AJ Morse Successors Antique Diving Helmet SOLD!

1939 A.J. Morse & Son’s “Successors” Antique Diving Helmet! 

This is a very interesting antique diving helmet made by the Morse Diving Equipment Company Inc. “Successors”.  The helmet has the classic A.J. Morse & Son oval badge on it but bellow that is a unique brass badge that says Morse Diving Equipment Co Inc; Successors. Leading up to World War 2 Morse was primarily producing the Model 15 shallow water helmet and the Mark V for the US Government. They also would make various other models for commercial divers, but on a very limited basis at this time. This helmet is a Neck Feed model that at some point has been converted to a traditional bonnet air feed helmet. Overall the helmet has a wonderful patina with the original tinning still present. 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

                 

Unique A.J. Morse & Son 4 Light 12 Bolt Antique Diving Helmet 1899 / 1936!

We had the honor of turning up this very unique and classic A.J. Morse & Son antique diving helmet! This style of helmet was used by commercial divers during the late 1800’s and into the mid 1900’s. This example is quite unusual for a number of reasons plus we were able to discover some fascinating history on this specific helmet as well!  Upon first inspection of this helmet it appears to be a classic example of a commercial helmet. With further research via the serial numbers we discovered this helmet was first made around 1899! The four brails on the helmet are original but have differing serial numbers. While very close but different serial #s are not uncommon the neck ring on the bonnet has a much different #. This # allowed us to find the original notes made by Morse when this helmet was sent in to be “rebuilt from bolt type” on March 19, 1936. The notes from Morse also have the owners name and address as well! This information tells us that the helmet was original a bolt type, meaning it had 4 or 5 large bolts that secured the bonnet to the breastplate. This technique of sealing the two parts fell out of favor with divers in the 20th Century, hence why this helmet was updated or converted to it’s current style.   View Video Of This 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

                 

A.J. Morse & Son 1899 Diving Helmet SOLD! World War 2 Miller Dunn Divinhood Style 3 Helmet SOLD!

WWII Miller Dunn Divinhood Style 3 Shallow Water Diving Helmet! 

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! The helmet does retain almost all of it’s original paint that was applied at the Miller Dunn factory. Under the paint is a copper body with brass guards. The original glass in present on the sides and top, the front glass was replaced by us and is the correct ¼” thick style. The top glass does have a hairline crack, but the glass is still solid and strong. We purchased this helmet from a Navy veteran. While serving on a base during the 1960’s in Southern California he noticed a dumpster filled to the top with something unique looking. As he inspected he found the dumpster to be completely full of these Miller Dunn helmets! He grabbed the best one on the top and took it home. After all these years it was now time to let it go and let us find a new home for it. He now wishes he would have just took the entire dumpster home! 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

                 

A. Schrader’s Son Classic 3 Light 12 Bolt Diving Helmet - Brooklyn, NY!

We had the pleasure of discovering this helmet on the east coast of the US recently and couldn’t wait clean the dust off and show our customers! This is a wonderful example of a classic early 1930’s A. Schrader’s Son diving helmet used for commercial diving. During the Great Depression there were not a large amount of diving helmets made for commercial divers, or for that mater the military either! On occasion we will turn-up those helmets, this being one of them with wonderful eye appeal! Schrader offered their standard commercial helmet along with the US Navy Mark V in the 1930’s. The commercial helmets could be ordered with a number of different options and even in custom configurations. This helmet represents the classic standard style with communications, 3 Lights or windows and 12 bolts with four brails, air fitting on the back. With one quick look this helmet obviously took part in lots of underwater jobs - which makes it even more special! The communications cup was moved from the back to the front at some point, which was common. All the hardware and fittings are present. The front window is cracked but we decided not to have that glass replaced. One can only imagine just how frightening it would have been to crack that glass while working deep underwater! Please view the YouTube video below for additional information. View Video Of This Helmet Below! 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! 1916 AJ Morse Diving Helmet Bonnet

1916-17 A.J. Morse & Son Antique Diving Helmet Bonnet - Special Order! 

