derby saleroom Bamfords’ (21% buyer’s premium) Centuries of ConflictMilitaria auction on October 31.

Offered in its original mahogany case, and marked W & Co, 801, it made a top-estimate £400.