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Diving Helmets For Sale

Updated 11-21-2017 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 

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

                 

Chinese Model TF-12 Diving Helmet!

This is what appears to be a new old stock or never used 3 light 12 bolt helmet made in China. This model called the TF-12, refers to the 12 bolts on the breastplate as opposed to a TF-3 with 3 bolts at the neck ring. These helmets are essentially copies of Japanese helmets which where in turn copied from the classic English Siebe Gorman helmet of similar configuration. While we are not 100% sure, it appears this helmet was made in 2000, which would make it’s like new status almost certain. Over the years these helmets have increased in value quite a bit. From a few hundred dollars initially to thousands today, they are an attractive option. In addition, acquiring such a nice example as this is getting more difficult with current political tensions as well. 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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Japanese Fisheries Diving Helmet!

This is what appears to be a new old stock or never used 3 light 12 bolt fisheries helmet made in Japan. It appears the helmet never had an ID tag as the tinning finish on both the bonnet and breastplate are in excellent condition. The brails do have what appears to be Japanese text on them (shown below). In terms of a display piece - they do not get much nicer than this one. Really a beautiful 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

                 

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Rare Morse Diving Equipment Commercial Diving

Helmet - All Original & #’s Matching!

It’s always interesting to discover a unique helmet that we have never seen before - like this amazing all original Morse Diving Equipment helmet! One of the first rarely seen features of this one is the ID plate, which is shown below. This type of Morse tag was being used in the 1960’s and into the early 1970’s. During this time the company changed ownership and move to Rockland, MA. After the move Morse still had some of these tags which say Boston, Mass on them. Rather than dispose of them, they were used and the serial # on the helmets started with RO. In this case the serial # RO22. This rarely seen ID plate and serial number date this helmet to the early 1970’s - which actually saw very low numbers of commercial diving helmets being made. At first glance this helmet actually looks like many we have handled that date to the 1920’s and 1930’s. The helmet is in wonderful condition and has a patina seldom seen in helmets. The original tinning looks great as well as all the hardware and glass. The helmet was certainly used and does have a few very minor working dents on the very top, but nothing objectionable. The screw on front face plate and horizontal side windows are the visually element that make this helmet a timeless classic - undoubtedly what the diver who ordered this helmet originally must have thought when he unpacked it for the first time! While this one is not the oldest Morse helmet, it’s one of the rarer and nicest ones we have 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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1930’s A.J. Morse & Son Helmet Breastplate!

It’s not often we turn up just half of a helmet! In this case we have the lower half or breastplate of a classic A.J. Morse & Son commercial diving helmet. This breastplate dates to the 1930’s based on it’s serial number. That number is located at the neck ring and also on all four brails. A very good percentage of the original tinning is remaining. There is 1 wing nut missing, everything else including the vintage gasket is still intact. There a dumbbell safety latch made by BTE that is partially coming off the back. For display purposes it’s just fine though. If you have the top half of a antique Morse helmet - then it’s your lucky day! While many top sections of these helmets were saved, rarely does a nice original breastplate turn-up. 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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1943 Schrader US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet! 

Probably the most popular model of diving helmet ever - the Mark V! This helmet was made in May of 1943 by the A. Schrader’s Son in Brooklyn, NY. The helmet has a wonderful patina that is unmistakable among truly used original helmets. This helmet is serial #’s matching at both neck rings and the four brails. There is a US Navy inspection stamp on the bonnet as well! This stamp is proof the US Navy inspected and accepted this helmet into their inventory in mid-1943. This original Mark V is completed with all its wing nuts, brails and glass. It does exhibit the usual working dents associated with a used helmet from WWII. The communications fitting is pushed in slightly on the back. 100% authentic serial #’s matching examples with the US Navy stamp are always desirable and continue to increase in price every year! 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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Classic US Navy Mark V Diving Knife - Morse Diving Equipment!

