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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This is the definitive historical reference book for the famed Miller Dunn shallow water diving helmets! One of the major challenges in the field of antique diving helmet collecting is good historical reference information written for the collector and historian.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

What’s For Sale! 

Updated 4-20-2017 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 

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

                 

On Hold! 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!

US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet - Rare Helium Mixed Gas Version

aka “The Widow Maker” - Used For Extreme Deep Dives!

Amazing Condition - Wonderful History - Very Rare - Very Impressive! Without a doubt among US made helmets, the Mark V is by far the most popular. Over the years we have found a number of rare and unique examples of this famed helmet. A Mark V that many people are not aware of is the mixed gas or helium model. While the Mark V is an imposing and impressive helmet - the helium's are monsters! These imposing Mark V's are not only visually impressive - they have an amazing history behind their creation and use. First used in 1939 these mixed gas helmets were initially utilized for deep water rescue - specifically the USS Squalus (SS-192). Into the 1950's the design was modified slightly and continued to be used by the Navy into the 1980's. The large brass canister on the back of the helmet contained a chemical called Shell Natron which would help scrub Co2. However, if any water came into contact with the Shell Natron, Chlorine gas was produced - severely injuring or killing the diver - hence the name "widow maker". These special Mark V helium helmets were very expensive to produce and generally only the US Navy ordered them. A large majority of these were order after WWII, when demand from the US Government was low for the Mark V. This is why finding Mark V's with post WWII dates are actually very unusual. When this is taken into account and the then extreme rarity of the helium Mark V's - it's safe to say only a very small handful were made. Over the years the precious few of these we have found all dated to the 1970's with one from 1959. This helmet is dated March 1970 and was made by Diving Equipment & Supply Co (DESCO). The helmet is complete and serial #'s matching! DESCO actually placed the serial # on the ID plate, inside & outside neck ring, all four brails, brass canister and canister nut. The Mark V will probably always be the most popular model among collectors worldwide. The demand for authentic examples has helped increase their value every year. Rare examples like this impressive helmet have skyrocketed and will continue to do so! This special, historic and rare helmet will come with a letter from the previous owner, who was a Naval officer when he acquired this helmet originally. In addition, a COA from Nation's Attic will be included as well. 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

                 

WW2 Morse Diving Equipment Shallow Water Diving Helmet! 

Just found and fresh to the market is this seldom seen Morse Diving Equipment Shallow Water diving helmet! Introduced in 1933 the Morse shallow water helmet was a direct competitor to the Miller Dunn Divinhood 2 and then during WWII the Divinhood Style 3. Apparently Morse didn't get the big government contracts from the Navy during the war, so relatively few of these turn up compared to the Style 3 Miller Dunn's. This helmet has a copy body with a large curved window on the front. A lead Morse Diving Equipment tag is directly below the window. Also present and in many cases missing is both front and back lead weights with all 4 original wing nuts! This helmet was apparently stored in a barn for decades before being discovered by Nation's Attic this month. With that time the helmet has actually aged like a fine bourbon, developing a rich green patina on the copper body. While there is no doubt the helmet was used, it's seclusion for decades have given it a look and feel that is without a doubt very special and seldom encountered. The helmet does have a few dents on the back side, but nothing severe. The original air fitting is intact and in excellent original condition. Inside the air vents are present and in fine condition. The front plastic window is clouded over from age but also adds a bit of mystique to the general appearance of the helmet. There is a serial # on the top of the window frame that is clear. The two original lead weights are in good condition. Overall, this helmet would make a perfect display. If the lead weights are removed it's a very easy helmet to display. If you happen to have or are working on a collection of shallow water helmets - this helmet would be a excellent addition. Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

1900’s McKeever-Daley Line Thrown Gun (Canon) - Great Nautical History!

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

                 

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© 2017 Nations Attic
Call or Text Us At 1-316-371-1828   Email helmets@nationsattic.com
Nation's Attic, Inc., Antiques  Dealers, Wichita, KS

What’s For Sale! 

Updated 4-20-2017 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 
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

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

                 

SOLD!

US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet -

Rare Helium Mixed Gas Version

aka “The Widow Maker” - Used For

Extreme Deep Dives!

Wonderful History - Very Rare - Very Impressive! Without a doubt among US made helmets, the Mark V is by far the most popular. Over the years we have found a number of rare and unique examples of this famed helmet. A Mark V that many people are not aware of is the mixed gas or helium model. While the Mark V is an imposing and impressive helmet - the helium's are monsters! These imposing Mark V's are not only visually impressive - they have an amazing history behind their creation and use. First used in 1939 these mixed gas helmets were initially utilized for deep water rescue - specifically the USS Squalus (SS-192). Into the 1950's the design was modified slightly and continued to be used by the Navy into the 1980's. The large brass canister on the back of the helmet contained a chemical called Shell Natron which would help scrub Co2. However, if any water came into contact with the Shell Natron, Chlorine gas was produced - severely injuring or killing the diver - hence the name "widow maker". These special Mark V helium helmets were very expensive to produce and generally only the US Navy ordered them. A large majority of these were order after WWII, when demand from the US Government was low for the Mark V. This is why finding Mark V's with post WWII dates are actually very unusual. When this is taken into account and the then extreme rarity of the helium Mark V's - it's safe to say only a very small handful were made. Over the years the precious few of these we have found all dated to the 1970's with one from 1959. This helmet is dated March 1970 and was made by Diving Equipment & Supply Co (DESCO). The helmet is complete and serial #'s matching! DESCO actually placed the serial # on the ID plate, inside & outside neck ring, all four brails, brass canister and canister nut. The Mark V will probably always be the most popular model among collectors worldwide. The demand for authentic examples has helped increase their value every year. Rare examples like this impressive helmet have skyrocketed and will continue to do so! This special, historic and rare helmet will come with a letter from the previous owner, who was a Naval officer when he acquired this helmet originally. In addition, a COA from Nation's Attic will be included as well. 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

                 

WW2 Morse Diving Equipment

Shallow Water Diving Helmet! 

Seldom Seen with Amazing Patina! Just found and fresh to the market is this seldom seen Morse Diving Equipment Shallow Water diving helmet! Introduced in 1933 the Morse shallow water helmet was a direct competitor to the Miller Dunn Divinhood 2 and then during WWII the Divinhood Style 3. Apparently Morse didn't get the big government contracts from the Navy during the war, so relatively few of these turn up compared to the Style 3 Miller Dunn's. This helmet has a copy body with a large curved window on the front. A lead Morse Diving Equipment tag is directly below the window. Also present and in many cases missing is both front and back lead weights with all 4 original wing nuts! This helmet was apparently stored in a barn for decades before being discovered by Nation's Attic this month. With that time the helmet has actually aged like a fine bourbon, developing a rich green patina on the copper body. While there is no doubt the helmet was used, it's seclusion for decades have given it a look and feel that is without a doubt very special and seldom encountered. The helmet does have a few dents on the back side, but nothing severe. The original air fitting is intact and in excellent original condition. Inside the air vents are present and in fine condition. The front plastic window is clouded over from age but also adds a bit of mystique to the general appearance of the helmet. There is a serial # on the top of the window frame that is clear. The two original lead weights are in good condition. Overall, this helmet would make a perfect display. If the lead weights are removed it's a very easy helmet to display. If you happen to have or are working on a collection of shallow water helmets - this helmet would be a excellent addition. Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

1900’s McKeever-Daley Line Thrown

Gun (Canon) - Great Nautical

History!

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

                 

SOLD! SOLD! Travel ScheduleAre You In ME, IL, MO, NE, or IN? If so contact us, we will be in your area in 4-29 to 5-2