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Diving Helmets For Sale

Updated 1-15-2018 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 

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

                 

On Sale!

Japan Diving Corp. Fisheries Diving Helmet!

This is probably the best example of a Japanese fisheries helmet we have ever seen! It appears to be a new old stock or never used 3 light 12 bolt model. This type of helmet was favored among divers who needed a larger window on the front. This classic style is recognized worldwide and still in use today in parts of the world! The brails do have Japanese text on them. The brails read; “Nihon Sensui Kabushki-gaisha” or Japan Diving Corporation.  In terms of a display piece - they do not get much nicer than this one. While we are selling it as a vintage display piece, it appears to be dive ready once checked by a certified dive shop. Really a beautiful helmet and we have it priced very reasonably for the holiday season! 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. Wood handle in great condition as well as the brass case. These vintage dive knives look fantastic displayed next to a 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

                 

WW2 Morse Diving Pump Air Filter w/ Navy Stamp 

This is a part that rarely comes up as most non-collectors of diving helmets have no idea what is is. What you are looking at is a diving pump air filter made by Morse Diving Equipment during World War 2. These would thread on to the main air line coming out of the pump, then the air line would then attach to the other end. These prevent oil and other harmful things from entering the air supply to the diver. This filter is clearly marked by Morse and also has a World War 2 US Navy inspection stamp on it! If you have a vintage air pump, these are quite interesting to attached to the front. With the Navy stamp and Morse name, they are also a neat item to display next to your helmet. This one still has the vintage filter inside even! 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 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

                 

On Sale!

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

                 

On Sale!

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

                 

On Sale!

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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A very rare John Date T wrench and the difficult to find book Historic Divers of British Columbia are included with this helmet!
Very Rare 1800’s John Date Diving Helmet!  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

Air Control Valve Dated 1941 DESCO!

This is a very nice air control valve which was used as part of the Mark V gear. This one was made by DESCO and is even dated 1941! The icing on the cake is the US Navy inspection stamp also found it! The threads are in great shape. These look really good hooked up to a Mark V on display! Email us for close-up images of the markings! 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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Air Control “Whip” Hose. 

The other part of the air control valve that attaches to the air fitting on a Mark V is the “whip” or rubber air hose. This hose would go from the air fitting on the back of the helmet to the air control valve. The value was then attached via the loop on the short chain to the “bastard stud” on the front of a Mark V. The stud is the longer one on the front. These look really good attached to a Mark V helmet on display - and a complete “whip” is getting harder and harder to find. 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

                 

Mark V Leather, Brass, Lead Boots -

Morse Diving Equipment 1951!

This is a pair of “Standard Divers Shoes”, aka diving boots. There were two different kinds of boots used with the Mark V gear, this leather, brass, wood & lead design and then the lighter weight canvas style boots. This pair is marked on the inside wood sole 2-51 Morse Diving Equipment. We seldom see boots dated and most do not have a name on them! The leather is a bit stiff, but these are perfect for a display or simply setting next to your 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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Air Manifold w/ Wrench!

These manifold’s do not turn up often, especially with the original wrench still attached via brass chain! These were used to connect multiple air pumps or compressors together in the case a diver was going to very deep depths. There were not a cheap tool originaly, costing as much as a pair of diving boots! These make for a visually interesting piece to set next to a helmet or even on a vintage air pump. Cast into the three valves is Lunkenheimer. DESCO is also stamped into one of the end fittings. 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

                 

Just In! SOLD SOLD SOLD
1941/1918 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet  The day we listed this helmet for sale we were notified by an expert colleague of ours that this helmet is actually a Mark V made by the A.J. Morse & Son’s Co in 1918. We failed to identify the helmet as such and simply took the ID plate at face value. With that said, the helmet is quite real, but much older than the ID plate indicates. It is impossible to say why this ID plate was put on it. This is the first time we have ever run into a Mark V like this and do apologize for the initial wrong description. It has been and never will be our policy to sell a diving helmet that is not described properly.

US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet 1918 Morse / 1941 Schrader

