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

During WW 2 the US Navy utilized the famed Mark V for its deep water diving jobs. Not every job required this highly specialized and complicated equipment though. For jobs in shallower water such as working on the undersides of ships, a simpler yet just as heavy duty helmet was required. That helmet would predominately be the Divinhood Style 3 made by Miller Dunn of Miami, FL. The Divinhood Style 3 was the US Navy standard shallow water helmet during WW 2. It’s ease of use made it a favorite of the military and civilians after the war. In the 21st Century this helmet is quite collectible for it’s historic significance and unique appearance. The large front window with guards and side and top windows really give this helmet a classic vintage look. While these features make the helmet interesting it also has something very unique we have never seen before….. At some point after WWII this helmet was owned by a large company located in the Philippines called Lusteveco (Luzon Stevedoring Co). The company started in 1909 but was decimated during WWII. After the war the US Government gave the company a huge surplus of of equipment, which surely including diving helmets. Probably for salt water corrosion prevention the company had the helmet chrome plated. In addition, they probably had the coolest looking shallow water helmet in the business! The company did lightly engrave “LSCO Salvage” on the top right section and also “lusteveco” on the lower right side of the body. This appears to have been done after the chrome plating was applied. The wording is actually quite hard to see and even harder to photograph (note it is not visible in the photos above). However, this part of the helmets history and condition is certainly worth mentioning. The chrome overall is in fine condition and if some polish were applied, it would shine up even more! There is some evidence of use and wear to the chrome around the air fitting, which is to be expected. There are a few shallow dents in the copper body, but nothing severe. All the glass is intact, guards looks great, brass screws all present. The original Miller Dunn tag is in great condition as well. Unfortunately most helmets have no documented history associated with them. In this case this helmet was made sometime during WWII and then transfered to the Lusteveco Company in the Philippines where it undoubtedly played a big roll in rebuilding the company after WWII. The helmet was well taken care of and probably a prized piece on display in their corporate offices after it’s usefully life had ended. Now it’s your turn to retain not only a fantastic helmet but that history as well! Nation’s Attic will provide a COA with the helmets history and other details. Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

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

What’s For Sale! 

Updated 10-13-2017 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 

Unique Great Depression Era Deep Water Homemade Diving Helmet!

When one thinks of a classic homemade diving helmet made during the Great Depression - it’s usually of a shallow water type. When this helmet was discovered in Texas recently it was quite a surprise! At first glance we thought it could simply be a display item but upon closer inspection - it was a functional helmet. The previous owner told us it was actually used in the Galveston, TX area in the 1930’s. The helmet is a 3 light 4 / 12 bolt pattern. That means it has three windows and also 4 bolts at the neck ring and 12 bolt along the edge of the breastplate. Because this is a homemade helmet the top and bottom area secured via 4 bolts. Companies like A.J. Morse and Schrader would make helmets like this in the 19th Century, which is probably where the makers of this helmet got their inspiration. Coming in at 47 pounds, the copper body is certainly hand formed and actually multiple layers. Upon close inspection, especially on the inside, it’s fascinating to see how the individual made this helmet functional. All the hardware including the window frames are brass. The only part not brass or copper is the brails - which are steel. When the bonnet and breastplate are separated a vintage leather gasket is still present at the neck ring. All the old glass is intact and certainly the original. The front window does thread off, just like a Morse or Schrader would. All the brass threads are in good shape, all the nuts rotate with ease. There are absolutely no markings or names to indicate who made this helmet or who had the guts to use it. This helmet is scary to put on your head on dry land - just image going into the water trusting it - but someone certainly did, many times! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

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

Every few years we have the honor of handling a true piece of Canadian diving history. We are proud to offer for sale a 19th Century helmet made by John Date in Montreal Canada. John Date was the only diving helmet manufacturer in Canada. Starting in the 1850's John Date would go on to make some of the finest helmets ever made in North America. Today just about any example is prized, but one in this condition of this vintage is truly a treasure! While not a lot is known about John Date helmets, they can be dated with a degree of accuracy and also put into styles according to when they were made. Of course the initial helmets from probably the 1870's are style ones. This helmet fits the criteria for a style 2 or possibly style 3. Regardless, the helmet is a classic example from the late 19th Century. A detail that is important to helmets from this time is the bonnet. It was hand formed with the braising castellations being quite visible. The "castling" is quite impressive on this helmet and a key feature! Also key is the overall completeness and condition. All the unique wing nuts, brails, 4 copper washers, guards, hardware, glass, etc are present. In addition, a very rare John Date non- return valve is attached! The bonnet and breastplate attach together quite easily. The neck rings are non-recessed. John Date helmets at this time period did not put their name on the breastplate. In addition to the completeness, the helmet is in amazing condition. Only the most minimal of wear is evident. It is a safe assumption that the helmet was used in fresh water based on the condition of the copper body. Inside all of the vents are present and the tinning, as to be expected. This is a rare opportunity to own such a early and immaculate John Date.  It's also a possibility in the future that these could become "cultural assets" of the Canadian government. This would mean that taking them out of that country would be impossible! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

Classic Great Depression Era Homemade Shallow Water Diving Helmet!