In October we had the joy of finding and purchasing some antique diving equipment from the family of a commercial diver. This diver worked in and around the Mississippi River with his home in St. Louis, MO. This helmet was part of his equipment but it had not been used in decades despite it’s excellent original condition. The breastplate is gone which is possibly why the bonnet has remained in such good condition after nearly 100 years. This helmet is very interesting in it’s design. Made during World War 1 and also during the first years of Mark V production, this helmet was apparently special ordered. The first clue is the side windows, which are the type used on Mark V’s. These did not become standard on commercial helmets until around 1925! Also, the exhaust valve on the front is in a unique position. Obviously the person who special ordered this helmet was quite experienced and had good reasons for these custom specifications. The bonnet itself is in amazing condition! Beautiful original tinning, all hardware intact, glass looks great, serial # easy to read, vents present inside, no big dents or issues at all! We will include the helmets history along with serial # information on the custom COA that accompanies this 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

                 

SOLD! SOLD! Morse Diving Equipment Co Inc Successors Helmet
Morse Diving Equipment Co Inc Successors Helmet Tag

1942 Morse Diving Equipment Co. Inc. “Successors” Antique Diving Helmet! 

Used for countless diving jobs in the Mississippi River around St. Louis, MO during the 1940’s and 1950’s! This is a very interesting and classic antique diving helmet made by the Morse Diving Equipment Company Inc. “Successors”. That name may sound a tad drawn out and there is a reason for that. This helmet was made during a transitional period for the company. The helmet features a unique brass badge that says Morse Diving Equipment Co Inc; Successors. As World War 2 was starting, Morse would become one of the primary suppliers of deep water and shallow water helmets for the US Navy, primarily the Model 15 shallow water helmet and the Mark V. They also would make various other models for commercial divers, but on a very limited basis at this time. This particular helmet is one of those few! According to our research this helmet was made in the Spring of 1942. The serial #’s on this helmet do match including all four brails. The helmet features a rich patina and has the undeniable look and feel of a helmet that’s been used yet well taken care of. The helmet was serviced sometime after WWII by Craftsweld in New York. The communications fitting on the back was moved and a different fitting installed, which is marked by them. All the external hardware is present and all the glass is fine original condition. The air vents inside the bonnet have been removed. The bonnet has hundreds of small working dents, giving the helmet a fantastic look and feel. The breast plate is pushed in slightly and evenly directly under the neck ring. This does not affect the bonnets fit and really the visual appearance of the helmet either. We have lots of photos we can email and a video above. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call, email or text with any questions. 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!

WWII Mark V Dive Knife - Ka-Bar Union Cutlery - New Old Stock!

On occasion we will find a really nice Mark V dive knife. In this case, we have a wonderful and seldom seen new old stock Mark V dive knife made by Union Cutlery - Ka-Bar! This knife is still coated in the old cosmoline, which is a rust preventative the US military used primarily on firearms. This knife has it’s original heavy brass scabbard, leather strap and turned wood handle. It’s a safe bet the knife was purchased as WWII surplus and then simply never used. We did not want to remove the old cosmoline in order to retain its original state, but if it were cleaned off it would probably look amazing! These unique dive knifes look great next to a helmet and this rare example will only keep increasing in value. 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! Ka-Bar Mark V Dive Knife Scabbard

1976 US Navy Mark V - DESCO

Many people do not realize the Mark V was made for and used by the US Navy into the mid 1980’s! With the large number of Mark V’s made during WWII there was generally always a surplus of them available decades after the war. Commercial divers purchased many of the WWII surplus Mark V’s as well, making demand for newly made helmets very low. This 100% authentic Mark V was made by Diving Equipment & Supply Company (DESCO) in 1976. The helmet was used by a commercial diver in Wisconsin during the 1970’s and then carefully put away. The helmet is still in excellent original condition and complete! As a mater of fact, this helmet could easily me made into a show piece by simply polishing the brass hardware to a shine. The helmet is serial #’s matching, all four brails are present along with 12 wing nuts. The non-return valve is present and a speaker circa 1970’s is installed. The DESCO ID plate on the front is clear with the exception of the year, which has a dent in that area. We did confirm with DESCO the serial # and were able to pin down the year. 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!

