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Rare 1930’s A.J. Morse Breast-Plate Air Feed Model w/ Rare Hex Nuts!

When it comes to classic American made diving helmets, the models made by the A.J. Morse & Son company are usually top of the list. Of those helmets, one of the more unique and rarely seen models is the neck feed or breast plate air feed helmets of the early 20th Century. This special model could be ordered from A.J. Morse in the configuration shown above for around $175 during the Great Depression, which is when this specific helmet was made, 1930’s. With research of A.J. Morse catalogs from 1904, 1917 and 1925 we find that this helmet was available in either 3 light or 4 light configurations. Due to the costs and time associated with producing each helmet, a customer would order a model of helmet and then specify which options they wanted. A.J. Morse would the make the helmet per the customers request. This special helmet is a wonderful and rare example of just that occurring. The helmet was ordered with the traditional 3 lights and 12 bolts but rather than having the commonly found wing nuts installed, hex nuts were put on this helmet. Hex nuts were a option in the catalogs but rarely ever ordered as the wing nut style was the accepted norm well before and after the 1930’s. While the reason for the original owners selection is now lost to history, luckily this helmet has survived in this beautiful condition! The helmet is serial #’s matching on the bonnet and breastplate. Three of the brails have the matching #, one is void of a number but is original. The helmet is in excellent complete condition and appears to have been polished decades ago, now giving it a nice patina. Vintage speaker inside the bonnet plus vintage wire still present inside and externally! All the glass is in wonderful condition and present, A.J. Morse marked non-return valve is on air fitting. Overall, just a wonderful investment quality helmet in a unique and rarely seen style! Please view the YouTube video below for additional information. View Video Of This Helmet Below! 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

                 

1900 AJ Morse & Son 5 Bolt - US Navy Mark I Style Diving Helmet! 

100+ Years Old, Very Rare Style, Fantastic Patina - Wonderful Investment!  For the last antique diving helmet offered in 2016 we have this amazing AJ Morse & Son 5 Bolt example! This is not just any antique diving helmet, but one of rarely found design and significant for being a milestone style helmet in US Navy history. This helmet is a 5 bolt pattern with all the characteristic of a US Navy Mark 1. That’s right, this helmets meets the specifications set by the Navy in 1916 as a Mark 1. Wouldn’t it be incredible to have this Mark 1 style helmet sitting next to a Mark V! This helmet was found in New York state and belonged to the same family for generations. The helmet is serial #’s matching top and bottom and all four brails. A wonderful rich patina covers the entire helmet giving it a look that will impress just about everyone. There are twelve wing nuts present but a couple are not AJ Morse and a couple don’t thread on very well, but that’s how the helmet was discovered. All the glass is present, one window is cracked but still solid. The back of the bonnet does have a extra layer of copper added. Also, the communications fitting has been cut off and sealed off - apparently by the last diver who used this helmet. During the early 1900’s communication speakers were not yet standard equipment. While this helmet isn’t in mint unused condition - it’s difficult to expect a helmet of 115+ years of age to be. We guarantee the overall patina of this helmet along with full serial #’s matching state will make this a favorite of any collection or a treasured single piece in any office or home. We have produced a video detailing this amazing helmet below.  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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Antique Diving Helmet Archive Pages As a service to our customers we have placed many of the helmets we have sold in the past on archive pages on this site. You can start on Page 1 here or below you can choose which of the many antique diving helmet archive page you wish to visit. If you see a helmet we have sold in the past and wish to purchase one like it, please let us know; helmets@nationsattic.com  Archive Page 2 / Page 3 / Page 4

NOS Mark V Helmet Transceiver (Speaker)!

We had the luck of finding a new old stock Mark V diving helmet transceiver or speaker! After WWII lots of equipment was sold as surplus by the US Government. One of the largest resellers of diving equipment was M&E Marine Supply Company in Camden, NJ. We have a copy of their catalog from 1950 showing these for sale at $8.95 each! While this one in it’s original M&E packaging is a little more now in the 21st Century, it’s still a rare and great buy! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828
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1944 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet - Miller Dunn - #917! 

