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Updated 11-21-2017 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 

Kirby Morgan KMB 8 ½ Band Mask In Box!

This band mask made by Kirby Morgan appears to be a rarely seen KMB 8 ½ model. This model was made in 1969 and 1970 and was licensed for manufacturer by US Divers. This mask comes in the original metal shipping box with US Divers decal still present. The mask is well used and in original condition. Included with the mask is the hood, 5 point rubber band, mounting rings and communication connector. We are selling this vintage mask as a display piece only as it would certainly require restoration to be ready for actual diving. We have photos of all other items mentioned above that we are happy to email. We will ship mask and parts in the original shipping box inside an outer cardboard box. 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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Russian 3 Bolt Display / Replica Helmet

This is a very nice replica or display of a 3 bolt 3 light Russian diving helmet. This basic design represents the classic Russian helmet, even down to the ID plate on the breastplate. The helmet is light weight and would make a great economical display piece. Overall it is in excellent condition with glass present in all three windows. This helmet lends itself well to just about any unique idea where an authentic helmet may not be appropriate. 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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Vintage DESCO “Jack Browne” Mask!

Here is a classic full face mask made by DESCO! Referred to as the “Jack Browne” mask or as a commercial free flow mask, these have been important tools since World War 2. This mask is in very good used original condition. Marked DESCO at the top and having the former divers name on it, everything seems to be in good condition. Please keep in mind we are selling this as a collectible and not a ready to use diving mask. Overall, the mask has been kept in very good condition over the 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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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
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Craftsweld 12 Bolt Commercial Dive Suit!

Do you have a vintage A. Schrader’s Son or Craftsweld diving helmet? If so, this is a rare opportunity to own a matching 12 bolt diving dress! Starting in the 1950’s Craftsweld purchased the A. Schrader’s Son company who was then owned by Scovill. This is a very difficult to find diving dress that is in excellent condition. It difficult to tell if it was ever used or not. While the original stamping is quite faded, it does have the Craftsweld name on the inside collar. While the suits for the Mark V were made in the tens of thousands and are even quite difficult to find in good condition, a stamped commercial diving dress like this is nearly non-existent. The canvas and rubber are not dry. We are selling this as a display only and not a usable suit. 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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Add To Your Diving History & Reference Library

We only have 1 copy of these excellent and difficult to find books below. Many of these are now rare

titles that are out of print. Prices include shipping within contiguous US. We can combine shipping to

save you a lot! These make great holiday gifts!

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A Pictorial History of Diving Hardcover book measures 12.25” by 9.25” with 149 pages printed in 1988. A very difficult book to find, full of great photos of all kinds of diving equipment. The original dust jacket has a small piece missing from the bottom. Great coffee table book & reference. $165
Deep Diving & Submarine Operations by Robert Davis This 2 volume boxed set was published to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Siebe Gorman company. Over 700 pages and printed in a limited #ed run, this one is #1256  out of 1500 made. This is a very important reference book for the collector and diving historian.  $135
Hard Hat Divers Wear Dresses by Bob Kirby Fantastic hardcover book! Measures 11.5” by 8.75” with 262 pages printed in 2002. This one is signed by Bob Kirby as well. Filled with great stories and information on Kirby helmets as well. $85
American Dive Catalog Collection by Ray Mathieson Hardcover book, measures 11.5” by 8.75” with 424 pages. If you collect antique diving helmets made in the US and Canada - then this book is a MUST HAVE! It is filled with reprints of the original catalogs by companies such as Morse, Schrader, DESCO and more. We have used our copy for years for reference! $70
Diving With & Without Armor - Submarine Exploits - 1859 If you have an interest in the history of diving and helmets, this account of diving in the mid 1800’s is a must have in your collection. This book is the most accurate reprint of the original ever made. The binding with cotton thread was even used like the original. The author, J.B. Green was one of the first divers and went down to 150’ in the Atlantic in the 1800’s. He was later crippled at the young age of 29. Later he wrote and published this book, selling them for 25 cents on a street corner in New York. Really a fascinating read and a handsome historical addition to any library. Books are $29.50 each shipping included within the United States.
The Divinhood Miller Dunn Book

The Divinhood by Peter Jackson 

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. 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! Like the few other excellent diving helmet reference books, this one is going to be quite scarce and valuable in the near future.