1943 US Navy Mark V - Miller Dunn - #79! 

During the entire production run of the Mark V for the US Government, there were only 4 manufactures. During World War 2 the Miller Dunn Company in Miami, FL received a relatively very small contract to make a batch of Mark V’s.  The helmet’s breastplate shows it as being made on August 1st, 1943 and being serial #79. To our surprise we found that the bonnet is not the same serial # - but it’s actually serial #9 - wow! In most cases we want the #’s to match, but actually having the bonnet being the 9th ever made is historic. Virtually untouched with a great history, great back story and true rarity you just can’t go wrong with this one! The only flaw we can find is the back edge of the breastplate is pushed in very slightly, but is almost impossible to detect. Other than small issue, really a one of a kind amazing 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

                 

SOLD!
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Antique & Vintage Diving Helmets Sold Archive Page 4

As notable antique diving helmets are sold we have decided to list a photo, brief description and at times

a video on the helmet. Many of the antique helmets we sell are quite interesting or rarely seen, so having

this archive as a service to our customers will hopefully help your research and inspiration for future

additions to your collection!  Would you like to be notified when future antique diving helmets are for

sale? Please join our client list!

Do you have a antique diving helmet like one shown on this page? We are always interesting in hearing

about yours, please call / text 316-371-1828 or email helmets@nationsattic.com 

AJ Morse Successors Antique Diving Helmet SOLD!

1939 A.J. Morse & Son’s “Successors”

Antique Diving Helmet! 

This is a very interesting antique diving helmet made by the Morse Diving Equipment Company Inc. “Successors”.  The helmet has the classic A.J. Morse & Son oval badge on it but bellow that is a unique brass badge that says Morse Diving Equipment Co Inc; Successors. Leading up to World War 2 Morse was primarily producing the Model 15 shallow water helmet and the Mark V for the US Government. They also would make various other models for commercial divers, but on a very limited basis at this time. This helmet is a Neck Feed model that at some point has been converted to a traditional bonnet air feed helmet. Overall the helmet has a wonderful patina with the original tinning still present. 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!

A.J. Morse & Son 4 Light 12 Bolt

Antique Diving Helmet 1899 / 1936!

We had the honor of turning up this very unique and classic A.J. Morse & Son antique diving helmet! This style of helmet was used by commercial divers during the late 1800’s and into the mid 1900’s. This example is quite unusual for a number of reasons plus we were able to discover some fascinating history on this specific helmet as well!  Upon first inspection it appears to be a classic example of a commercial helmet. With further research via the serial numbers we discovered this helmet was first made around 1899! The four brails on the helmet are original but have differing serial numbers. While very close but different serial #s are not uncommon the neck ring on the bonnet has a much different #. This # allowed us to find the original notes made by Morse when this helmet was sent in to be “rebuilt from bolt type” on March 19, 1936. The notes from Morse also have the owners name and address as well! This information tells us that the helmet was original a bolt type, meaning it had 4 or 5 large bolts that secured the bonnet to the breastplate. This technique of sealing the two parts fell out of favor with divers in the 20th Century, hence why this helmet was updated or converted to it’s current style.   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!

1942 Morse Diving Equipment Co Inc.

“Successors” Antique Diving Helmet! 

This is a very interesting and classic antique diving helmet made by the Morse Diving Equipment Company Inc. “Successors”. That name may sound a tad drawn out and there is a reason for that. This helmet was made during a transitional period for the company. The helmet features a unique brass badge that says Morse Diving Equipment Co Inc; Successors. As World War 2 was starting, Morse would become one of the primary suppliers of deep water and shallow water helmets for the US Navy, primarily the Model 15 shallow water helmet and the Mark V. They also would make various other models for commercial divers, but on a very limited basis at this time. This particular helmet is one of those few! According to our research this helmet was made in the Spring of 1942. The serial #’s on this helmet do match including all four brails. The helmet features a rich patina and has the undeniable look and feel of a helmet that’s been used yet well taken care of. This helmet was used by a commercial diver in the Mississippi River around the St. Louis, MO area. We purchased this helmet directly from the family of the original diver. We will include this information on the COA that accompanies 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

1916-17 A.J. Morse Antique Diving

Helmet Bonnet - Custom Order! 