This is the classic and difficult to find US Navy standard divers knife! This one is clearly marked Morse Diving Equipment; Boston, Mass. The knife itself is in good condition and appears to have been used lightly. The color variation in the photo is from shadows. The blade does have some very minor pitting and spots though. Wood handle in great condition as well as the brass case. 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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1970 Soviet 3 Bolt Factory #28 Diving Helmet! 

Here is a classic Soviet or Russian diving helmet from the height of the Cold War - 1970. The helmet was made at factory #28 located in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). This factory was where all helmets were made in Russian from 1963 till 2000.  This helmet is a 3 bolt model referred to as a UVS50m. It has a classic and simple design that features 3 bolts at the neck ring. The bolts seal the bonnet and breastplate together with a large gasket in between. The helmet is in very good condition with signs of light use - minor working dents. The glass is all intact as well as hardware. The top handle has a very slight bend to the right. Overall, it is a great example of the classic diving equipment used by the divers behind the Iron Curtain!  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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Classic Yokohama 4 Light 12 Bolt w/ History!

This is a fantastic 1960’s era Yokohama air hat! Not only is the helmet an early style based on a Bob Kirby design, but the helmet was used for years by a noted commercial diver and consignor of this collection. The helmet simply exudes the nature of commercial diving in our opinion. The helmet was used extensively but was well taken care of. The typical shallow working dents are present, giving this hat a patina usually only seen on much older helmets. The helmet features a Johnson double exhaust valve modification, Kepner non-return valve, Marsh Marine communication connector, breastplate exhaust for state decompression and overhead ship work. Simply put, this helmet was used by a master diver and was modified as such. This beautiful original example would make a wonderful addition to any collection. The COA with this helmet will detail the divers information. 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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Bob Ratcliffe “Rat Hat” - Nice Complete Original

Bob Ratcliffe in the 1960’s would invent and manufacturer the world famous Rat Hat. As president of Ocean Development Corporation he would make these special helmet for divers around the world. Today these helmets are now being recognized for their special place in commercial diving history. The helmets are also gaining in collector appeal as well with values closing in and in some cases eclipsing the copper and brass helmets of earlier years.  This dark orange example is a fine used original. It is complete with neck ring present. As with any 1960’s era helmet, the foam and padding on the inside certainly need replaced if ever used again. The orange paint has all the usual scratches and chips associated with a helmet used for years. Regardless if you decide to keep it as is or restore it - this helmet will only increase in value in the coming years. 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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Early Kirby Morgan Style Yokohama Helmet!

During the mid-1960’s Kirby Morgan was just getting started with their high quality copper / brass helmets. Also during that time the Yokohama company decided they would make a very similar helmet. After the two companies resolved the issue, Kirby Morgan gave Yokohama the rights to sell this very design. This specific helmet is a wonderful and rarely seen early Yokohama helmet based on the Kirby Morgan design. Features such as the enclosed air and communications box on the back and large acrylic windows are the visual clues. The helmet does feature a Yokohama tag as well as their name on the brails. All of the hardware is present. There is a carry handle on the right side window. It is attached via a stainless steel band that can be removed if so desired. The typical working dents are on the bonnet, but nothing severe. One of the rear brails is broken but can be repaired fairly easily. Overall, this is really a jewel of an original 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

                 

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1960’s Bob Ratcliffe Rat Hat w/ Rare Dry Suit Ring! 

Bob Ratcliffe in the 1960’s would invent and manufacturer the world famous Rat Hat. As president of Ocean Development Corporation he would make these special helmets for divers around the world. Today these helmets are now being recognized for their special place in commercial diving history. The helmets are also gaining in collector appeal as well with values closing in and in some cases eclipsing the copper and brass helmets of earlier years.  This Rat Hat is blue in color with a very seldom seen dry suit ring. The helmet was certainly used and still has a Pile Drivers No. 34 union decal on one side. The blue fiberglass body is still in solid condition but has lots of scratches from honest use over the years. Regardless if you decide to keep it as is or restore it - this helmet will only increase in value in the coming years. 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 Rare Alfred Hale Neck Feed Helmet 1800’s!

