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The Divinhood by Peter Jackson 

This is the definitive historical reference book for the famed Miller Dunn shallow water diving helmets! One of the major challenges in the field of antique diving helmet collecting is good historical reference information written for the collector and historian. In 2015 Peter Jackson authored a wonderful book detailing the Miller Dunn Company and the three shallow water diving helmets they produced. Over the past couple years we have found this book to be invaluable in the research and authentication of the Dunn Divinhood, Divinhood Style 2 and Dinvinhood Style 3. There is also great information on other shallow water helmets such as the Snead and Morse versions as well. If you have Miller Dunn helmet in your collection, this book should certainly be pared with it. If you are thinking about buying a Miller Dunn helmet, then this book will provide you with the tools to make an educated purchase. Nation’s Attic has handled a lot of Miller Dunn helmets over the years, but this book has opened our eyes to details we never knew about! This book is packed with 274 full color pages. Originally only available from Mr. Jackson directly in the United Kingdom, now in 2017 this book is now out of print! We purchased the last remaining small quantity of books from him to offer to our clients. Like the few other excellent diving helmet reference books, this one is going to be quite scarce and valuable in the near future. $45 which includes shipping within the United States.  Please Email For Shipping Rate Outside the US

                 

Nation's Attic, Inc., Antiques  Dealers, Wichita, KS
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

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

WW2 US Navy Miller Dunn Style 3 Divinhood Helmet w/ Rare Option! 

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 brass guards and side and top windows really give this helmet a classic vintage look. Not all of these helmets were used by the US Government - but this one was! Many people do not realize that examples with #’s stamped into the right side of the front window frame indicate the helmet was part of US Government inventory. This helmet has a number stamped in this location! In addition, this helmet is a early example with flat head screw used to secure the window guards - later examples in WWII used round head brass screws. While these features make the helmet interesting it also has something very unique we have never seen before….. At some point either during WWII or after, this helmet had communications hardware installed professionally. In the photo above you will notice the communication cup on the top along with a fitting for the speaker wire lower down. Both parts are stamped Craftsweld, who owned Schrader (maker of the Mark V).  The helmet does retain the correct style of original paint so it’s safe to assume the communications was installed during the helmets original use. We have found reference to Miller Dunn offering to add communication to their helmets for a substantial additional fee! The helmet overall is a wonderful example perfect for display. While Style 3 Divinhood’s turn up on occasion, one with a US government serial number and communications installed is Very Rare! This helmet has a wonderful patina while being clean and very presentable in almost any setting. We have produced a video detailing this amazing helmet above.  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 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

What’s For Sale! 

Updated 2-18-2017 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 

Miller Dunn Divinhood Style 2 Antique Shallow Water Diving Helmet!

This is the second of the popular Miller Dunn shallow water diving helmets made by the company. Miller Dunn was located in Miami, Florida. During the 1920’s and right before WWII they produced the Divinhood Style 2. This copper and brass helmet has a very unique look. As stated on the tag, these were the Navy standard shallow water helmet during the time period. This specific helmet is a great original example. The window guards are present along with the original glass, which is cracked. The copper body is in great condition with no major dents or dings. There is some surface scratching present. These helmets are a wonderful display item! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

SOLD! SOLD!

1945 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet - Classic WW2 Example By DESCO! 

Wonderful Authentic WWII US Navy Issued Helmet! Without a doubt the US Navy Mark V diving helmet is the most popular helmet with collectors in the United States, and possible the entire world! Examples made during World War 2 are what many people ask for - especially ones with US Navy inspection stamps. Luckily, we have just turned up this classic World War 2 example made by Diving Equipment & Salvage Company in February of 1945. This helmet does have a US Navy inspection stamp on the ID plate and is also serial #’s matching! This helmet spent it’s “post WW2” years in Argentina. It’s possible the helmet was sold to that country after WWII or a commercial diver purchased it as war surplus. Regardless, the family who owned it for decades recently moved to the US and sold it to us. The helmet is complete with all window guards, brails and 11 or 12 wing nuts. The bonnet and breastplate are #’s matching. A communications fitting cap is present as well as a DESCO non-return valve with a US Navy stamp on it. Overall the helmet has a nice patina with color variations in the copy body due to salt water use. The top window is pushed in slightly and there are some working dents on the bonnet, but none severe or going through the copy body. Serial # matching with Navy stamps and WWII date, they don’t get much better! We will send along a document stating the helmets history and important details. We have produced a video detailing this amazing helmet above. Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

SOLD!