This helmet initially had us fooled based on the identification tag - but we discovered something very interesting about it. This US Navy Mark V was made in late 1918 by the A.J. Morse & Son’s company in Boston, MA! Late in WW1 the US Navy made orders with A.J. Morse & A. Schrader Son’s companies for the Mark V. We know this helmet is from 1918 based on the serial numbers found at the neck ring and on all four brails. In addition to the serial numbers, the helmet also has a US Navy inspection stamp on the communications cup. This stamp indicates the helmet was inspected and put into Navy inventory. Over the course of the 20th Century this helmet apparently lost it’s Morse ID plate. At some point a A. Schrader’s Son ID plate was put on it with a date of May 1941. Many Mark V helmets from World War 1 were being used into and well after World War 2 by the Navy and commercial divers. Regardless of the reasons, this is a authentic Mark V that was certainly used. The helmet has seen its fair share of use. There are numerous working dents on the bonnet with only one being slightly deeper than the others, but not severe.  Approximately ¾ of the breastplate neck ring is pushed in. This does not affect how the bonnet and breastplate thread together. All the original brass hardware is present. The four brails are serial # matching to the bonnet. The breastplate # is two numbers off. Undoubtedly the helmet was ordered along with a group of other helmets and the bonnet and breastplate were mixed up at some point. With only a 2 number variance, the difference is minimal. The helmet does have the brass caps for the air and communication fittings - these are always missing! Inside the bonnet the air vents are present. The valves are all movable and present. Original glass is intact with no cracks or breaks. On the bottom side of one of the brails is what looks like initials and a ID number. It’s possible with research this number and initials could be used to learn more about this helmets history. This helmet has a wonderful vintage look and displays wonderfully. Being a 90 year old relic of two World War’s makes this quite the interesting conversation piece! 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 1-15-2018 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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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

                 

On Sale!

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 or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

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60s 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 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 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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Air Control Valve Dated 1941 DESCO!

This is a very nice air control valve which was used as part of the Mark V gear. This one was made by DESCO and is even dated 1941! The icing on the cake is the US Navy inspection stamp also found it! The threads are in great shape. These look really good hooked up to a Mark V on display! Email us for close-up images of the markings! 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

                 

Air Control “Whip” Hose. 

The other part of the air control valve that attaches to the air fitting on a Mark V is the “whip” or rubber air hose. This hose would go from the air fitting on the back of the helmet to the air control valve. The value was then attached via the loop on the short chain to the “bastard stud” on the front of a Mark V. The stud is the longer one on the front. These look really good attached to a Mark V helmet on display - and a complete “whip” is getting harder and harder to find. 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

                 

Air Manifold w/ Wrench!

These manifold’s do not turn up often, especially with the original wrench still attached via brass chain! These were used to connect multiple air pumps or compressors together in the case a diver was going to very deep depths. There were not a cheap tool originaly, costing as much as a pair of diving boots! These make for a visually interesting piece to set next to a helmet or even on a vintage air pump. Cast into the three valves is Lunkenheimer. DESCO is also stamped into one of the end fittings. 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

                 

WW2 Morse Diving Pump Air Filter w/

Navy Stamp 

This is a part that rarely comes up as most non-collectors of diving helmets have no idea what is is. What you are looking at is a diving pump air filter made by Morse Diving Equipment during World War 2. These would thread on to the main air line coming out of the pump, then the air line would then attach to the other end. These prevent oil and other harmful things from entering the air supply to the diver. This filter is clearly marked by Morse and also has a World War 2 US Navy inspection stamp on it! If you have a vintage air pump, these are quite interesting to attached to the front. With the Navy stamp and Morse name, they are also a neat item to display next to your helmet. This one still has the vintage filter inside even! 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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US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet 1918

Morse / 1941 Schrader

This helmet initially had us fooled based on the identification tag - but we discovered something very interesting about it. This US Navy Mark V was made in late 1918 by the A.J. Morse & Son’s company in Boston, MA! Late in WW1 the US Navy made orders with A.J. Morse & A. Schrader Son’s companies for the Mark V. We know this helmet is from 1918 based on the serial numbers found at the neck ring and on all four brails. In addition to the serial numbers, the helmet also has a US Navy inspection stamp on the communications cup. This stamp indicates the helmet was inspected and put into Navy inventory. Over the course of the 20th Century this helmet apparently lost it’s Morse ID plate. At some point a A. Schrader’s Son ID plate was put on it with a date of May 1941. Many Mark V helmets from World War 1 were being used into and well after World War 2 by the Navy and commercial divers. Regardless of the reasons, this is a authentic Mark V that was certainly used. The helmet has seen its fair share of use. There are numerous working dents on the bonnet with only one being slightly deeper than the others, but not severe.  Approximately ¾ of the breastplate neck ring is pushed in. This does not affect how the bonnet and breastplate thread together. All the original brass hardware is present. The four brails are serial # matching to the bonnet. The breastplate # is two numbers off. Undoubtedly the helmet was ordered along with a group of other helmets and the bonnet and breastplate were mixed up at some point. With only a 2 number variance, the difference is minimal. The helmet does have the brass caps for the air and communication fittings - these are always missing! Inside the bonnet the air vents are present. The valves are all movable and present. Original glass is intact with no cracks or breaks. On the bottom side of one of the brails is what looks like initials and a ID number. It’s possible with research this number and initials could be used to learn more about this helmets history. This helmet has a wonderful vintage look and displays wonderfully. Being a 90 year old relic of two World War’s makes this quite the interesting conversation piece! 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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