                 

1943 US Navy Diving Manual This is a reprint of the World War II era US Navy diving manual. At first glance this may not seem like an exciting read, but it is a great reference book. Full of all the information I diver would need, it also has some great photos and details that will come in handy when buying a Mark V or any related items!
Sea Dwellers - Humor, Drama & Tragedy of the US Navy SEALAB Program The title says it all with this wonderful book. Written by US Navy diver Bob Barth and a forward by Scott Carpenter (the only aquanaut and astronaut). This book is a great read and not found often! $27.99
The Master Diver and Underwater Sportsman - by Capt. T.A. Hampton A 1955 classic in hardcover with original dust jacket. This early book covers hardhat diving as well as early SCUBA. Capt. Hampton was a diver in the UK who was one of the first to develop SCUBA in the UK. Not an easy book to find! $49.99
Shallow Water Diving & Spearfishing Printed in 1954, this 251 page book was authored by Henry Kendall and Hilbert Schenck Jr. Not to many titles like this covering shallow water diving and spearfishing. Original dust jacket intact! $49.99

Antique Diving Helmet Display Stand - Bullhead!

Do you need a way to safely display your antique deep sea diving helmet?  

$210 Includes FedEx Shipping Within Contiguous US The Bullhead antique diving helmet display stand is made of solid steel and re-bar and then powder coated. This antique diving helmet display stand will not only properly and safely display your prized antique diving helmet but give you a consistent appearance among your collection. The Bullhead stand is extremely durable and made to be as tough as the antique diving helmets they display. Nation’s Attic is the only manufacturer and source of these unique stands. These stands will never break and the rock hard powder coated paint will last a lifetime. The paint is called copper vein and gives the stand a very clean yet classic look. We use a vintage style hemp rope on the shoulders to protect not only the stand but also the surface of the helmet.   Don’t take the risk of a helmet sliding off and damaging the helmet or even worse, injuring someone. The Bullhead display stand will not only support your antique diving helmet, but prevent it from rocking back or forth and prevent it from sliding off. This is the only stand Nation’s Attic uses when displaying and photographing helmets. We have sent these stands around the world. They are being used in some of the greatest collections in the world as well as museums. Display your helmet in style and safety!
Steelhead Diving Helmet Display Stand

Antique Diving Helmet Display Stand - Steelhead!

Our Original Heavy Duty & Inconspicuous Stand!   

$170 Includes FedEx Shipping Within Contiguous US The Steelhead antique diving helmet display stand is made of solid steel and then powder coated. This antique diving helmet display stand will not only properly and safely display your prized antique diving helmet but give you a consistent appearance among your collection. The Steelhead stand is extremely durable and made to be as tough as the antique diving helmets they display. Nation’s Attic is the only manufacturer and source of these unique stands. These stands will never break and the rock hard powder coated paint will last a lifetime. The paint is called hammertone black and gives the stand a very clean yet classic look. We use a vintage style hemp rope on the shoulders to protect not only the stand but also the surface of the helmet.   Don’t take the risk of a helmet sliding off and damaging the helmet or even worse, injuring someone. The Steelhead display stand will not only support your antique diving helmet, but prevent it from rocking back or forth and help prevent it from sliding off the front or back. The Steelhead is designed to do its job without really being seen. Only $170 which includes FedEx Shipping Within the Contiguous United States
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Nation's Attic, Inc., Antiques  Dealers, Wichita, KS

What’s For Sale! 

Updated 11-21-2017 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 
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Russian 3 Bolt Display / Replica Helmet

This is a very nice replica or display of a 3 bolt 3 light Russian diving helmet. This basic design represents the classic Russian helmet, even down to the ID plate on the breastplate. The helmet is light weight and would make a great economical display piece. Overall it is in excellent condition with glass present in all three windows. This helmet lends itself well to just about any unique idea where an authentic helmet may not be appropriate. 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

                 

Bob Ratcliffe “Rat Hat” 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 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

                 

Kirby Morgan KMB 8 ½ Band Mask In Box!