Solid Cast Iron Snead Style 2 Shallow Water Diving Helmet! 

The Snead Company was located in Jersey City, New Jersey. This company made for the E.J. Willis company a series of four different

shallow water diving helmets during the 1930’s into the 1950’s. These helmets were made of solid cast iron with each style being

similar in appearance but also slightly different. This example is a Style 2 with it’s unique large seam along the sides and top. The air

fitting is located at the front above the window. The helmet is in great condition, currently does not have the Plexiglas window.

Snead helmets like this are fun to collect and when checked out by a certified dive shop, lots of fun to use! We have produced a

video detailing this amazing helmet above.

Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

SOLD!

Snead Co. Style 3 Shallow Water Diving Helmet - E.J. Willis 

The Snead Company was located in Jersey City, New Jersey. This company made for the E.J. Willis company a series of four different

shallow water diving helmets during the 1930’s into the 1950’s. These helmets were made of solid cast iron with each style being

similar in appearance but also slightly different. This example is a Style 3 with a very clean look. This style was their best seller by

far. The helmet is in great condition, currently does not have the Plexiglas window.

Snead helmets like this are fun to collect and when checked out by a certified dive shop, lots of fun to use! We have produced a

video detailing this amazing helmet above.

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! Miller Dunn Style 2 Divinhood Diving Helmet Divinhood Style 2 Diving Helmet Tag Coming Soon! We have a very nice World War 2 US Navy Mark V helmet arriving in early February 2017!

Never Used 1952 Light Weight Canvas Diving Suit w/ Hardware!

We couldn’t believe it when this never used and still in the box diving dress was found! Dated 1952 with the original shipping tag from US Rubber Co to a US Army depot - this suit is a time capsule. When looking over the box we noticed it could be open, so we couldn’t help ourselves - we had to see what was inside. Wrapped in a very unique bag with a metallic lining is the suit still wrapped up the way it was originally. The suit looks to be in mint condition! We did not remove the suit from the bag but one end was open. Also inside wrapped in paper is the brass hardware. This type of “bunny suit” has a opening on the back that is clamped shut with the brass hardware shown above. We carefully wrapped the hardware back up after taking a photo and then place everything back inside. It’s hard to say if there is another new old stock example like this - but what a unique piece of diving history! 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

                 

Wow! The Divinhood Miller Dunn Book
The Divinhood “This is the by far the best book for collectors, investors and historians of the Miller Dunn Company and the diving helmets they made from 1915 to the 1940’s. “Don CreekmoreNation’s Attic Inc Very Limited Supply!
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What’s For Sale! 

Updated 2-18-2017 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 

 WW2 US Navy Miller Dunn Style 3

Divinhood Helmet w/ Rare Option! 

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 brass guards and side and top windows really give this helmet a classic vintage look. Not all of these helmets were used by the US Government - but this one was! Many people do not realize that examples with #’s stamped into the right side of the front window frame indicate the helmet was part of US Government inventory. This helmet has a number stamped in this location! In addition, this helmet is a early example with flat head screw used to secure the window guards - later examples in WWII used round head brass screws. While these features make the helmet interesting it also has something very unique we have never seen before….. At some point either during WWII or after, this helmet had communications hardware installed professionally. In the photo above you will notice the communication cup on the top along with a fitting for the speaker wire lower down. Both parts are stamped Craftsweld, who owned Schrader (maker of the Mark V).  The helmet does retain the correct style of original paint so it’s safe to assume the communications was installed during the helmets original use. We have found reference to Miller Dunn offering to add communication to their helmets for a substantial additional fee! The helmet overall is a wonderful example perfect for display. While Style 3 Divinhood’s turn up on occasion, one with a US government serial number and communications installed is Very Rare! This helmet has a wonderful patina while being clean and very presentable in almost any setting. We have produced a video detailing this amazing helmet above.  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
SOLD!

Impressive Homemade Shallow Water

Helmet - Very Unique! 

