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Miller Dunn Style 3 Shallow Water Helmet - Chromed w/ History!

During WW 2 the US Navy utilized the famed Mark V for its deep water diving jobs. Not every job required this highly specialized and complicated equipment though. For jobs in shallower water such as working on the undersides of ships, a simpler yet just as heavy duty helmet was required. That helmet would predominately be the Divinhood Style 3 made by Miller Dunn of Miami, FL. The Divinhood Style 3 was the US Navy standard shallow water helmet during WW 2. It’s ease of use made it a favorite of the military and civilians after the war. In the 21st Century this helmet is quite collectible for it’s historic significance and unique appearance. The large front window with guards and side and top windows really give this helmet a classic vintage look. While these features make the helmet interesting it also has something very unique we have never seen before….. At some point after WWII this helmet was owned by a large company located in the Philippines called Lusteveco (Luzon Stevedoring Co). The company started in 1909 but was decimated during WWII. After the war the US Government gave the company a huge surplus of of equipment, which surely including diving helmets. Probably for salt water corrosion prevention the company had the helmet chrome plated. In addition, they probably had the coolest looking shallow water helmet in the business! The company did lightly engrave “LSCO Salvage” on the top right section and also “lusteveco” on the lower right side of the body. This appears to have been done after the chrome plating was applied. The wording is actually quite hard to see and even harder to photograph (note it is not visible in the photos above). However, this part of the helmets history and condition is certainly worth mentioning. The chrome overall is in fine condition and if some polish were applied, it would shine up even more! There is some evidence of use and wear to the chrome around the air fitting, which is to be expected. There are a few shallow dents in the copper body, but nothing severe. All the glass is intact, guards looks great, brass screws all present. The original Miller Dunn tag is in great condition as well. Unfortunately most helmets have no documented history associated with them. In this case this helmet was made sometime during WWII and then transfered to the Lusteveco Company in the Philippines where it undoubtedly played a big roll in rebuilding the company after WWII. The helmet was well taken care of and probably a prized piece on display in their corporate offices after it’s usefully life had ended. Now it’s your turn to retain not only a fantastic helmet but that history as well! Nation’s Attic will provide a COA with the helmets history and other 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

                 

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What’s For Sale! 

Updated 8-16-2017 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 

1900’s Nautical Line Throwing Gun “Canon” - McKeever-Daley

What would go better with a antique diving helmet than a antique canon? We actually had one of these earlier in the year and simply couldn’t pass this one up. Also called a Line or Throwing Gun, this was not a weapon but a tool used to launch rope from ship to ship or shore to ship. A projectile would be loaded with a rod sticking out and a loop on the end. Rope would be tied to the loop and then shot to its intended target. These line guns were used in the 19th Century and into the early 20th Century. Unlike the previous canon we had, this one has a fantastic period made cart supporting the gun. The barrel is mounted on the cast iron frame. The barrel can be positioned at three different angles. The cart can easily be positioned to point in any direction. Rarely included with these is the plunger, which is sitting on the cart in the photos. Even rarer - it appears an original projectile is still inside the barrel! That projectile has threads on the end of it, which is where the rod with a loop would have attached. We have not tried to remove it, but there is no risk of it going firing right now. The canon was found sitting in a barn for decades. It does have some very slight surface rust on the cast iron - but nothing severe. This piece could easily be kept in its current condition or given a restoration. The original oval brass tag is present but all the details have worn off. This one does appear to be the very same model of McKeever-Daley Line Gun we handled back in March this year. This piece is heavy. With the cart it’s around 250 pounds. It can be shipped on a pallet or we can separate the unit into three pieces and ship it via FedEx ground. Just let us know your zip code and we will figure shipping. 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

                 

Early WWII US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet w/ Navy Stamp & History!

This is a very early WWII Mark V made in March of 1942 by A. Schrader’s Son in Brooklyn, NY. The war had just started and only

Morse and Schrader were ready to make the Mark V for the US Government. Schrader immediately started production and this is

one of the first accepted by the US Navy for use after Pearl Harbor.

