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!

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

                 

SOLD!

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

                 

SOLD!

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!

1945 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet - Diving Equipment & Salvage Co.

As collectors we have all day dreamed about finding that elusive antique hidden away for decades. Opening the old box and

discovering that not only have you found something special, but it’s also in original untouched condition! That’s the very feeling

we had when this helmet was found peaking out of a box and the distinctive original tinning and a “red diver” painted diamond on

top was visible! What was discovered is a magnificent time capsule of a Mark V diving helmet used by the US Navy and then put

away in nearly new condition.

When the Mark V was made for the US Navy at the Diving Equipment & Salvage Company (DESCO) factory, all of them were “tinned”. This gray coating over the copper body prevented salt water corrosion. From constant use in many cases this tinning is worn off the helmets, exposing the spun copper body. In the 21st Century it is now very difficult to find a World War 2 dated helmet with a majority of it’s original tinning still intact.  With that in mind we were astounded when we found this one with essentially all of its tinning still remaining - a US Navy inspection stamp on the ID plate, a communications speaker and wire hooked up and “red diver” paint on the bonnet and ID plate! We could go on and on about all the great details and originality this helmet has, but we will try and keep it concise. The helmet is serial #’s matching, all the original glass is intact, brass hardware intact, tinning is 99%, air vents inside bonnet, etc. There is a US Navy inspection stamp on the ID plate. There is also a speaker (reproducer) with Navy inspection stamp & wiring inside the bonnet. The communications fitting has a cap on it to protect the wiring hookup. Without a doubt this helmet was in US Navy inventory during WWII, probably was on a ship with multiple divers, was used a little and then put away for decades until being found by Nations Attic in 2018. All these wonderful details will be included in a detailed certificate of authenticity that will accompany the 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!

1945 US Navy Mixed Gas Mark V - aka “The Widow Maker”

SOLD Video Below!

Earliest Mixed Gas Mark V We Have Found - US Navy Inspection Stamp Present!

Without a doubt among US helmets, the Mark V is by far the most popular among collectors around the world. Over the years we

have found a number of rare and unique examples of this famed helmet. Out of those, the most valuable and historical significant

Mark V type is the mixed gas or helium model. Many people are not even aware of is this model existence and it’s place in extreme

deep diving history. While the Mark V is an imposing and impressive helmet - the helium's are monsters! These historic Mark V's are

not only visually impressive - they have an amazing history behind their creation and use.

First used in actual practice in 1939 these mixed gas helmets were initially utilized for deep water rescue operations- specifically the

USS Squalus (SS-192). If you have never read about the USS Squalus and the rescue of the the crew and boat, then by all means

do! While many of the divers utilized the standard Mark V, some were equipped with then experimental mixed gas Mark V's. The

photo above actually shows a diver with a mixed gas Mark V during salvage operations of the USS Squalus. The photo is from

September 1939 on board the USS Falcon.

After the success of the USS Squalus salvage the Navy ordered (in limited numbers) a standardized "helium" Mark V for the rare

extreme deep water jobs. The helmet would go on revolutionize the way divers worked at depths of 500 feet and more. Into the

1950's the design was modified slightly by the US Navy. During the early 1960’s divers like Murray Black of DIVCON & Bob Kirby of

Associated Divers adapted and improved upon the technology to create their own successful helmets for extreme deep water divers

in the oil exploration business. The US Navy would continue to use the helium Mark V into the 1980's.

The large brass canister on the back of the helmet contained a chemical called Shell Natron which would help scrub Co2. However,

if any water came into contact with the Shell Natron, Chlorine gas was produced - severely injuring or killing the diver - hence the

name "widow maker" given to this helmet by some divers. These special Mark V helium helmets were very expensive to produce

and generally only the US Navy ordered them. Over the years the precious few of these we have found all dated to the 1970's with

one from 1959.

This full serial #'s matching helmet was made and inspected by the US Navy on 11-9-1945. This helmet was made by Diving

Equipment & Salvage Co (DESCO). The helmet is complete and serial #'s matching! DESCO actually placed the serial # on the ID

plate, inside & outside neck ring and the brass canister. In addition - the ID plate has a US Navy inspection stamp - showing it was

inspected and put into the US Navy inventory. All fitting caps are present and inside a speaker (reproducer) is present, also having

a Navy inspection stamp on it.

The helmet will also come with an original 1943 US Navy diving manual. It was the first updated manual since 1924. The primary

reason for the update was the mixed gas Mark V! Also, a copy of The Journal of Diving History - The Salvage of the USS Squalus

70th Anniversary issue from 2009 will be included. This publication from the HDS and the original 1943 dive manual will provide

you with the rare historical background and information on the early use of the mixed gas Mark V. Lastly, this special, historic and

rare helmet will come with a detailed Certificate of Authenticity from Nation's Attic.

