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1916 Miller Dunn Divinhood Style 1 Shallow Water Diving Helmet! 

This helmet is a Dunn Divinhood or more commonly called a Miller Dunn Style 1 Shallow Water helmet. These were made in Miami, FL starting around 1916. Before this helmet, there was no diving helmet being made by a company for shallow water use. The Style 1 Miller Dunn would not only be used by the US military but also by individuals working on boats, underwater photographers for still photos and movies plus researchers who hadn’t had a way to view marine life in its natural habitat. Suffice to say this invention and it’s subsequent updated models opened the sea up to everyone. It also allowed for the rescue of lots of golf balls hit into pounds, plus countless other jobs! The Style 1 Miller Dunn helmet is not a large item and it’s not heavy either. Made with a simply copper body a large majority of these have been destroyed or scrapped in the last 100 years. This example has a wonderful patina and is very presentable. This model represent the very beginning of shallow water diving and the key piece to a Miller Dunn collection! 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 US Navy Miller Dunn Style 3 Divinhood Helmet w/ Rare Option! 

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. This helmet is a early example with flat head screws used to secure the window guards - later examples in WWII used round head brass screws. While these features make the helmet interesting it also has something very unique we have never seen before….. At some point either during WWII or after, this helmet had communications hardware installed professionally. In the photo above you will notice the communication cup on the top along with a fitting for the speaker wire lower down. Both parts are stamped Craftsweld, who owned Schrader (maker of the Mark V).  The helmet does retain the correct style of original paint so it’s safe to assume the communications was installed during the helmets original use. We have found reference to Miller Dunn offering to add communication to their helmets for a substantial additional fee! The helmet overall is a wonderful example perfect for display.  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

                 

Miller Dunn Divinhood Style 3 Helmet SOLD! Dunn Divinhood Diving Helmet 1930's Homemade Antique Diving Helmet

Great Depression Era Homemade Shallow Water Helmet - 1 Of A Kind! 

During the late 1920’s and into the 1940’s much of the world was caught in the Great Depression including the United States. During this time many sacrifices were made by almost everyone, including divers. If you couldn’t afford a brand new shallow water diving helmet from Miller Dunn or even a used one, then you had to make you own! The general public was given the instructions to do just that in a magazine titled Popular Mechanics during the 1930’s. Here is a link to actual scanned magazine! This piece of individual ingenuity was made during this difficult time period in the US. Homemade diving helmets were actually made by lots of people. This one was constructed from a 20 gallon water heater with lead melted and formed around the lower front and back. The rectangle window was soldered in and the two handles and air fitting were installed as well. While crude in appearance it is also quite impressive knowing this was a functional helmet someone used to make or supplement a living. 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

                 

Shallow Water Fancy Antique Homemade Diving Helmet SOLD!

Impressive Homemade Shallow Water Helmet - Very Unique! 

During the late 1920’s and into the 1940’s much of the world was caught in the Great Depression including the United States. During this time many sacrifices were made by almost everyone, including divers. If you couldn’t afford a brand new shallow water diving helmet from Miller Dunn or even a used one, then you had to make you own! The general public was given the instructions to do just that in a magazine titled Popular Mechanics during the 1930’s. Here is a link to actual scanned magazine! This piece of individual ingenuity was probably made after World War 2. The use of acrylic glass (Plexiglas) on this helmet and nylon locknut’s around the window’s lead to this conclusion. The helmet body is made of a type of steel with lead blocks secured on the front and back. A handle is located on top and a air fitting on the side. At some point the body of the helmet was given a very tasteful and professional faux patina that was then clear coated. This resulted in the helmet have a wonderful look while also being very clean visually and to the touch. 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

                 

Snead Co Style 2 Shallow Water Antique Diving Helmet SOLD!

Solid Cast Iron Snead Style 2 Shallow Water Diving Helmet! 

The Snead Company was located in Jersey City, New Jersey. This company made for the E.J. Willis company a series of four

different shallow water diving helmets during the 1930’s into the 1950’s. These helmets were made of solid cast iron with each

style being similar in appearance but also slightly different. This example is a Style 2 with it’s unique large seam along the sides

and top. The air fitting is located at the front above the window. The helmet is in great condition, currently does not have the

Plexiglas window.