Very Detailed & Professional Handmade Diving Helmet During the late 1920’s and into the 1940’s much of the world was caught in the Great Depression including the United States. During this time many sacrifices were made by almost everyone, including divers. If you couldn’t afford a brand new shallow water diving helmet from Miller Dunn or even a used one, then you had to make you own! The general public was given the instructions to do just that in a magazine titled Popular Mechanics during the 1930’s. Here is a link to actual scanned magazine! This piece of individual ingenuity was probably made after World War 2. The use of acrylic glass (Plexiglas) on this helmet and nylon locknut’s around the window’s lead to this conclusion. The helmet body is made of a type of steel with lead blocks secured on the front and back. A handle is located on top and a air fitting on the side. At some point the body of the helmet was given a very tasteful and professional faux patina that was then clear coated. This resulted in the helmet have a wonderful look while also being very clean visually and to the touch. We have never seen another homemade helmet like this. Guaranteed this helmet will draw lots of attention at a fraction of the price many commercially helmets sell for! We have produced a video detailing this amazing helmet above. Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

1945 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet

- Classic WW2 Example By DESCO! 

Wonderful Authentic WWII US Navy Issued Helmet! Without a doubt the US Navy Mark V diving helmet is the most popular helmet with collectors in the United States, and possible the entire world! Examples made during World War 2 are what many people ask for - especially ones with US Navy inspection stamps. Luckily, we have just turned up this classic World War 2 example made by Diving Equipment & Salvage Company in February of 1945. This helmet does have a US Navy inspection stamp on the ID plate and is also serial #’s matching! This helmet spent it’s “post WW2” years in Argentina. It’s possible the helmet was sold to that country after WWII or a commercial diver purchased it as war surplus. Regardless, the family who owned it for decades recently moved to the US and sold it to us. The helmet is complete with all window guards, brails and 11 or 12 wing nuts. The bonnet and breastplate are #’s matching. A communications fitting cap is present as well as a DESCO non-return valve with a US Navy stamp on it. Overall the helmet has a nice patina with color variations in the copy body due to salt water use. The top window is pushed in slightly and there are some working dents on the bonnet, but none severe or going through the copy body. Serial # matching with Navy stamps and WWII date, they don’t get much better! We will send along a document stating the helmets history and important details. We have produced a video detailing this amazing helmet above. Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

SOLD! SOLD!
Wow!

Never Used 1952 Light Weight Canvas

Diving Suit w/ Hardware!

We couldn’t believe it when this never used and still in the box diving dress was found! Dated 1952 with the original shipping tag from US Rubber Co to a US Army depot - this suit is a time capsule. When looking over the box we noticed it could be open, so we couldn’t help ourselves - we had to see what was inside. Wrapped in a very unique bag with a metallic lining is the suit still wrapped up the way it was originally. The suit looks to be in mint condition! We did not remove the suit from the bag but one end was open. Also inside wrapped in paper is the brass hardware. This type of “bunny suit” has a opening on the back that is clamped shut with the brass hardware shown above. We carefully wrapped the hardware back up after taking a photo and then place everything back inside. It’s hard to say if there is another new old stock example like this - but what a unique piece of diving history! 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

                 

The Divinhood Miller Dunn Book

The Divinhood by Peter Jackson 

This is the definitive historical reference book for the famed Miller Dunn shallow water diving helmets! One of the major challenges in the field of antique diving helmet collecting is good historical reference information written for the collector and historian. In 2015 Peter Jackson authored a wonderful book detailing the Miller Dunn Company and the three shallow water diving helmets they produced. Over the past couple years we have found this book to be invaluable in the research and authentication of the Dunn Divinhood, Divinhood Style 2 and Dinvinhood Style 3. There is also great information on other shallow water helmets such as the Snead and Morse versions as well. If you have Miller Dunn helmet in your collection, this book should certainly be pared with it. If you are thinking about buying a Miller Dunn helmet, then this book will provide you with the tools to make an educated purchase. Nation’s Attic has handled a lot of Miller Dunn helmets over the years, but this book has opened our eyes to details we never knew about! This book is packed with 274 full color pages. Originally only available from Mr. Jackson directly in the United Kingdom, now in 2017 this book is now out of print! We purchased the last remaining small quantity of books from him to offer to our clients. Like the few other excellent diving helmet reference books, this one is going to be quite scarce and valuable in the near future. $45 which includes shipping within the United States.  Please Email For Shipping Rate Outside the US

                 

The Divinhood “This is the by far the best book for collectors, investors and historians of the Miller Dunn Company and the diving helmets they made from 1915 to the 1940’s. “Don CreekmoreNation’s Attic Inc