Just imagine the missions and depths of the ocean this helmet witnessed!

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
Nation's Attic Antique Helmets Logo

Call or Text Us At 316-371-1828 or 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 

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

                 

1945 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet -

Diving Equipment & Salvage Co.

When the Mark V was made for the US Navy at the Diving

Equipment & Salvage Company (DESCO) factory, all of them

were “tinned”. This gray coating over the copper body prevented

salt water corrosion. From constant use in many cases this

tinning is worn off the helmets, exposing the spun copper body.

In the 21st Century it is now very difficult to find a World War 2

dated helmet with a majority of it’s original tinning still intact. 

With that in mind we were astounded when we found this one

with essentially all of its tinning still remaining - a US Navy

inspection stamp on the ID plate, a communications speaker and

wire hooked up and “red diver” paint on the bonnet and ID

plate!

The helmet is serial #’s matching, all the original glass is intact, brass hardware intact, tinning is 99%, air vents inside bonnet, etc. There is a US Navy inspection stamp on the ID plate. There is also a speaker with Navy inspection stamp & wiring inside the bonnet. The communications fitting has a cap on it to protect the wiring hookup. Without a doubt this helmet was in US Navy inventory during WWII, probably was on a ship with multiple divers, was used a little and then put away for decades until being found by Nations Attic in 2018. 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! SOLD! Video Below!

1945 US Navy Mixed Gas Mark V

aka “The Widow Maker”

Earliest Mixed Gas Mark V We Have Found

Without a doubt among US helmets, the Mark V is by far the most

popular among collectors around the world. Over the years we

have found a number of rare and unique examples of this famed

helmet. Out of those, the most valuable and historical significant

Mark V type is the mixed gas or helium model. Many people are not

even aware of is this model existence and it’s place in extreme

deep diving history. While the Mark V is an imposing and impressive

helmet - the helium's are monsters! These historic Mark V's are not

only visually impressive - they have an amazing history behind their

creation and use.

First used in actual practice in 1939 these mixed gas helmets were

initially utilized for deep water rescue operations- specifically the

USS Squalus (SS-192). If you have never read about the USS

Squalus and the rescue of the the crew and boat, then by all means

do! While many of the divers utilized the standard Mark V, some

were equipped with then experimental mixed gas Mark V's. The

photo above actually shows a diver with a mixed gas Mark V during

salvage operations of the USS Squalus. The photo is from

September 1939 on board the USS Falcon.

After the success of the USS Squalus salvage the Navy ordered (in

limited numbers) a standardized "helium" Mark V for the rare

extreme deep water jobs. The helmet would go on revolutionize the

way divers worked at depths of 500 feet and more. Into the 1950's

the design was modified slightly by the US Navy. During the early

1960’s divers like Murray Black of DIVCON & Bob Kirby of

Associated Divers adapted and improved upon the technology to

create their own successful helmets for extreme deep water divers

in the oil exploration business. The US Navy would continue to use

the helium Mark V into the 1980's.

The large brass canister on the back of the helmet contained a

chemical called Shell Natron which would help scrub Co2. However,

if any water came into contact with the Shell Natron, Chlorine gas

was produced - severely injuring or killing the diver - hence the

name "widow maker" given to this helmet by some divers. These

special Mark V helium helmets were very expensive to produce and

generally only the US Navy ordered them. Over the years the

precious few of these we have found all dated to the 1970's with

one from 1959.

This full serial #'s matching helmet was made and inspected by the

US Navy on 11-9-1945. This helmet was made by Diving Equipment

& Salvage Co (DESCO). The helmet is complete and serial #'s

matching! DESCO actually placed the serial # on the ID plate,

inside & outside neck ring and the brass canister. In addition - the

ID plate has a US Navy inspection stamp - showing it was inspected

and put into the US Navy inventory. All fitting caps are present and

inside a speaker (reproducer) is present, also having a Navy

inspection stamp on it.

The helmet will also come with an original 1943 US Navy diving

manual. It was the first updated manual since 1924. The primary

reason for the update was the mixed gas Mark V! Also, a copy of

The Journal of Diving History - The Salvage of the USS Squalus

70th Anniversary issue from 2009 will be included. This publication

from the HDS and the original 1943 dive manual will provide you

with the rare historical background and information on the early

use of the mixed gas Mark V. Lastly, this special, historic and rare

helmet will come with a detailed Certificate of Authenticity from

Nation's Attic.

Just imagine the missions and depths of the ocean this helmet

witnessed!

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