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Diving Helmets For Sale

Updated 2-11-2018 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

                 

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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 Yokohama 4 Light 12 Bolt w/ History!

This is a fantastic 1960’s era Yokohama air hat! Not only is the helmet an early style based on a Bob Kirby design, but the helmet was used for years by a noted commercial diver and consignor of this collection. The helmet simply exudes the nature of commercial diving in our opinion. The helmet was used extensively but was well taken care of. The typical shallow working dents are present, giving this hat a patina usually only seen on much older helmets. The helmet features a Johnson double exhaust valve modification, Kepner non-return valve, Marsh Marine communication connector, breastplate exhaust for state decompression and overhead ship work. Simply put, this helmet was used by a master diver and was modified as such. This beautiful original example would make a wonderful addition to any collection. The COA with this helmet will detail the divers information. Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

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Bob Ratcliffe “Rat Hat” - Nice Complete Original

Bob Ratcliffe in the 1960’s would invent and manufacturer the world famous Rat Hat. As president of Ocean Development Corporation he would make these special helmet for divers around the world. Today these helmets are now being recognized for their special place in commercial diving history. The helmets are also gaining in collector appeal as well with values closing in and in some cases eclipsing the copper and brass helmets of earlier years.  This dark orange example is a fine used original. It is complete with neck ring present. As with any 1960’s era helmet, the foam and padding on the inside certainly need replaced if ever used again. The orange paint has all the usual scratches and chips associated with a helmet used for years. Regardless if you decide to keep it as is or restore it - this helmet will only increase in value in the coming years. Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

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Early Kirby Morgan Style Yokohama Helmet!

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

                 

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

Bob Ratcliffe in the 1960’s would invent and manufacturer the world famous Rat Hat. As president of Ocean Development Corporation he would make these special helmets for divers around the world. Today these helmets are now being recognized for their special place in commercial diving history. The helmets are also gaining in collector appeal as well with values closing in and in some cases eclipsing the copper and brass helmets of earlier years.  This Rat Hat is blue in color with a very seldom seen dry suit ring. The helmet was certainly used and still has a Pile Drivers No. 34 union decal on one side. The blue fiberglass body is still in solid condition but has lots of scratches from honest use over the years. Regardless if you decide to keep it as is or restore it - this helmet will only increase in value in the coming years. Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

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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 honour 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 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 originally, 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

                 

1945 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet - Diving Equipment & Salvage Co.

US Navy Inspected w/ “Red Diver” Original Paint, Original Tinning & Navy Stamp Speaker Inside!

As collectors we have all day dreamed about finding that elusive antique hidden away for decades. Opening the old box and discovering that not only have you found something special, but it’s also in original untouched condition! That’s the very feeling we had when this helmet was found peaking out of a box and the distinctive original tinning and a “red diver” painted diamond on top was visible! What was discovered is a magnificent time capsule of a Mark V diving helmet used by the US Navy and then put away in nearly new condition. When the Mark V was made for the US Navy at the Diving Equipment & Salvage Company (DESCO) factory, all of them were “tinned”. This gray coating over the copper body prevented salt water corrosion. From constant use in many cases this tinning is worn off the helmets, exposing the spun copper body. In the 21st Century it is now very difficult to find a World War 2 dated helmet with a majority of it’s original tinning still intact.  With that in mind we were astounded when we found this one with essentially all of its tinning still remaining - a US Navy inspection stamp on the ID plate, a communications speaker and wire hooked up and “red diver” paint on the bonnet and ID plate! We could go on and on about all the great details and originality this helmet has, but we will try and keep it concise. The helmet is serial #’s matching, all the original glass is intact, brass hardware intact, tinning is 99%, air vents inside bonnet, etc. There is a US Navy inspection stamp on the ID plate. There is also a speaker (reproducer) with Navy inspection stamp & wiring inside the bonnet. The communications fitting has a cap on it to protect the wiring hookup. The only flaw is some tiny gray specks of paint on the bonnet. These can be removed with a fingernail or polish and patience if so desired. In addition to the wonderful originality of this helmet - the red painted ID plate and diamond on the bonnet are significant. In order to keep a specific divers equipment separated from another, they would usually put red or green paint on the helmet. The Red Diver for example would be the primary diver in the water while Green Diver would be the backup. In the past we have found Mark V’s with remnants of red or green paint on them, but never one in such original pristine condition as this! Without a doubt this helmet was in US Navy inventory during WWII, probably was on a ship with multiple divers, was used a little and then put away for decades until being found by Nations Attic in 2018. All these wonderful details will be included in a detailed certificate of authenticity that will accompany the 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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Updated 2-11-2018 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

                 

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

                 

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 originally, 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

                 

On Sale! Just In!

1945 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet -

Diving Equipment & Salvage Co.

US Navy Inspected w/ “Red Diver” Original Paint,

Original Tinning & Navy Stamp Speaker Inside!

As collectors we have all day dreamed about finding that elusive antique hidden away for decades. Opening the old box and discovering that not only have you found something special, but it’s also in original untouched condition! That’s the very feeling we had when this helmet was found peaking out of a box and the distinctive original tinning and a “red diver” painted diamond on top was visible! What was discovered is a magnificent time capsule of a Mark V diving helmet used by the US Navy and then put away in nearly new condition. When the Mark V was made for the US Navy at the Diving Equipment & Salvage Company (DESCO) factory, all of them were “tinned”. This gray coating over the copper body prevented salt water corrosion. From constant use in many cases this tinning is worn off the helmets, exposing the spun copper body. In the 21st Century it is now very difficult to find a World War 2 dated helmet with a majority of it’s original tinning still intact.  With that in mind we were astounded when we found this one with essentially all of its tinning still remaining - a US Navy inspection stamp on the ID plate, a communications speaker and wire hooked up and “red diver” paint on the bonnet and ID plate! We could go on and on about all the great details and originality this helmet has, but we will try and keep it concise. The helmet is serial #’s matching, all the original glass is intact, brass hardware intact, tinning is 99%, air vents inside bonnet, etc. There is a US Navy inspection stamp on the ID plate. There is also a speaker (reproducer) with wiring inside the bonnet. The communications fitting has a cap on it to protect the wiring hookup. In addition to the wonderful originality of this helmet - the red painted ID plate and diamond on the bonnet are significant. In order to keep a specific divers equipment separated from another, they would usually put red or green paint on the helmet. The Red Diver for example would be the primary diver in the water while Green Diver would be the backup. In the past we have found Mark V’s with remnants of red or green paint on them, but never one in such original pristine condition as this! The only flaw is some tiny gray specks of paint on the bonnet. These can be removed with a fingernail or polish and patience if so desired. Without a doubt this helmet was in US Navy inventory during WWII, probably was on a ship with multiple divers, was used a little and then put away for decades until being found by Nations Attic in 2018. All these wonderful details will be included in a detailed certificate of authenticity that will accompany the 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

                 

February Travel If you are in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri or Nebraska, we will be in your area Feb 20th - 25th. Call / Email for appointment! 316-371-1828helmets@nationsattic.com SOLD! Sold In Under 2 Hours!