We had the joy of finding and purchasing some antique diving equipment from the family of a commercial diver. This diver worked in and around the Mississippi River with his home in St. Louis, MO. This helmet was part of his equipment but it had not been used in decades despite it’s excellent original condition. The breastplate is gone which is possibly why the bonnet has remained in such good condition after nearly 100 years. This helmet is very interesting in it’s design. Made during World War 1 and also during the first years of Mark V production, this helmet was apparently special ordered. The first clue is the side windows, which are the type used on Mark V’s. These did not become standard on commercial helmets until around 1925! Also, the exhaust valve on the front is in a unique position. Obviously the person who special ordered this helmet was quite experienced and had good reasons for these custom specifications. 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!
WW2 Ka-Bar Mark V Dive Knife! On occasion we will find a really nice Mark V dive knife. In this case, we have a wonderful new old stock Mark V dive knife made by Union Cutlery - Ka-Bar! This knife is still coated in the old cosmoline, which is a rust preventative the US military used primarily on firearms. This knife has it’s original heavy brass scabbard, leather strap and turned wood handle. It’s a safe bet the knife was purchased as WWII surplus and then simply never used. We did not want to remove the old cosmoline in order to retain its original state, but if it were cleaned off it would probably look amazing! These unique dive knifes look great next to a helmet and this rare example will only keep increasing in value. 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!

A. Schrader’s Son Classic Antique

Diving Helmet - Brooklyn, NY! 

This is a wonderful example of a classic early 1930’s A. Schrader’s Son diving helmet. During the Great Depression there were not a large amount of diving helmets made for divers! This helmet obviously took part in lots of underwater jobs! The communications cup was moved from the back to the front at some point. All the hardware and fittings are present. The front window is cracked. One can only imagine just how frightening it would have been to crack that glass while working deep underwater! The A Schrader’s Son Brooklyn, NY ID Plate pre- dates the purchase by Scovill in 1935. Brails have similar #s to ID plate but not matching. The helmet has a great look and is complete! 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!

1976 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet

- Diving Equipment & Supply Co! 

Many people do not realize the Mark V was made for and used by the US Navy into the mid 1980’s! With the large number of Mark V’s made during WWII there was generally always a surplus of them available decades after the war. Commercial divers purchased many of the WWII surplus Mark V’s as well, making demand for newly made helmets very low. This 100% authentic Mark V was made by Diving Equipment & Supply Company (DESCO) in 1976. The helmet was used by a commercial diver in Wisconsin during the 1970’s and then carefully put away. The helmet is still in excellent original condition and complete! As a mater of fact, this helmet could easily me made into a show piece by simply polishing the brass hardware to a shine. The helmet is serial #’s matching, all four brails are present along with 12 wing nuts. The non-return valve is present and a speaker circa 1970’s is installed. The DESCO ID plate on the front is clear with the exception of the year, which has a dent in that area. We did confirm with DESCO the serial # and were able to pin down the year. 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

                 

1976 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet SOLD!

1943 US Navy Mark V - Miller Dunn! 

During the entire production run of the Mark V for the US Government, there were only 4 manufactures. During World War 2 the Miller Dunn Company in Miami, FL received a relatively very small contract to make a batch of Mark V’s.  The helmet’s breastplate shows it as being made on August 1st, 1943 and being serial #79. To our surprise we found that the bonnet is not the same serial # - but it’s actually serial #9 - wow! In most cases we want the #’s to match, but actually having the bonnet being the 9th ever made is historic. Virtually untouched with a great history, great back story and true rarity you just can’t go wrong with this one! The only flaw we can find is the back edge of the breastplate is pushed in very slightly, but is almost impossible to detect. Other than small issue, really a one of a kind amazing 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 & Vintage Diving Helmets

Sold Archive Page 4

As notable antique diving helmets are sold we have

decided to list a photo, brief description and at

times a video on the helmet. Many of the antique

helmets we sell are quite interesting or rarely seen,

so having this archive as a service to our customers

will hopefully help your research and inspiration

for future additions to your collection!  Would you

like to be notified when future antique diving

helmets are for sale? Please join our client list!

Do you have a antique diving helmet like one

shown on this page? We are always interesting in

hearing about yours, please call / text 316-371-1828 

or email helmets@nationsattic.com