This helmet was purchased by Nation’s Attic directly from the family of a husband / wife who were commercial divers in the San

Francisco / Oakland Bay Area. Both learned how to dive at the Michealo’s Dive School in Oakland, CA in 1962/63. The husband

would go on to work as a welder, diver, pile driver (Local #34 Pile Drivers, Divers, Bridge, Dock & Wharf Builders) until 2002. The

helmet will be accompanied by a letter from the family along with a few photos showing both husband and wife in dive school.

This Mark V has a undeniable original look and feel to it. There is no doubt this helmet was used during WWII and then used in the

Bay Area of California. A valued colleague of ours pointed out that helmets used in this area at this time were known to have

modification made to them. These changes were made by divers who had to work in difficult environments where visibility was

close to zero and the waters were cold. This helmet has had the communications fitting removed and a smaller one installed. In

addition a regulating value was installed on the front. On the inside of the bonnet is a series of copper tubing allowing the

modification to function flawlessly.

History such as this is rare with a Mark V. The modifications made are part of its history and with the documentation gives those

changes some meaning. Please feel free to call or email with questions or additional detailed photos.

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Very Rare 1800’s John Date Diving Helmet - Made in Canada! 

Every few years we have the honor of handling a true piece of Canadian diving history. We are proud to offer for sale a 19th Century helmet made by John Date in Montreal Canada. John Date was the only diving helmet manufacturer in Canada. Starting in the 1850's John Date would go on to make some of the finest helmets ever made in North America. Today just about any example is prized, but one in this condition of this vintage is truly a treasure! While not a lot is known about John Date helmets, they can be dated with a degree of accuracy and also put into styles according to when they were made. Of course the initial helmets from probably the 1870's are style ones. This helmet fits the criteria for a style 2 or possibly style 3. Regardless, the helmet is a classic example from the late 19th Century. A detail that is important to helmets from this time is the bonnet. It was hand formed with the braising castellations being quite visible. The "castling" is quite impressive on this helmet and a key feature! Also key is the overall completeness and condition. All the unique wing nuts, brails, 4 copper washers, guards, hardware, glass, etc are present. In addition, a very rare John Date non- return valve is attached! The bonnet and breastplate attach together quite easily. The neck rings are non-recessed. John Date helmets at this time period did not put their name on the breastplate. In addition to the completeness, the helmet is in amazing condition. Only the most minimal of wear is evident. It is a safe assumption that the helmet was used in fresh water based on the condition of the copper body. Inside all of the vents are present and the tinning, as to be expected. This is a rare opportunity to own such a early and immaculate John Date.  It's also a possibility in the future that these could become "cultural assets" of the Canadian government. This would mean that taking them out of that country would be impossible! 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 Great Depression Era Homemade Shallow Water Diving Helmet!

During the Great Depression (1929-1939) purchasing a new or even used diving helmet was a big stretch for most people. In September of 1932 Popular Mechanics published an article on how to make your own diving helmet! The result was people around the United States fabricating their own shallow water helmets from material they had available. One of the most popular household items converted into a diving helmet body was a water heater. This helmet is a classic example of one of those Great Depression era helmets made from the top section of a water heater!  A large window was constructed directly on the front. Handles were welded to each side, lead weights also welded around the body of the helmet and then some rubber hose lines the bottom edge. The helmets simplicity and homemade ingenuity are what makes it special. The helmet is also in original untouched condition. We literally pulled it out of a barn in Illinois! Most antique diving helmets are a guaranteed conversation pieces - this one will no doubt leave everyone asking questions while many will be secretly wondering how they can add one to their collections! 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

                 

US Navy “Master Divers” Schrader Mark V December 1943 - Very Rare!

