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
SOLD!

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

                 

SOLD!

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

                 

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

                 

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Early WWII US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet w/ Navy Stamp & History!

This is a very early WWII Mark V made in March of 1942 by A. Schrader’s Son in Brooklyn, NY. The war had just started and only

Morse and Schrader were ready to make the Mark V for the US Government. Schrader immediately started production and this is

one of the first accepted by the US Navy for use after Pearl Harbor.

This helmet was purchased by Nation’s Attic directly from the family of a husband / wife who were commercial divers in the San

Francisco / Oakland Bay Area. Both learned how to dive at the Michealo’s Dive School in Oakland, CA in 1962/63. The husband

would go on to work as a welder, diver, pile driver (Local #34 Pile Drivers, Divers, Bridge, Dock & Wharf Builders) until 2002. The

helmet will be accompanied by a letter from the family along with a few photos showing both husband and wife in dive school.

This Mark V has a undeniable original look and feel to it. There is no doubt this helmet was used during WWII and then used in the

Bay Area of California. A valued colleague of ours pointed out that helmets used in this area at this time were known to have

modification made to them. These changes were made by divers who had to work in difficult environments where visibility was

close to zero and the waters were cold. This helmet has had the communications fitting removed and a smaller one installed. In

addition a regulating value was installed on the front. On the inside of the bonnet is a series of copper tubing allowing the

modification to function flawlessly.

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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A.J. Morse & Son Antique Diving Helmet!

When it comes to classic American made diving helmets, the models made by the A.J. Morse & Son Company are usually top of the list. Of those helmets, the 4 Light 12 Bolt model is a true classic and favorite among divers and collectors. This helmet is one we found tucked away in a basement for years. This A.J. Morse helmet was made for commercial diving purposes. There is no doubt the helmet was used and also modified over time by the owner to fit his needs. Evidence of these modifications can be seen on the front and back of the helmet. It also appears that the work was done by the Craftsweld Company in New York. The helmet is missing it’s four brails and two wing nuts. At the neck ring the serial numbers do match. This helmet would make a great piece to display in the home or office. The helmet will come with a COA from Nation’s Attic detailing its history and specifics.  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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Fantastic 1905-13 A. Schrader’s Son 3 Light 12 Bolt Diving Helmet!

The helmet found by Nation’s Attic in the Long Island, New York area. It’s quite possible the helmet had spent a majority of it’s existence in New York state actually. The helmet is a classic example of a 3 Light 12 Bolt model made by A. Schrader’s Son Inc. The helmet was made between 1905 and 1913. Through various times Schrader would use different stamps or ID plates on their helmets. This helmets ID plate clearly puts it during this time period. The helmet is a “non-recessed” style. This means the neck ring gasket is not recessed into the breastplate. Using a recessed neck ring was fairly standard for Schrader helmets after this helmet was made.  There is most of the vintage gasket at the neck ring remaining and the bonnet and breastplate thread together with ease. Inside the bonnet the vents are still present along with a very old communications device. It resembles an accent telephone receiver - which is essentially what it is! The helmet does have its share of working dents on the top of the bonnet - all indicative of actual use. The copper body has a fantastic patina that is unmistakable. A small fitting for the communication wire was added to the back along with other minor repairs and modifications - all period done. All four brails and 12 wing nuts are present. The front guard does have one knob missing. We did install new glass on the right side window as well. Overall this helmet just exudes that look and feel of a cool piece of functional history that is so hard to find. The helmet will come with a special COA from Nation’s Attic attesting to its history and other details. Join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

SOLD!

1946 Morse Commercial Diving Helmet! 

This impressive helmet was made in late 1946 by the Morse Diving Equipment Co. in Boston, MA. With the huge amount of surplus Mark V helmets available after WWII, finding a custom made commercial helmet from directly after WWII is very rare. This 4 light 12 bolt helmet was used by a commercial diver in Arizona until it was sold to Nations Attic in 2017. The helmet has a thread on front window with oval window on the sides and top. These type of windows made jobs such as welding easier in clearer water. This helmet is full serial #’s matching and complete. The chrome plating looks beautiful! The helmet is in excellent condition with the inside bonnet having red padding installed. There is also a non-return valve and part of the hose with communication line attached that will come with the helmet. Very impressive helmet ready to enjoy or 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

                 

SOLD!

1964 R. Kirby - Santa Barbara, CA Helmet! 

Before the partnership of Bev Morgan and Bob Kirby resulting in the famed Kirby Morgan Company, there was Bob Kirby making his own helmets. As a trained USN diver and metalsmith, he would make a limited number of helmets for his employer, Associated Divers and then go on for a very short period of time to make them for anyone. This special untouched example has the R. Kirby brass ID plate on the breastplate. Original 4 light Plexiglas windows, some of the original tinning remaining and all the hardware are in place making it a time capsule of diving history. 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!

1965 Kirby Morgan Air Hat - One of the First!  

Fantastic all original example of the very first model of Kirby Morgan air hat ever made! What is considered the peak of copper / brass helmet design of the 20th Century - this year 1 helmet is worthy of any museum or collection in the world! This initial model of “KM” helmet utilized a Yokohama breastplate with the bonnet being made by Hummel Sheet Metal Products. The helmet is complete and original. It does feature plenty of working dents which only adds to the helmets allure. This one was certainly part of the revolutionary period of diving during the 1960’s and beyond. 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!

1979 US Navy Mark 12 - Morse Diving!

Have you ever wondered what the US Navy used after the famous Mark V? After lots of testing, Morse Diving Equipment of Boston was awarded the contract to make the Mark XII in the late 1970’s. This specific helmet was made in March of 1979, serial #170. This represents a huge leap from the Mark V being used since 1916. This helmet was certainly used but is still a great display piece next to a Mark V. The fiberglass shell is in fine condition with typical working scratches. A neck ring is present. The original foam inside the helmet is mostly deteriorated, but can be replaced if so desired. These do not come up for sale often! 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!