Snead helmets like this are fun to collect and when checked out by a certified dive shop, lots of fun to use! 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

                 

Snead Co. Style 3 Shallow Water Diving Helmet - E.J. Willis 

The Snead Company was located in Jersey City, New Jersey. This company made for the E.J. Willis company a series of four different

shallow water diving helmets during the 1930’s into the 1950’s. These helmets were made of solid cast iron with each style being

similar in appearance but also slightly different. This example is a Style 3 with a very clean look. This style was their best seller by

far. The helmet is in great condition, currently does not have the Plexiglas window. Snead helmets like this are fun to collect and

when checked out by a certified dive shop, lots of fun to use! 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

                 

Snead Co Antique Style 3 Diving Helmet SOLD!

1945 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet - Classic WW2 Example By DESCO! 

Without a doubt the US Navy Mark V diving helmet is a popular helmet with collectors. We have this classic World War 2 example made by Diving Equipment & Salvage Company in February of 1945. This helmet does have a US Navy inspection stamp on the ID plate and is also serial #’s matching! This helmet spent it’s “post WW2” years in Argentina. It’s possible the helmet was sold to that country after WWII or a commercial diver purchased it as war surplus. Regardless, the family who owned it for decades recently moved to the US and sold it to us. The helmet is complete with all window guards, brails and 11 or 12 wing nuts. The bonnet and breastplate are #’s matching. A communications fitting cap is present as well as a DESCO non-return valve with a US Navy stamp on it. Overall the helmet has a nice patina with color variations in the copy body due to salt water use. The top window is pushed in slightly and there are some working dents on the bonnet, but none severe or going through the copy body. 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

                 

Mark V US Navy Helmet Diving Equipment and Salvage SOLD!

Miller Dunn Divinhood Style 2 Antique Shallow Water Diving Helmet!

This is the second of the popular Miller Dunn shallow water diving helmets made by the company. Miller Dunn was located in Miami, Florida. During the 1920’s and right before WWII they produced the Divinhood Style 2. This copper and brass helmet has a very unique look. As stated on the tag, these were the Navy standard shallow water helmet during the time period. This specific helmet is a great original example. The window guards are present along with the original glass, which is cracked. The copper body is in great condition with no major dents or dings. There is some surface scratching present. These helmets are a wonderful display item! 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

                 

Miller Dunn Style 2 Divinhood Diving Helmet Divinhood Style 2 Diving Helmet Tag

US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet - aka “The Widow Maker”

 Amazing Condition - Wonderful History - 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 Mark V helium helmets were very expensive to produce and generally only the US Navy ordered them. A large majority of these were ordered 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. This helmet is dated March 1970 and was made by Diving Equipment & Supply Co (DESCO). The helmet is complete and serial #'s matching! DESCO placed the serial # on the ID plate, inside & outside neck ring, all four brails, brass canister and canister nut. 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

                 

Diving Equipment Supply Mark V Helium Helmet
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Antique & Vintage Diving Helmets Sold Archive Page 5

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 

1916 Miller Dunn Divinhood Style 1

Shallow Water Diving Helmet! 

This helmet is a Dunn Divinhood or more commonly called a Miller Dunn Style 1 Shallow Water helmet. These were made in Miami, FL starting around 1916. Before this helmet, there was no diving helmet being made by a company for shallow water use. The Style 1 Miller Dunn would not only be used by the US military but also by individuals working on boats, underwater photographers for still photos and movies plus researchers who hadn’t had a way to view marine life in its natural habitat. Suffice to say this invention and it’s subsequent updated models opened the sea up to everyone. It also allowed for the rescue of lots of golf balls hit into pounds, plus countless other jobs! The Style 1 Miller Dunn helmet is not a large item and it’s not heavy either. Made with a simply copper body a large majority of these have been destroyed or scrapped in the last 100 years. This example has a wonderful patina and is very presentable. This model represent the very beginning of shallow water diving and the key piece to a Miller Dunn 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

                 

 WW2 US Navy Miller Dunn Style 3

Divinhood Helmet w/ Rare Option! 

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. This helmet is a early example with flat head screws used to secure the window guards - later examples in WWII used round head brass screws. While these features make the helmet interesting it also has something very unique we have never seen before….. At some point either during WWII or after, this helmet had communications hardware installed professionally. In the photo above you will notice the communication cup on the top along with a fitting for the speaker wire lower down. Both parts are stamped Craftsweld, who owned Schrader (maker of the Mark V).  The helmet does retain the correct style of original paint so it’s safe to assume the communications was installed during the helmets original use. We have found reference to Miller Dunn offering to add communication to their helmets for a substantial additional fee! The helmet overall is a wonderful example perfect for display.  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 Helmet - 1 Of A Kind! 

