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Thornycroft Bomb Thrower

£9500
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Thornycroft Bomb Thrower

£9500

A WWI era presentation model of a Thornycroft bomb thrower, used for propelling depth charges from Royal Navy ships, England, circa 1917. 

The model is constructed in brass, with wire winch loading mechanism, and a removable scale depth charge, stamped "Thornycroft Patent" to the left side, and GR royal cipher to the right side, mounted on an oak bedplate with a silvered plaque. 

The silvered plaque inscribed "Model of Thornycroft bomb thrower, the first trials of which were carried out onboard H.M.S. LINNET by Admiral the Hon. Sir Stanley Colville, GCVO KCB, commander in chief, Portsmouth on 22nd June 1917".

Height: 29 cm.

Width: 19.5 cm.

Depth: 35 cm.

The model is of a Mark I Thornycroft Bomb Thrower for "D" pattern depth charges: https://collections.hampshireculture.org.uk/topic/thornycroft-depth-charge-throwers

Literature: 7 page bound manual for the Mark I Thornycroft Bomb Thrower for "D" Pattern Depth Charges, including description and spare part List dated 1st September 1917, marked secret & confidential.  Published by John I. Thornycroft & Co. Ltd. of Caxton House, London SW1, printed by Vacher & Sons Ltd. see: https://collections.hampshireculture.org.uk/object/thornycroft-depth-charge-thrower-manual

John I. Thornycroft & Company Limited, usually known simply as Thornycroft, was a British shipbuilding firm founded by John Isaac Thornycroft in Chiswick in 1866. It moved to Woolston, Southampton, in 1908, they merged in 1966 with Vosper & Company to form one organization called Vosper Thornycroft.