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Asked by: JP
Subject: Can anyone identify this gyroscope
Question: Hi,

I got an old gyroscope from army. It came with an wooden box as the gyroscope was attached to it. I'm not sure how old this is, I really don't understand much of these but I would love to. Inside the box there's a stamp stating that it has been maintained by the army 1967. Inside the box there's also a text I think could be a model; T/46.

I would love to know more about this item. I can send picture If you'd like to.

The gyroscope looks pretty much like this one in the link below:


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Date: 24 February 2015
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Answer: Glenn Turner - 24/02/2015 23:59:46
 It is probably a torpedo gyroscope. I don't recognise the maker but it is typical of the style and type of gyroscope.

Age could be anything between 1900 and 1950. From around 1950 electric gyros started to take over.However it is very likely some of these remained with some armed services until much later. That would explain the 1967.

If was used by the army I can only think of a few reason that an army would have it. It could have been used in a tank as modern tanks have gyroscopes to gun the gun level while driving.
May a firm adapted an existing torpedo gyro for an army use.

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Answer: JP - 25/02/2015 08:21:00
 Thank you for your quick reply Glenn!

Is it normal there's no name of the maker on the gyro? Is there any other way to find out where this was made? There's also some number stamped on the gyro, maybe a serial number or similar.

I would also like to know what this could be worth

Sorry for all the million questions!

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Answer: Glenn Turner - 25/02/2015 09:50:54

It is quite normal not to have the makers name on them. They usually have a serial number and often more detail on the wooden box.

In terms of value anything from 100 to 1000. Some people/shops in the UK try to sell them for 1000 but often selling for less in the end. I think 1000 is only obtainable if the history of the gyroscope is known and linked to some interesting history,

300 is a more realistic price. At 100 it should sell very quickly.

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Answer: JP - 25/02/2015 11:08:07

Ok good to know!

Thanks for your good answers!


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