We have had the honor to handle quite a few Mark V helmets over the years. A vast majority of them have a very similar appearance and in many cases are lacking provenance. While their consistency is a plus for collectors - having one that is unique and also authentic is a rare treat. This Mark V was made by A. Schrader’s Son in December of 1943. The helmet was inspected and accepted into US Navy inventory at that time as well. There is US Navy inspection stamped located on the communications cup - which is typical location for WWII era Schrader helmets. The helmet is also serial #’s matching at the bonnet & breastplate. A vast majority of Mark V’s in the US Governments inventory were sold as surplus shortly after WWII. This helmet however was not sold but presented to a US Navy Master Diver upon his promotion! While we do not know the identity of the man who achieved this highest warfare qualification obtainable by a member of the US Navy diving community - we do know the helmet was presented as a gift to such a person. We know this because a Mark V would sometimes be presented to the diver - but the Mark V would be taken from inventory and then chrome or nickel plated. Over the years we have encountered a rare few of these helmets. The chrome was applied to each part of the helmet giving a unique and impressive appearance. Unlike most Mark V’s, this one has additional USN inventory numbers put into the neck ring. Those #’s are matching and located on both neck rings. An additional number is also on the communications cup as well. The overall condition of the helmet is amazing. The helmet was probably used during WWII and then put away until it was pulled and made a presentation piece. With that said, the helmet retains all the vents and has a WWII era reproducer or speaker inside! The vintage chrome is in nice condition but does show some age. Was this helmet used after it was chrome plated? It is certainly 100% complete and even retains the communications fitting cap on the back. This helmet will be accompanied by a COA from Nations Attic detailing it’s uniqueness and place in diving history. 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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Fantastic 1905-13 A. Schrader’s Son 3 Light 12 Bolt Diving Helmet!

The helmet was just recently found by Nation’s Attic in the Long Island, New York area. It’s quite possible the helmet had spent a majority of it’s existence in New York state actually. The helmet is a classic example of a 3 Light 12 Bolt model made by A. Schrader’s Son Inc. The helmet was made between 1905 and 1913. Through various times Schrader would use different stamps or ID plates on their helmets. This helmets ID plate clearly puts it during this time period. The helmet is a “non-recessed” style. This means the neck ring gasket is not recessed into the breastplate. Using a recessed neck ring was fairly standard for Schrader helmets after this helmet was made.  There is most of the vintage gasket at the neck ring remaining and the bonnet and breastplate thread together with ease. Inside the bonnet the vents are still present along with a very old communications device. It resembles an accent telephone receiver - which is essentially what it is! The helmet does have its share of working dents on the top of the bonnet - all indicative of actual use. The copper body has a fantastic patina that is unmistakable. A small fitting for the communication wire was added to the back along with other minor repairs and modifications - all period done. All four brails and 12 wing nuts are present. The front guard does have one knob missing. We did install new glass on the right side window as well. Overall this helmet just exudes that look and feel of a cool piece of functional history that is so hard to find. The helmet will come with a special COA from Nation’s Attic attesting to its history and other details. Join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

Classic 1938 A.J. Morse & Son Serial #’s Matching Antique Diving Helmet!

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, the 4 Light 12 Bolt model is a true classic and favorite among divers and collectors. This helmet is one we found tucked away in a basement for years. We simply could not resist purchasing it considering it’s classic appearance. This A.J. Morse helmet was made early in 1938 for commercial diving purposes. There is no doubt the helmet was used and also modified over time by the owner to fit his needs. Evidence of these modifications can be seen on the front and back of the helmet. It also appears that the work was done by the Craftsweld Company in New York. Their name appears on a communications fitting on the back of the helmet. Inside the bonnet all the vents are present and in good condition. The helmet is missing it’s four brails and two wing nuts. For display or presentation purposes the missing brails are hardly noticed.  Both items are something that DESCO (who now owns Morse) can make if so desired. At the neck ring the serial numbers do match. We do have this helmet priced at a very attractive price and it would make a great piece to display in the home or office. The helmet will come with a COA from Nation’s Attic detailing its history and specifics.  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 / Page 5 / Page 6
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Nation's Attic, Inc., Antiques  Dealers, Wichita, KS

What’s For Sale! 

