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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A.J. Morse & Son Circa 1903 Neck Feed Diving Helmet!

Here is a wonderful and A.J. Morse & Son breast-plate feed model circa 1903! Originally this model cost $100 from the Morse

factory, the same price as a more commonly found model with the air fitting on the back of the bonnet. For various reasons Morse

helmets like this with the air going directly into the back of the breastplate neck ring were not as popular.

The helmet is a beautiful example with ALL SERIAL #’s MATCHING! Helmets of this vintage are difficult to find, with all four #s

matching brails and both neck ring #s matching. The neck feed helmets like this have a unique inner channel on the inside of the

neck ring. This is where the air traveled in the back and then came out the inside front of the neck.

The helmet is in very nice overall condition. There are some nominal working dents on the bonnet but nothing severe. A.J. Morse & Son helmets like this were typically ordered and then made on demand. While the history is lost of the adventures and jobs this helmet was part of - it is still an impressive item and a investment grade helmet. This rare helmet will come with a COA from Nation's Attic. 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

                 

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1910s A.J. Morse & Son’s Antique Diving Helmet - #’s Matching

Just recently discovered hidden away on a Pacific island is this very nice A.J. Morse & Son’s diving helmet! This helmet dates to the 1910’s and is full serial #’s matching. If this helmet could tell stories of its adventures and how it ended up so far from where it was made in Boston, MA is lost to history unfortunately. We will however make sure to document on our special certificates where this helmet was found and other important details. A popular term in collecting lately is “barn find”, meaning the item was found in the rough after being stored or hidden away for many years. That term would be accurate for this helmet and we have decided to offer in that same untouched condition, dusty glass and all! Most importantly this helmet has matching serial numbers at both neck rings and all four brails. All 12 wing nuts are present, all the glass is intact, air fitting, exhaust, vents and Morse ID plate all there. We have been unable to remove the bonnet from the breastplate - it has not been separated in many decades so it will take some time and more muscle than we have available! The visual appeal of the helmet is wonderful for a 100+ year old A.J. Morse 3 light 12 bolt model. 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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Morse Diving Mark V Diving Knife - Never Used & Serial Numbered !

Beautiful & unused Mark V diving knife made by Morse Diving Equipment Co. This knife has never seen the water and is perfect for display next to your Mark V. The blade is serial numbered, this one is #37. We are not sure when this one was made by Morse when they were located in Rockland, MA. In addition to the blade being serial numbered, there is also a great image of a diver with Morse Diving Inc. Since 1837 on it. The brass sheath also has Morse Diving Equipment Co; Rockland MA 02370. There is also a image of helmet engraved in the brass as well. The leather strap with buckle are also in excellent new condition. Authentic Mark V knives like this really do look great with a helmet 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

                 

SOLD!
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Antique & Vintage Diving Helmets Sold Archive Page 6

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 

Diving Equipment Supply Mark V Helium Helmet

Mark V Diving Helmet - Mixed Gas

One of the famous Mark V diving helmets equipped for mixed

gas deep water dives. This example is from 1970 and is a

complete serial #’s matching example. Wonderful piece of

diving history and very impressive 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!

A.J. Morse & Son Circa 1903 Neck

Feed Diving Helmet!

Here is a wonderful A.J. Morse & Son breast-plate feed model

circa 1903! Originally this model cost $100 from the Morse

factory, the same price as a more commonly found model with

the air fitting on the back of the bonnet. For various reasons

Morse helmets like this with the air going directly into the back

of the breastplate neck ring were not as popular.

The helmet is a beautiful example with ALL SERIAL #’s

MATCHING! Helmets of this vintage are difficult to find, with all

four #s matching brails and both neck ring #s matching. The

neck feed helmets like this have a unique inner channel on the

inside of the neck ring. This is where the air traveled in the back

and then came out the inside front of the neck.

The helmet is in very nice overall condition. There are some nominal working dents on the bonnet but nothing severe. This helmet will come with a COA from Nation's Attic. 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

                 

1910s A.J. Morse & Son’s Antique Diving

Helmet - #’s Matching!

Just recently discovered hidden away on a Pacific island is this very nice A.J. Morse & Son’s diving helmet! This helmet dates to the 1910’s and is full serial #’s matching. If this helmet could tell stories of its adventures and how it ended up so far from where it was made in Boston, MA is lost to history unfortunately. We will however make sure to document on our special certificates where this helmet was found and other important details. A popular term in collecting lately is “barn find”, meaning the item was found in the rough after being stored or hidden away for many years. That term would be accurate for this helmet and we have decided to offer in that same condition, dusty glass and all! Most importantly this helmet has matching serial numbers at both neck rings and all four brails. All 12 wing nuts are present, all the glass is intact, air fitting, exhaust, vents all there. This is a nice example for a 100+ year old A.J. Morse 3 light 12 bolt model. 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!

Morse Diving Mark V Diving Knife -

Never Used & Serial Numbered !

Beautiful & unused Mark V diving knife made by Morse Diving Equipment Co. This knife has never seen the water and is perfect for display next to your Mark V. The blade is serial numbered, this one is #37. We are not sure when this one was made by Morse when they were located in Rockland, MA. In addition to the blade being serial numbered, there is also a great image of a diver with Morse Diving Inc. Since 1837 on it. The brass sheath also has Morse Diving Equipment Co; Rockland MA 02370. There is also a image of helmet engraved in the brass as well. The leather strap with buckle are also in excellent new condition. Authentic Mark V knives like this really do look great with a helmet 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

                 

SOLD!
© 2017 Nations Attic
Call or Text Us At 1-316-371-1828   Email helmets@nationsattic.com

Antique & Vintage Diving Helmets

Sold Archive Page 6

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