One of the most prized types of helmets among 19th Century US diving helmet collectors is an Alfred Hale neck feed! This helmet is truly a special piece of of diving history that does not come up often or at all! This helmet was found in a very small town on the Illinois / Wisconsin border. There, the helmet has been used as a display or decor in a butchers shop for decades. The shop somehow got the helmet after it had been used by the city of Chicago, IL. We will have a COA with this provenance included. The helmet itself is in original untouched condition. While it does have some issues in terms of condition, all of those can be restored if so desired. The bonnet & breastplate are no doubt original to each other. Front neck ring clamps are present as well as air fitting at the back of the breast plate. Glass is intact at all three windows. The helmet does have two small holes at the top of the bonnet and one on the front bottom edge of the breastplate. Two of the wing nuts and two small window guard bars are missing. The original Alfred Hale & Co; Boston stamp is clear on the breastplate. There is a crease on the back of the breastplate that could be restored. The bonnet has a few working dents, but nothing severe. This helmet could be kept just as it is, lightly restored or given a full restoration so its full brilliance could be appreciated. As a piece of US history, Boston, MA history and diving history this helmet is certainly worthy of any collection of museum! Please feel free to contact us regarding additional photos and details. 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

                 

1941 Schrader Mark V Air Control Valve “Whip” w/ Navy Inspection Stamp!

These are always difficult to find - especially ones that are dated, have a makers name and have the US Navy stamp on them! This air control valve looks like it was used during the war and then put away just as you see it. The valve is stamped Schrader with a US Navy inspection stamp below it. The rubber hose is clearly marked United States Rubber with a date of 12-41. If you have a Mark V and want to add that final touch to the display - here is your chance to own a great example! 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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Updated 11-21-2017 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 
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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

                 

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 example has been used but 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

                 

Chinese Model TF-12 Diving Helmet!

This is what appears to be a new old stock or never used 3 light 12 bolt helmet made in China. This model called the TF-12, referes to the 12 bolts on the breastplate as opposed to a TF-3 with 3 bolts at the neck ring. This helmets are essentially copies of Japanese helmets which where in turn copied from the classic English Siebe Gorman helmet of similar configuration. While we are not 100% sure, it appears this helmet was made in 2000, which would make it’s like new status almost certain. Over the years these helmets have increased in value quite a bit. From a few hundred dollars initially to thousands today, they are an attractive option. In addition, acquiring such a nice example as this is getting more difficult with current political tensions as well. 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

                 

Japanese Fisheries Diving Helmet!

This is what appears to be a new old stock or never used 3 light 12 bolt fisheries helmet made in Japan. It appears the helmet never had a ID tag as the tinning finish on both the bonnet and breastplate are in excellent condition. The brails do have what appears to be Japanese text on them (shown below). In terms of a display piece - they do not get much nicer than this one. Really a beautiful 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

                 

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1943 Schrader Navy Mark V Diving Helmet! 

Probably the most popular model of diving helmet ever - the Mark V! This helmet was made in May of 1943 by the A. Schrader’s Son in Brooklyn, NY. The helmet has a wonderful patina that is unmistakable among truly used original helmets. This helmet is serial #’s matching at both neck rings and the four brails. There is a US Navy inspection stamp on the bonnet as well! This stamp is proof the US Navy inspected and accepted this helmet into their inventory in mid-1943. This original Mark V is completed with all its wing nuts, brails and glass. It does exhibit the usual working dents associated with a used helmet from WWII. The communications fitting is pushed in slightly on the back. 100% authentic serial #’s matching examples with the US Navy stamp are always desirable and continue to increase in price every year! 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

                 

Morse Commercial Helmet #’s Matching!