Updated 8-16-2017 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 
US Navy “Master Divers” Schrader Mark V December 1943 - Very Rare! We have had the honor to handle quite a few Mark V helmets over the years. A vast majority of them have a very similar appearance and in many cases are lacking provenance. While their consistency is a plus for collectors - having one that is unique and also authentic is a rare treat. This Mark V was made by A. Schrader’s Son in December of 1943. The helmet was inspected and accepted into US Navy inventory at that time. There is Navy inspection stamped on the communications cup. The helmet is also serial #’s matching. A majority of Mark V’s in the US inventory were sold as surplus  after WWII. This helmet however was not sold but presented to a US Navy Master Diver upon his promotion! While we do not know the identity of the man - we do know the helmet was presented as a gift to such a person. We know this because a Mark V would sometimes be presented to the diver - but the Mark V would  chrome or nickel plated. Over the years we have encountered a rare few of these helmets. The chrome was applied to each part of the helmet giving a unique and impressive appearance. Unlike most Mark V’s, this one has additional USN inventory numbers put into the neck ring. Those #’s are matching and located on both neck rings. An additional number is also on the communications cup as well. The overall condition of the helmet is amazing. The helmet was probably used during WWII and then put away until it was pulled and made a presentation piece. With that said, the helmet retains all the vents and has a WWII era reproducer or speaker inside! The vintage chrome is in nice condition but does show some age. Was this helmet used after it was chrome plated? It is certainly 100% complete and even retains the communications fitting cap on the back. This helmet will be accompanied by a COA from Nations Attic detailing it’s uniqueness and place in diving history. Join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

Early WWII US Navy Mark V Diving

Helmet w/ Navy Stamp & History!

This is a very early WWII Mark V made on Feb. 20th, 1942 by

Morse Diving Equipment in Boston, MA. During WWII there were

four makers of the Mark V. From our experience Morse examples

are the 2nd most difficult to find behind Miller Dunn helmets.

Apparently the contracts to make the Mark V were simply not

awarded to Morse in the same quantities as Schrader and DESCO.

This helmet does have all 4 brails serial #'s matching. All 12 wing

nuts are present and 4 copper brail washers, which are typically

missing - are present! The top bonnet is not matching and is

actually one made by Schrader during WWII. The bonnet does have

a serial # which puts it at being made in 1943. In addition - the

bonnet does have a US Navy inspection stamp on it - so it was part

of Navy inventory during the war and most likely used. It is very

possible the top and bottom were mixed up during the war. They

both have a very similar and matching patina and have no doubt

been together for many decades.

The helmet does have some areas such as the lift window,

communication fitting and front neck ring on the breastplate that

are pushed in slightly. The top of the bonnet only has very minimal

working dents. Inside the bonnet an original speaker or reproducer

is present with Navy inspection stamp. All the vents are present

inside as well. Glass, guards, fittings and safety latch and pin are in

place and in great shape.

The Mark V has been for a long time the most collectible model of

diving helmet. It is also a model that continues to increase in value

every year. We have this example priced quite reasonable for a

complete example with wonderful patina!

As always we have lots of high quality photos of each helmet

available to email to you immediately. You are also welcome to give

us a call for instant answers to your questions or to purchase a

helmet. Not located in the United States - no problem - just email

us your postal code and we can provide you with a quick shipping

quote.

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 Rare 1800’s John Date Diving

Helmet - Made in Canada! 

Every few years we have the honor of handling a true piece of Canadian diving history. We are proud to offer for sale a 19th Century helmet made by John Date in Montreal Canada. John Date was the only diving helmet manufacturer in Canada. Starting in the 1850's John Date would go on to make some of the finest helmets ever made in North America. Today just about any example is prized, but one in this condition of this vintage is truly a treasure! While not a lot is known about John Date helmets, they can be dated with a degree of accuracy and also put into styles according to when they were made. Of course the initial helmets from probably the 1870's are style ones. This helmet fits the criteria for a style 2 or possibly style 3. Regardless, the helmet is a classic example from the late 19th Century. A detail that is important to helmets from this time is the bonnet. It was hand formed with the braising castellations quite visible. The "castling" is quite impressive and a key feature! Also key is the overall completeness and condition. All the unique wing nuts, brails, 4 copper washers, guards, hardware, glass, etc are present. In addition, a very rare John Date non-return valve is attached! The bonnet and breastplate attach together easily. The neck rings are non-recessed. John Date helmets at this time period did not put their name on the breastplate. In addition to the completeness, the helmet is in amazing condition. Only the most minimal of wear is evident. It is a safe assumption that the helmet was used in fresh water based on the condition of the copper body. Inside all of the vents are present and the tinning, as to be expected. This is a rare opportunity to own such a early and immaculate John Date.  It's also a possibility in the future that these could become "cultural assets" of the Canadian government. This would mean that taking them out of that country would be impossible! 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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1900’s Nautical Line Throwing Gun