During the Great Depression (1929-1939) purchasing a new or even used diving helmet was a big stretch for most people. In September of 1932 Popular Mechanics published an article on how to make your own diving helmet! The result was people around the United States fabricating their own shallow water helmets from material they had available. One of the most popular household items converted into a diving helmet body was a water heater. This helmet is a classic example of one of those Great Depression era helmets made from the top section of a water heater!  A large window was constructed directly on the front. Handles were welded to each side, lead weights also welded around the body of the helmet and then some rubber hose lines the bottom edge. The helmets simplicity and homemade ingenuity are what makes it special. The helmet is also in original untouched condition. We literally pulled it out of a barn in Illinois! Most antique diving helmets are a guaranteed conversation pieces - this one will no doubt leave everyone asking questions while many will be secretly wondering how they can add one to their collections! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

Antique Diving Helmet Archive Pages As a service to our customers we have placed many of the helmets we have sold in the past on archive pages on this site. You can start on Page 1 here or below you can choose which of the many antique diving helmet archive page you wish to visit. If you see a helmet we have sold in the past and wish to purchase one like it, please let us know; helmets@nationsattic.com  Archive Page 2 / Page 3 / Page 4 / Page 5 / Page 6
SOLD! SOLD!
(classic photo of homemade helmets)
Oct-20
Huge Diving Helmet & Equipment Collection Coming Up For Sale! On October 20th we will be offering a collection of over 25 diving helmets and hundreds of related items! In some cases this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to own some special helmets. Make sure you are on our email contact list to be notified first of a complete list along with pricing of all the special items! Below we have a short preview of just some of the items! 
Make sure and join our client contact list to be notified first when all the details of this amazing collection are available!
Very Rare!
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Nation's Attic, Inc., Antiques  Dealers, Wichita, KS

What’s For Sale! 

Updated 10-13-2017 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 

Very Rare 1800’s John Date Diving

Helmet - Made in Canada! 

Every few years we have the honor of handling a true piece of Canadian diving history. We are proud to offer for sale a 19th Century helmet made by John Date in Montreal Canada. John Date was the only diving helmet manufacturer in Canada. Starting in the 1850's John Date would go on to make some of the finest helmets ever made in North America. Today just about any example is prized, but one in this condition of this vintage is truly a treasure! While not a lot is known about John Date helmets, they can be dated with a degree of accuracy and also put into styles according to when they were made. Of course the initial helmets from probably the 1870's are style ones. This helmet fits the criteria for a style 2 or possibly style 3. Regardless, the helmet is a classic example from the late 19th Century. A detail that is important to helmets from this time is the bonnet. It was hand formed with the braising castellations quite visible. The "castling" is quite impressive and a key feature! Also key is the overall completeness and condition. All the unique wing nuts, brails, 4 copper washers, guards, hardware, glass, etc are present. In addition, a very rare John Date non-return valve is attached! The bonnet and breastplate attach together easily. The neck rings are non-recessed. John Date helmets at this time period did not put their name on the breastplate. In addition to the completeness, the helmet is in amazing condition. Only the most minimal of wear is evident. It is a safe assumption that the helmet was used in fresh water based on the condition of the copper body. Inside all of the vents are present and the tinning, as to be expected. This is a rare opportunity to own such a early and immaculate John Date.  It's also a possibility in the future that these could become "cultural assets" of the Canadian government. This would mean that taking them out of that country would be impossible! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

Rare!

Unique Great Depression Era Deep

Water Homemade Diving Helmet!

When one thinks of a classic homemade diving helmet made during the Great Depression - it’s usually of a shallow water type. When this helmet was discovered in Texas recently it was quite a surprise! At first glance we thought it could simply be a display item but upon closer inspection - it was a functional helmet. The previous owner told us it was actually used in the Galveston, TX area in the 1930’s. The helmet is a 3 light 4 / 12 bolt pattern. That means it has three windows, 4 bolts at the neck ring and 12 bolts along the edge of the breastplate. The top and bottom area secured via 4 bolts. Companies like A.J. Morse and Schrader would make helmets like this in the 19th Century, which is probably where the makers of this helmet got their inspiration.

Coming in at 47 lbs., the copper body is certainly hand formed and

actually multiple layers. Upon close inspection, especially on the

inside, it’s fascinating to see how the individual made this helmet

functional. All the hardware including the window frames are brass.

The only part not brass or copper is the brails - which are steel.

When the bonnet and breastplate are separated a leather gasket is

still present at the neck ring. All the old glass is intact and certainly

the original. The front window does thread off, just like a Morse or

Schrader would. All the brass threads are in good shape, all the nuts

rotate with ease. There are absolutely no markings or names to

indicate who made this helmet or who had the guts to use it. This

helmet is scary to put on your head on dry land - just image going

into the water trusting it - but someone certainly did, many times!

Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email

about helmets like this!

helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

Great Depression Era Homemade

Shallow Water Diving Helmet!

During the Great Depression (1929-1939) purchasing a new or even used diving helmet was a big stretch for most people. In September of 1932 Popular Mechanics published an article on how to make your own diving helmet! The result was people around the United States fabricating their own shallow water helmets from material they had available. One of the most popular household items converted into a diving helmet body was a water heater. This helmet is a classic example of one of those Great Depression era helmets made from the top section of a water heater!  A large window was constructed directly on the front. Handles were welded to each side, lead weights also welded around the body of the helmet and then some rubber hose lines the bottom edge. The helmets simplicity and homemade ingenuity are what makes it special. The helmet is also in original untouched condition. We literally pulled it out of a barn in Illinois! Antique diving helmets are a guaranteed conversation piece - this one will no doubt leave everyone asking questions while many will be secretly wondering how they can add one to their collection! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

Big Collection Just In! Oct. 20th We Will Have Over 25 Diving Helmets & Lots Of Equipment For Sale! Make Sure You Are On Our Email Contact List!
Make sure and join our client contact list to be notified first when all the details of this amazing collection are available!
SOLD!