Only A Small # of Mark V Miller Dunn Helmets Were Made During WWII - One Of The Last Made!  During the entire run of production of the Mark V for the US Government, there were only 4 manufactures of the Mark V. Of those four, there is one that very elusive to find and almost mythical to collectors - the Miller Dunn Mark V’s! During World War 2 the Miller Dunn Company in Miami, FL received a relatively very small contract to make a batch of Mark V’s - it is believed 1200. This rare examples is one of the last made in the entire run - #917 This Mark V is showing off all its brass hardware and copy body - which many people really prefer over the gray look. If you are going to have just 1 Mark V, visitors and fellow collectors really are impressive with the exposed metal elements! This rare Mark V is complete with all four brails, 12 wing nuts and other hardware. The bonnet and breastplate are serial #’s matching. It is interesting to note that the brails are all actually #920. Undoubtedly this helmet was in use among other Miller Dunn Mark V’s during WWII and one day the brails were mixed up. Being so close & all the same number we wouldn’t consider this a negative, just evidence of it’s history. We have produced a video detailing this amazing helmet below. This Mark V is without a doubt a rare example that will only appreciate in value of the years like a fine wine. 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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Morse Shallow Water Pump - No. 15

Fantastic original Morse Diving Company shallow water No. 15 air pump. These were sold with the Morse shallow water diving helmets of the late 1930’s and during WWII. These are a lot more heavy duty than the Miller Dunn pumps of the same era. These also do not appear often either - great piece next to a helmet!   helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828
NOS Diving Suit - Original Box 1951! Wow! This is an original unused diving dress in the original box shipped to the US Army in 1952. The suit is wrapped in a rather unique bag inside and still has brass hardware that accompanied it. This is a light weight style suit, not the Mark V type. Unused - Very unique opportunity!
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What’s For Sale! 

Updated 1-9-2017 Nation’s Attic will update this page as helmets are bought and sold. Due to the rarity of most helmets we handle, we will generally not have a large inventory in stock. We do maintain a customer wanted list. If you would like to be added to this list and be notified FIRST when helmets are found, please fill out our online form. You may also bookmark this page and check back regularly, as we do update this page anytime helmets are bought and sold. If you are on Facebook, please “like us”. We update our Facebook page with photos of helmets and other interesting things. Call / Text 1-316-371-1828 helmets@nationsattic.com 
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1944 Mark V Canvas Diving Dress - Near Brand New Condition!

On occasion we will turn up the original canvas diving suit’s or dresses. In almost every occasion they have been used with lots of evidence visible. In this case - we have probably one of the finest Mark V suits we have ever seen! This suit appears to have never been in the water! It was made by the United States Rubber Co in April of 1944 and is a size 3. While there is some very minor aging, with a good cleaning this suit would be a perfect example for display! All the rubber is in excellent condition and the laces are still intact! Finding a vintage WWII suit is unusual - finding one this nice is down right rare!  helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828
SOLD! Helmet Collection Coming In January!
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What’s For Sale! 

Updated 1-9-2017 Nation’s Attic will update this page as helmets are bought and sold. Due to the rarity of most helmets we handle, we will generally not have a large inventory in stock. We do maintain a customer wanted list. If you would like to be added to this list and be notified when something specific becomes available, please fill out our online form. You may also bookmark this page and check back regularly, as we do update this page anytime helmets are bought and sold. If you are on Facebook, please “like us”. We update our Facebook page with photos of helmets and other interesting things regularly. Lastly, our desktop version of this site is larger with additional photos and information. Call / Text 1-316-371-1828 helmets@nationsattic.com 

Rare 1930’s A.J. Morse Breast-Plate

Air Feed Model w/ Rare Hex Nuts!

When it comes to classic American made diving helmets, the models made by the A.J. Morse & Son company are usually top of the list. Of those helmets, one of the more unique and rarely seen models is the neck feed or breast plate air feed helmets of the early 20th Century. This special model could be ordered from A.J. Morse in the configuration shown above for around $175 during the Great Depression, which is when this specific helmet was made, 1930’s. With research of A.J. Morse catalogs from 1904, 1917 and 1925 we find that this helmet was available in either 3 light or 4 light configurations. Due to the costs and time associated with producing each helmet, a customer would order a model of helmet and then specify which options they wanted. A.J. Morse would the make the helmet per the customers request. This special helmet is a wonderful and rare example of just that occurring. The helmet was ordered with the traditional 3 lights and 12 bolts but rather than having the commonly found wing nuts installed, hex nuts were put on this helmet. Hex nuts were a option in the catalogs but rarely ever ordered as the wing nut style was the accepted norm well before and after the 1930’s. While the reason for the original owners selection is now lost to history, luckily this helmet has survived in this beautiful condition! The helmet is serial #’s matching on the bonnet and breastplate. Three of the brails have the matching #, one is void of a number but is original. The helmet is in excellent complete condition and appears to have been polished decades ago, now giving it a nice patina. Vintage speaker inside the bonnet plus vintage wire still present inside and externally! All the glass is in wonderful condition and present, A.J. Morse marked non-return valve is on air fitting. Overall, just a wonderful investment quality helmet in a unique and rarely seen style! Please view the YouTube video below for additional information. View Video Of This Helmet Below! 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 

1900 AJ Morse 5 Bolt - US Navy Mark

I Style Helmet - Rare!