During the late 1920’s and into the 1940’s much of the world was caught in the Great Depression including the United States. During this time many sacrifices were made by almost everyone, including divers. If you couldn’t afford a brand new shallow water diving helmet from Miller Dunn or even a used one, then you had to make you own! The general public was given the instructions to do just that in a magazine titled Popular Mechanics during the 1930’s. Here is a link to actual scanned magazine! This piece of individual ingenuity was made during this difficult time period in the US. Homemade diving helmets were actually made by lots of people. This one was constructed from a 20 gallon water heater with lead melted and formed around the lower front and back. The rectangle window was soldered in and the two handles and air fitting were installed as well. While crude in appearance it is also quite impressive knowing this was a functional helmet someone used to make or supplement a living. 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

 Impressive Homemade Shallow

Water Helmet - Very Unique! 

During the late 1920’s and into the 1940’s much of the world was caught in the Great Depression including the United States. During this time many sacrifices were made by almost everyone, including divers. If you couldn’t afford a brand new shallow water diving helmet from Miller Dunn or even a used one, then you had to make you own! The general public was given the instructions to do just that in a magazine titled Popular Mechanics during the 1930’s. Here is a link to actual scanned magazine! This piece of individual ingenuity was probably made after World War 2. The use of acrylic glass (Plexiglas) on this helmet and nylon locknut’s around the window’s lead to this conclusion. The helmet body is made of a type of steel with lead blocks secured on the front and back. A handle is located on top and a air fitting on the side. At some point the body of the helmet was given a very tasteful and professional faux patina that was then clear coated. This resulted in the helmet have a wonderful look while also being very clean visually and to the touch. 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

                

Dunn Divinhood 1916 Diving Helmet SOLD! Miller Dunn Divinhood Style 3 Helmet SOLD! 1930's Homemade Antique Diving Helmet SOLD! Shallow Water Fancy Antique Homemade Diving Helmet SOLD! Snead Co Style 2 Shallow Water Antique Diving Helmet SOLD!

Solid Cast Iron Snead Style 2 Shallow

Water Diving Helmet! 

The Snead Company was located in Jersey City, New Jersey. This

company made for the E.J. Willis company a series of four

different shallow water diving helmets during the 1930’s into the

1950’s. These helmets were made of solid cast iron with each

style being similar in appearance but also slightly different. This

example is a Style 2 with it’s unique large seam along the sides

and top. The air fitting is located at the front above the window.

The helmet is in great condition, currently does not have the

Plexiglas window.

Snead helmets like this are fun to collect and when checked out

by a certified dive shop, lots of fun to use!

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

                 

Snead Co Antique Style 3 Diving Helmet

Snead Co. Style 3 Shallow Water

Diving Helmet - E.J. Willis 

The Snead Company was located in Jersey City, New Jersey. This

company made for the E.J. Willis company a series of four

different shallow water diving helmets during the 1930’s into the

1950’s. These helmets were made of solid cast iron with each

style being similar in appearance but also slightly different. This

example is a Style 3 with a very clean look. This style was their

best seller by far. The helmet is in great condition, currently does

not have the Plexiglas window. Snead helmets like this are fun to

collect and when checked out by a certified dive shop, lots of fun

to use!

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

                 

Mark V US Navy Helmet Diving Equipment and Salvage SOLD!

1945 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet

- Classic WW2 Example By DESCO! 

Without a doubt the US Navy Mark V diving helmet is a popular helmet with collectors. We have this classic World War 2 example made by Diving Equipment & Salvage Company in February of 1945. This helmet does have a US Navy inspection stamp on the ID plate and is also serial #’s matching! This helmet spent it’s “post WW2” years in Argentina. It’s possible the helmet was sold to that country after WWII or a commercial diver purchased it as war surplus. Regardless, the family who owned it for decades recently moved to the US and sold it to us. The helmet is complete with all window guards, brails and 11 or 12 wing nuts. The bonnet and breastplate are #’s matching. A communications fitting cap is present as well as a DESCO non-return valve with a US Navy stamp on it. Overall the helmet has a nice patina with color variations in the copy body due to salt water use. The top window is pushed in slightly and there are some working dents on the bonnet, but none severe or going through the copy body. 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

                 

Miller Dunn Style 2 Divinhood Diving Helmet

Miller Dunn Divinhood Style 2

Antique Shallow Water Helmet!

This is the second of the popular Miller Dunn shallow water diving helmets made by the company. Miller Dunn was located in Miami, Florida. During the 1920’s and right before WWII they produced the Divinhood Style 2. This copper and brass helmet has a very unique look. As stated on the tag, these were the Navy standard shallow water helmet during the time period. This specific helmet is a great original example. These helmets are a wonderful display item! 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!
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Antique & Vintage Diving Helmets

Sold Archive Page 5

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