SOLD!

Model 2000 Swindell w/ Breastplate!  

One of the very first “modern” diving helmets made of fiberglass, the Advanced Diving Systems Model 2000 invented by George Swindell! Made in Gretna, Louisiana a large majority of these helmets utilized a neck dam. A minority of them were ordered with the optional breasplate - like this one. This helmet was certainly well used but not abused. The blue fiberglass body is free of any cracks, but the surface shows signs of years of use. The old foam inside the helmet is deteriorating, but for display purposes it’s of little consequence. The breastplate is in very good original condition with all 12 acorn nuts and brails present. The black painted body of the breastplate looks quite nice with the dark blue bonnet. Would make a worthwhile restoration project or can be display as is showing off its many jobs accomplished. Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

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Very Early Ratcliffe “Rat Hat” - Possibly #1 

Bob Ratcliffe is world famous among divers for his helmet creation - the Rat Hat! While living in a trailer behind the World Wide Divers shop in Morgan City, CA he made the very first prototype Rat Hat. The helmet performed so well others in the industry wanted one. Four initial helmets were made, which then started him on the path of manufacturing. This helmet was presented to the diver Woody Treen in Santa Barbara around 1967 as #1! The top handle and Kirby Morgan side valve had been added since it’s initial construction. The helmet itself is in very good condition with relatively light signs of use. The neck ring separates and locks into place with ease. Worthy of any collection or museum, this truly is a special fiberglass helmet! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this!          helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

SOLD!

Amazing TOA Diving Apparatus Helmet!

This is without a doubt the nicest TOA Diving Apparatus Company helmet we have ever seen! Just look at the photo to the right - it looks like this helmet has never seen a day of work in its life. The helmet is a standard 3 light 12 bolt model with tinning on the copper body. The ID plate, like the rest of the helmet, is in wonderful condition. The TOA plate is all in English, indicating it was made for a customer outside Japan. A fine Japanese helmet should be part of any collection and this one is a magnificent example! Contact us for more photos of this beauty! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

SOLD! SOLD!

Unusual 3 Bolt / 12 Bolt Russian Helmet!

Russian diving helmets made after WWII fit a typical 3 bolt pattern for the most part. A small percentage of helmets were made with both the 3 bolt and 12 bolt patterns though - like this beautiful example! This style of helmet was made so the helmet could be used like any other 3 bolt helmet or used with a 12 bolt pattern suit. Unlike a vast majority of Russian helmets, the 12 wing nuts with brails along the outside edge of the breastplate are rarely seen. This helmet was made in 1992, during a very turbulent time as the newly formed Russian was taking hold. It’s quite possible this helmet was never used as it is in amazing original condition! All the hardware is present and the helmet is free of any noticeable dents.  Perfect display piece or after certification, ready to use! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

Yokohama Mixed Gas Extreme Depths Helmet!

Considered the apex of hard hat helmets for extreme deep dives. This example of a earlier Yokohama mixed gas helmet features a hand formed bonnet, Kepner check valve and retains a Sodasorb canister! It also has both of its original “t” wrenches, one for the wing nuts and one for the inner canister. The helmet is in excellent original condition! All the original hardware is intact. The breastplate does have a fitting for a bailout bottle directly above the Yokohama tag. This model is a very impressive helmet, especially when on display. Probably one of the nicest examples we have ever seen! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

1969 General Aquadyne AH-2 Helmet 

Classic late 1960’s helmet from General Aquadyne of Santa Barbara, CA. This is a model AH-2 that is complete along with original jockstrap. This black fiberglass body is in fine original condition but was certainly used, showing plenty of working marks. Serial #159, the helmet is complete with the black still having nice color. The jockstrap is necessary for this helmet as it is a positively buoyant model. The diver could move his head but to look sideways require the shoulders to be moved as well. These helmets are not seen very often anymore and are a great representation of one of the early fiberglass hats of the 1960’s! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

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Advanced Diving Swindell Model 2000!

George Swindell invented this early fiberglass helmet which would later go on to be made by Advanced Diving Systems. This helmet has been used, but is still in very good condition. The helmet comes with the matching neck dam. As with any helmet of this vintage, the rubber is presentable but has lost some of its original flexibility. The blue fiberglass body does have the typical numerous working scratches as well as the front windows. The back of the helmet has a large Dive Tech International decal on it. The Model 2000 Swindell is a great helmet to display as a transition helmet from cooper / brass to fiberglass. Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

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Craftsweld 12 Bolt Commercial Dive Suit!

Do you have a vintage A. Schrader’s Son or Craftsweld diving helmet? If so, this is a rare opportunity to own a matching 12 bolt diving dress! Starting in the 1950’s Craftsweld purchased the A. Schrader’s Son company who was then owned by Scovill. This is a very difficult to find diving dress that is in excellent condition. It difficult to tell if it was ever used or not. While the original stamping is quite faded, it does have the Craftsweld name on the inside collar. While the suits for the Mark V were made in the tens of thousands and are even quite difficult to find in good condition, a stamped commercial diving dress like this is nearly non-existent. The canvas and rubber are not dry. We are selling this as a display only and not a usable suit. Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

SOLD!
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Antique & Vintage Diving Helmets Sold Archive Page 7

As notable antique diving helmets are sold we have decided to list a photo, brief description and at times

a video on the helmet. Many of the antique helmets we sell are quite interesting or rarely seen, so having

this archive as a service to our customers will hopefully help your research and inspiration for future

additions to your collection!  Would you like to be notified when future antique diving helmets are for

sale? Please join our client list!