This band mask made by Kirby Morgan appears to be a rarely seen KMB 8 ½ model. This model was made in 1969 and 1970 and was licensed for manufacturer by US Divers. This mask comes in the original metal shipping box with US Divers decal still present. The mask is well used and in original condition. Included with the mask is the hood, 5 point rubber band, mounting rings and communication connector. We are selling this vintage mask as a display piece only as it would certainly require restoration to be ready for actual diving. We have photos of all other items mentioned above that we are happy to email. We will ship mask and parts in the original shipping box inside a outer cardboard box. 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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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

Craftsweld 12 Bolt Commercial Dive Suit!

Do you have a vintage A. Schrader’s Son or Craftsweld diving helmet? If so, this is a rare opportunity to own a matching 12 bolt diving dress! Starting in the 1930’s Craftsweld purchased the A. Schrader’s Son company. If you look at the WWII Schrader Mark V’s you will see the Craftsweld name on the ID plate. This is a very difficult to find diving dress that is in excellent condition. It difficult to tell if it was ever used or not. While the original stamping is quite faded, it does have the Craftsweld name on the inside collar. While the suits for the Mark V were made in the tens of thousands and are even quite difficult to find in good condition, a stamped commercial diving dress like this is nearly non-existent. The canvas and rubber are not dry. We are selling this as a display only and not a usable suit. 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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1941 Schrader Mark V Air Control Valve

“Whip” w/ Navy Inspection Stamp!

These are always difficult to find - especially ones that are dated, have a makers name and have the US Navy stamp on them! This air control valve looks like it was used during the war and then put away just as you see it. The valve is stamped Schrader with a US Navy inspection stamp below it. The rubber hose is clearly marked United States Rubber with a date of 12-41. If you have a Mark V and want to add that final touch to the display - here is your chance to own a great example! 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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Antique Diving Helmet Display

Stand - Bullhead!

Do you need a way to safely display your

antique deep sea diving helmet?  

$210 Includes FedEx Shipping Within Contiguous US The Bullhead antique diving helmet display stand is made of solid steel and re-bar and then powder coated. This antique diving helmet display stand will not only properly and safely display your prized antique diving helmet but give you a consistent appearance among your collection. The Bullhead stand is extremely durable and made to be as tough as the antique diving helmets they display. Nation’s Attic is the only manufacturer and source of these unique stands. These stands will never break and the rock hard powder coated paint will last a lifetime. The paint is called copper vein and gives the stand a very clean yet classic look. We use a vintage style hemp rope on the shoulders to protect not only the stand but also the surface of the helmet.   Don’t take the risk of a helmet sliding off and damaging the helmet or even worse, injuring someone. The Bullhead display stand will not only support your antique diving helmet, but prevent it from rocking back or forth and prevent it from sliding off. This is the only stand Nation’s Attic uses when displaying and photographing helmets. We have sent these stands around the world. They are being used in some of the greatest collections in the world as well as museums. Display your helmet in style and safety!
Steelhead Diving Helmet Display Stand

Antique Diving Helmet Display

Stand - Steelhead!

Our Original Heavy Duty Stand!   

$170 Includes FedEx Shipping Within Contiguous US The Steelhead antique diving helmet display stand is made of solid steel and then powder coated. This antique diving helmet display stand will not only properly and safely display your prized antique diving helmet but give you a consistent appearance among your collection. The Steelhead stand is extremely durable and made to be as tough as the antique diving helmets they display. Nation’s Attic is the only manufacturer and source of these unique stands. These stands will never break and the rock hard powder coated paint will last a lifetime. The paint is called hammertone black and gives the stand a very clean yet classic look. We use a vintage style hemp rope on the shoulders to protect not only the stand but also the surface of the helmet.   Don’t take the risk of a helmet sliding off and damaging the helmet or even worse, injuring someone. The Steelhead display stand will not only support your antique diving helmet, but prevent it from rocking back or forth and help prevent it from sliding off the front or back. The Steelhead is designed to do its job without really being seen.

Vintage DESCO “Jack Browne” Mask!

Here is a classic full face mask made by DESCO! Referred to as the “Jack Browne” mask or as a commercial free flow mask, these have been important tools since World War 2. This mask is in very good used original condition. Marked DESCO at the top and having the former divers name on it, everything seems to be in good condition. Please keep in mind we are selling this as a collectible and not a ready to use diving mask. Overall, the mask has been kept in very good condition over the 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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