“Canon” - McKeever-Daley

What would go better with a antique diving helmet than a antique canon? We actually had one of these earlier in the year and simply couldn’t pass this one up. Also called a Line or Throwing Gun, this was not a weapon but a tool used to launch rope from ship to ship or shore to ship. A projectile would be loaded with a rod sticking out and a loop on the end. Rope would be tied to the loop and then shot to its intended target. These line guns were used in the 19th Century and into the early 20th Century. Unlike the previous canon we had, this one has a fantastic period made cart supporting the gun. The barrel is mounted on the cast iron frame. The barrel can be positioned at three different angles. The cart can easily be positioned to point in any direction. Rarely included with these is the plunger, which is sitting on the cart in the photos. Even rarer - it appears an original projectile is still inside the barrel! That projectile has threads on the end of it, which is where the rod with a loop would have attached. We have not tried to remove it, but there is no risk of it going firing right now. The canon was found sitting in a barn for decades. It does have some very slight surface rust on the cast iron - but nothing severe. This piece could easily be kept in its current condition or given a restoration. The original oval brass tag is present but all the details have worn off. This one does appear to be the very same model of McKeever-Daley Line Gun we handled back in March this year. This piece is heavy. With the cart it’s around 250 pounds. It can be shipped on a pallet or we can separate the unit into three pieces and ship it via FedEx ground. Just let us know your zip code and we will figure shipping. 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

                 

Great Depression Era Homemade

Shallow Water Diving Helmet!

During the Great Depression (1929-1939) purchasing a new or even used diving helmet was a big stretch for most people. In September of 1932 Popular Mechanics published an article on how to make your own diving helmet! The result was people around the United States fabricating their own shallow water helmets from material they had available. One of the most popular household items converted into a diving helmet body was a water heater. This helmet is a classic example of one of those Great Depression era helmets made from the top section of a water heater!  A large window was constructed directly on the front. Handles were welded to each side, lead weights also welded around the body of the helmet and then some rubber hose lines the bottom edge. The helmets simplicity and homemade ingenuity are what makes it special. The helmet is also in original untouched condition. We literally pulled it out of a barn in Illinois! Antique diving helmets are a guaranteed conversation piece - this one will no doubt leave everyone asking questions while many will be secretly wondering how they can add one to their collection! 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

                 

1905-13 A. Schrader’s Son Diving Helmet!

The helmet was just found by Nation’s Attic in the Long Island, New York area. The helmet is a classic example of a 3 Light 12 Bolt model made by A. Schrader’s Son Inc. The helmet was made between 1905 and 1913.  The helmet is a “non-recessed” style. Inside the bonnet the vents are still present along with a very old communications device. The helmet does have its share of working dents on the bonnet. The copper body has a patina that is unmistakable. A small fitting for the communication wire was added to the back along with other minor repairs and modifications - all period done. All four brails and 12 wing nuts are present. The front guard does have one knob missing. We did install new glass on the right side window. Overall this helmet just exudes that look and feel of a cool piece of functional history that is so hard to find. The helmet will come with a special COA from Nation’s Attic attesting to its history and other details. Join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

1938 A.J. Morse & Son Diving Helmet!

This helmet is one we found tucked away in a basement. We simply could not resist purchasing it considering it’s classic style. It is a 4 Light 12 Bolt A.J Morse helmet made in early 1938! The A.J. Morse helmet was made for commercial purposes. There is no doubt the helmet was used and also modified over time by the owner. Evidence of these modifications can be seen on the front and back. It also appears that the work was done by the Craftsweld. Inside all the vents are present and in good condition. The helmet is missing it’s four brails and two wing nuts. For display or presentation purposes the missing brails are hardly noticed.  Both items are something that DESCO (who now owns Morse) can make if so desired. At the neck ring the serial numbers do match. We do have this helmet priced at a very attractive price and it would make a great piece to display in the home or office. The helmet will come with a COA from Nation’s Attic detailing its history and specifics.  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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