100+ Years Old - Rare Style - Fantastic Patina!  For the last antique diving helmet offered in 2016 we have this amazing AJ Morse & Son 5 Bolt example! This is not just any antique diving helmet, but one of rarely found design and significant for being a milestone style helmet in US Navy history. This helmet is a 5 bolt pattern with all the characteristic of a US Navy Mark 1. That’s right, this helmets meets the specifications set by the Navy in 1916 as a Mark 1. Wouldn’t it be incredible to have this Mark 1 style helmet sitting next to a Mark V! This helmet was found in New York state and belonged to the same family for generations. The helmet is serial #’s matching top and bottom and all four brails. A wonderful rich patina covers the entire helmet giving it a look that will impress just about everyone. There are twelve wing nuts present but a couple are not AJ Morse and a couple don’t thread on very well, but that’s how the helmet was discovered. All the glass is present, one window is cracked but still solid. The back of the bonnet does have a extra layer of copper added around the air fitting. Also, the communications fitting has been cut and sealed off - apparently by the last diver who used this helmet. During the early 1900’s communication speakers were not yet standard equipment. While this helmet isn’t in mint unused condition - it’s difficult to expect a helmet of 115+ years of age to be. We guarantee the overall patina of this helmet along with full serial #’s matching state will make this a favorite of any collection or a treasured single piece in any office or home. We have produced a video detailing this amazing helmet below. 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

                 

 1944 Mark V - Miller Dunn - #917! 

One Of The Last Miller Dunn Mark V’s Made!  During the entire run of production of the Mark V for the US Government, there were only 4 manufactures of the Mark V. Of those four, there is one that very elusive to find and almost mythical to collectors - the Miller Dunn Mark V’s! During World War 2 the Miller Dunn Company in Miami, FL received a relatively very small contract to make a batch of Mark V’s - it is believed 1200. This rare examples is one of the last made in the entire run - #917 This Mark V is showing off all its brass hardware and copy body - which many people really prefer over the gray look. If you are going to have just 1 Mark V, visitors and fellow collectors really are impressive with the exposed metal elements! This rare Mark V is complete with all four brails, 12 wing nuts and other hardware. The bonnet and breastplate are serial #’s matching. It is interesting to note that the brails are all actually #920. Undoubtedly this helmet was in use among other Miller Dunn Mark V’s during WWII and one day the brails were mixed up. Being so close & all the same number we wouldn’t consider this a negative, just evidence of it’s history. We have produced a video detailing this amazing helmet below. This Mark V is without a doubt a rare example that will only appreciate in value of the years like a fine wine. 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

                

Antique Diving Helmet Archive Pages As a service to our customers we have placed many of the helmets we have sold in the past on archive pages on this site. You can start on Page 1 here or below you can choose which of the many antique diving helmet archive page you wish to visit. If you see a helmet we have sold in the past and wish to purchase one like it, please let us know; helmets@nationsattic.com  Archive Page 2 / Page 3 / Page 4

Morse Shallow Water Pump - No. 15

Fantastic original Morse Diving Company shallow water No. 15 air pump. These were sold with the Morse shallow water diving helmets of the late 1930’s and during WWII. These are a lot more heavy duty than the Miller Dunn pumps of the same era. These also do not appear often either - great piece next to a helmet!   helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

Mark V Helmet Transceiver (Speaker)

We had the luck of finding a new old stock Mark V diving helmet transceiver or speaker! After WWII lots of equipment was sold as surplus by the US Government. One of the largest resellers of diving equipment was M&E Marine Supply Company in Camden, NJ. We have a copy of their catalog from 1950 showing these for sale at $8.95 each! While this one in it’s original M&E packaging is a little more now in the 21st Century, it’s still a rare and great buy! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828
Brand New BTE Hose Clamps w/ Box! Original M&E Marine Supply box postmarked 1963! The box is filled with probable WWII NOS surplus BTE brass hose clamps. Really a rare and wonderful find! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828  
NOS Schrader Air Control Valve! Never seen one in the original box from WWII before! Navy inspection stamp on box and part - very rare! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828  
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1944 Mark V Canvas Diving Dress -

Near Brand New Condition!

On occasion we will turn up the original canvas diving suit’s or dresses. In almost every occasion they have been used with lots of evidence visible. In this case - we have probably one of the finest Mark V suits we have ever seen! This suit appears to have never been in the water! It was made by the United States Rubber Co in April of 1944 and is a size 3. While there is some very minor aging, with a good cleaning this suit would be a perfect example for display! All the rubber is in excellent condition and the laces are still intact! Finding a vintage WWII suit is unusual - finding one this nice is down right rare!  helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828
Helmet Collection Coming In January!