Do you have a antique diving helmet like one shown on this page? We are always interesting in hearing

about yours, please call / text 316-371-1828 or email helmets@nationsattic.com 

SOLD!

Model 2000 Swindell w/ Breastplate!  

One of the very first “modern” diving helmets made of fiberglass, the Advanced Diving Systems Model 2000 invented by George Swindell! Made in Gretna, Louisiana a large majority of these helmets utilized a neck dam. A minority of them were ordered with the optional breasplate - like this one. This helmet was certainly well used but not abused. The blue fiberglass body is free of any cracks, but the surface shows signs of years of use. The old foam inside the helmet is deteriorating, but for display purposes it’s of little consequence. The breastplate is in very good original condition with all 12 acorn nuts and brails present. The black painted body of the breastplate looks quite nice with the dark blue bonnet. Would make a worthwhile restoration project or can be display as is showing off its many jobs accomplished. Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

SOLD!

Yokohama Mixed Gas Helmet!

Considered the apex of hard hat helmets for extreme deep dives. This example of a earlier Yokohama mixed gas helmet features a hand formed bonnet, Kepner check valve and retains a Sodasorb canister! It also has both of its original “t” wrenches, one for the wing nuts and one for the inner canister. The helmet is in excellent original condition! All the original hardware is intact. The breastplate does have a fitting for a bailout bottle directly above the Yokohama tag. This model is a very impressive helmet, especially when on display. Probably one of the nicest examples we have ever seen! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

Very Early Ratcliffe “Rat Hat”

Bob Ratcliffe is world famous among divers for his helmet

creation - the Rat Hat! While living in a trailer behind the World

Wide Divers shop in Morgan City, CA he made the very first

prototype Rat Hat. The helmet performed so well others in the

industry wanted one. Four initial helmets were made, which

then started him on the path of manufacturing.

This helmet was presented to the diver Woody Treen in Santa

Barbara around 1967 as #1! The top handle and Kirby Morgan

side valve had been added since it’s initial construction. The

helmet itself is in very good condition with relatively light signs

of use. The neck ring separates and locks into place with ease.

Worthy of any collection or museum, this truly is a special

fiberglass helmet!

Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this!    helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

SOLD! SOLD!

Amazing TOA Diving Apparatus Helmet!

This is without a doubt the nicest TOA Diving Apparatus Company helmet we have ever seen! Just look at the photo to the right - it looks like this helmet has never seen a day of work in its life. The helmet is a standard 3 light 12 bolt model with tinning on the copper body. The ID plate, like the rest of the helmet, is in wonderful condition. The TOA plate is all in English, indicating it was made for a customer outside Japan. A fine Japanese helmet should be part of any collection and this one is a magnificent example! Contact us for more photos of this beauty! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

Unusual 3 Bolt / 12 Bolt Russian Helmet!

Russian diving helmets made after WWII fit a typical 3 bolt pattern for the most part. A small percentage of helmets were made with both the 3 bolt and 12 bolt patterns though - like this beautiful example! This style of helmet was made so the helmet could be used like any other 3 bolt helmet or used with a 12 bolt pattern suit. Unlike a vast majority of Russian helmets, the 12 wing nuts with brails along the outside edge of the breastplate are rarely seen. This helmet was made in 1992, during a very turbulent time as the newly formed Russian was taking hold. It’s quite possible this helmet was never used as it is in amazing original condition! All the hardware is present and the helmet is free of any noticeable dents.  Perfect display piece or after certification, ready to use! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

SOLD!

1969 General Aquadyne AH-2 Helmet 

Classic late 1960’s helmet from General Aquadyne of Santa Barbara, CA. This is a model AH-2 that is complete along with original jockstrap. This black fiberglass body is in fine original condition but was certainly used, showing plenty of working marks. Serial #159, the helmet is complete with the black still having nice color The jockstrap is necessary for this helmet as it is a positively buoyant model. The diver could move his head but to look sideways require the shoulders to be moved as well. These helmets are not seen very often anymore and are a great representation of one of the early fiberglass hats of the 1960’s! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

© 2018 Nations Attic
Call or Text Us At 1-316-371-1828   Email helmets@nationsattic.com

Antique & Vintage Diving Helmets

Sold Archive Page 7

As notable antique diving helmets are sold we have

decided to list a photo, brief description and at

times a video on the helmet. Many of the antique

helmets we sell are quite interesting or rarely seen,

so having this archive as a service to our customers

will hopefully help your research and inspiration

for future additions to your collection!  Would you

like to be notified when future antique diving

helmets are for sale? Please join our client list!

Do you have a antique diving helmet like one

shown on this page? We are always interesting in

hearing about yours, please call / text 316-371-1828 

or email helmets@nationsattic.com