1960’s Yokohama Helium Recirculator Helmet!  

In 1963 Bob Kirby and Del Thomason would design the first type of this helium recirculating helmets for Associated Divers. Associated Divers closed in the mid-1960’s and Bob Kirby and Bev Morgan teamed up to start Kirby Morgan. While making these helmets they found out Yokohama of Japan was copying them almost precisely. Eventually in 1967 Kirby Morgan entered into an agreement to allow Yokohama exclusive manufacturing and sales right to the design. This specific Yokohama helium helmet is a magnificent original example! The helmet is complete - even having a Sodasorb cartridge intact! The helmet also comes with the wing nut “t” wrench and longer wrench to remove and install the Sodasorb cartridges. The original nickel finish is intact and showing only minimal age from light use. The thick acrylic windows have some scratching but still easy to see through. From the front, this model looks similar to other Yokohama helmets, but once you peak around the side and back - it’s an impressive display of additional features standard air hats do not have. This is why we have this helmet shown from the side. Just about everyone who see this type of helmet will marvel at it’s design. If you have ever wanted what many regard as the pinnacle of extreme deep dive helmets - this is it! 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 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!

1905-13 A. Schrader’s Son 3 Light 12

Bolt Diving Helmet!

The helmet was found by Nation’s Attic in the Long Island, New York area. It’s possible the helmet had spent a majority of it’s existence in New York state. The helmet is a classic example of a 3 Light 12 Bolt model made by A. Schrader’s Son Inc. The helmet was made between 1905 and 1913. Schrader would use different stamps or ID plates on their helmets. This helmets ID plate clearly puts it during this time period. The helmet is a “non-recessed” style. This means the neck ring gasket is not recessed into the breastplate. Using a recessed neck ring was fairly standard for Schrader helmets after this helmet was made.  There is most of the vintage gasket at the neck ring remaining and the bonnet and breastplate thread together with ease. Inside the bonnet the vents are still present along with a very old communications device. It resembles an accent telephone receiver - which is essentially what it is! The helmet does have its share of working dents on the top - all indicative of actual use. The copper body has a fantastic patina that is unmistakable. A small fitting for the communication wire was added to the back along with other minor repairs and modifications - all period done. All four brails and 12 wing nuts are present. The front guard does have one knob missing. We did install new glass on the right side window as well. Overall this helmet just exudes that look and feel of a cool piece of functional history that is so hard to find. The helmet will come with a special COA from Nation’s Attic attesting to its history and other details. Join our client contact list to be updated via email about helmets like this! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828

                 

1946 Morse Commercial Diving Helmet! 

This impressive helmet was made in late 1946 by the Morse Diving Equipment Co. in Boston, MA. With the huge amount of surplus Mark V helmets available after WWII, finding a custom made commercial helmet from directly after WWII is very rare. This 4 light 12 bolt helmet was used by a commercial diver in Arizona until it was sold to Nations Attic in 2017. The helmet has a thread on front window with oval window on the sides and top. These type of windows made jobs such as welding easier in clearer water. This helmet is full serial #’s matching and complete. The chrome plating looks beautiful! The helmet is in excellent condition with the inside bonnet having red padding installed. There is also a non-return valve and part of the hose with communication line attached that will come with the helmet. Very impressive helmet ready to enjoy or 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

                 

SOLD! SOLD!

1964 R. Kirby - Santa Barbara, CA Helmet! 

Before the partnership of Bev Morgan and Bob Kirby resulting in the famed Kirby Morgan Company, there was Bob Kirby making his own helmets. As a trained USN diver and metalsmith, he would make a limited number of helmets for his employer, Associated Divers and then go on for a very short period of time to make them for anyone. This special untouched example has the R. Kirby brass ID plate on the breastplate. Original 4 light Plexiglas windows, some of the original tinning remaining and all the hardware are in place making it a time capsule of diving history. 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!

1965 Kirby Morgan Air Hat - One of the 1st  

Fantastic all original example of the very first model of Kirby Morgan air hat ever made! What is considered the peak of copper / brass helmet design of the 20th Century - this year 1 helmet is worthy of any museum or collection in the world! This initial model of “KM” helmet utilized a Yokohama breastplate with the bonnet being made by Hummel Sheet Metal Products. The helmet is complete and original. It does feature plenty of working dents which only adds to the helmets allure. This one was certainly part of the revolutionary period of diving during the 1960’s and beyond. 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!

1960’s Yokohama Helium Helmet!  

In 1963 Bob Kirby and Del Thomason would design the first type of this helium recirculating helmets for Associated Divers. Associated Divers closed in the mid-1960’s and Bob Kirby and Bev Morgan teamed up to start Kirby Morgan. While making these helmets they found out Yokohama of Japan was copying them almost precisely. Eventually in 1967 Kirby Morgan entered into an agreement to allow Yokohama exclusive manufacturing and sales right to the design. This specific Yokohama helium helmet is a magnificent original example! The helmet is complete - even having a Sodasorb cartridge intact! The helmet also comes with the wing nut “t” wrench and longer wrench to remove and install the Sodasorb cartridges. The original nickel finish is intact and showing only minimal age from light use. The thick acrylic windows have some scratching but still easy to see through. From the front, this model looks similar to other Yokohama helmets, but once you peak around the side and back - it’s an impressive display of additional features standard air hats do not have. This is why we have this helmet shown from the side. Just about everyone who see this type of helmet will marvel at it’s design. If you have ever wanted what many regard as the pinnacle of extreme deep dive helmets - this is it! 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