It’s always interesting to discover a unique helmet that we have never seen before - like this amazing all original Morse Diving Equipment helmet! This helmet features a type of Morse tag was being used in the 1960’s and into the early 1970’s. During this time the company changed ownership and move to Rockland, MA. After the move Morse still had some of these tags which say Boston, Mass on them. Rather than dispose of them, they were used and the serial # on the helmets started with RO. In this case the serial # RO22. This rarely seen ID plate and serial # date this helmet to the early 1970’s - which actually saw very low numbers of commercial diving helmets being made. At first glance this helmet actually looks like many we have handled that date to the 1920’s and 1930’s. The helmet is in wonderful condition and has a patina seldom seen. The original tinning looks great as well as all the hardware and glass. The helmet was certainly used and does have a few very minor working dents on the very top, but nothing objectionable. The screw on front face plate and horizontal side windows are the visually element that make this helmet a timeless classic - undoubtedly what the diver who ordered this helmet originally must have thought when he unpacked it for the first time! 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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1930’s A.J. Morse & Son Helmet Breastplate!

It’s not often we turn up just half of a helmet! In this case we have the lower half or breastplate of a classic A.J. Morse & Son commercial diving helmet. This breastplate dates to the 1930’s based on it’s serial number. That number is located at the neck ring and also on all four brails. A very good percentage of the original tinning is remaining. There is 1 wing nut missing, everything else including the vintage gasket is still intact. There a dumbbell safety latch made by BTE that is partially coming off the back. For display purposes it’s just fine though. If you have the top half of a antique Morse helmet - then it’s your lucky day! While many top sections of these helmets were saved, rarely does a nice original breastplate turn-up. 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

                 

Classic US Navy Mark V Diving Knife -

Morse Diving Equipment!

This is the classic and difficult to find US Navy standard divers knife! This one is clearly marked Morse Diving Equipment; Boston, Mass. The knife itself is in good condition and appears to have been used lightly. The color variation in the photo is from shadows. The blade does have some very minor pitting and spots though. Wood handle in great condition as well as the brass case. 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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1970 Soviet 3 Bolt Factory #28 Helmet! 

Here is a classic Soviet or Russian diving helmet from the height of the Cold War - 1970. The helmet was made at factory #28 located in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). This factory was where all helmets were made in Russian from 1963 till 2000.  This helmet is a 3 bolt model referred to as a UVS50m. It has a classic and simple design that features 3 bolts at the neck ring. The bolts seal the bonnet and breastplate together with a large gasket in between. The helmet is in very good condition with signs of light use - minor working dents. The glass is all intact as well as hardware. The top handle has a very slight bend to the right. Overall, it is a great example of the classic diving equipment used by the divers behind the Iron Curtain!  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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Yokohama 4 Light 12 Bolt w/ History!

This is a fantastic 1960’s era Yokohama air hat! Not only is the helmet a early style based on a Bob Kirby design, but the helmet was used for years by a noted commercial diver and consignor of this collection. The helmet simply exudes the nature of commercial diving in our opinion. The helmet was used extensively but was well taken care of. The typical shallow working dents are present, giving this hat a patina usually only seen on much older helmets. The helmet features a Johnson double exhaust valve modification, Kepner non-return valve, Marsh Marine communication connector, breastplate exhaust for state decompression and overhead ship work. Simply put, this helmet was used by a master diver and was modified as such. This beautiful original example would make a wonderful addition to any collection. The COA with this helmet will detail the divers information. 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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Early Kirby Style Yokohama Helmet!

During the mid-1960’s Kirby Morgan was just getting started with their high quality copper / brass helmets. Also during that time the Yokohama company decided they would make a very similar helmet. After the two companies resolved the issue, Kirby Morgan gave Yokohama the rights to sell this very design. This specific helmet is a wonderful and rarely seen early Yokohama helmet based on the Kirby Morgan design. Features such as the enclosed air and communications box on the back and large acrylic windows are the visual clues. The helmet does feature a Yokohama tag as well as their name on the brails. All of the hardware is present. There is a carry handle on the right side window. It is attached via a stainless steel band that can be removed if so desired. The typical working dents are on the bonnet, but nothing severe. One of the rear brails is broken, but can be repaired fairly easily. Overall, this is a really a jewel of an original helmet! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com Helmets For Sale Page 2  or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

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