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Updated 7-26-2016 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.  
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WW2 Siebe Gorman Royal Navy Admiralty Diving Helmet!

In for sale is a fantastic WW 2 era Siebe Goran antique diving helmet! This helmet is a 6 bolt 3 light, also known as the Admiralty Pattern model. These were popular during the 20th Century, especially with the Royal Navy. Speaking of the Royal Navy, this helmet appears to have been in their inventory! The famed "broad arrow" mark is on this helmet, just above the front window. This market was used to indicate inventory of the Royal Navy. Also present on the inside of breastplate neck ring is a mark that appears to be a crown, but we are just not certain of that. On the top of the bonnet is a large painted number "27". More than likely this was applied while in military inventory, as they had many helmets and needed an easy and quick way to tell them apart. Lastly, the serial #s on this helmet date it to the 1940's time range. The serial numbers on the bonnet and breastplate do not match, but they are relatively close. Over the years almost all of the Siebe Gorman helmets from this general time period are mismatched. This helmet has a serial # in the 16000 range on top, 15000 range on the breastplate and brails (these do match) and the front window is in the 17000 range. The patina of all the parts is quite consistent and visually there is not decernible difference. The helmet itself is complete and original with the exception of the exhaust valve wheel. When the helmet is on display, this rear component is visually not a distraction. This part does turn up for sale on occasion, but with our location in the US we don't turn up Siebe Gorman parts to often. Other than this easy to install part, the helmet is complete with its & serial #s matching brails, wingnuts, glass, guards and internal vents. Inside the helmet still has speaker components and wiring intact. If you have thought about acquiring the equivalent to the US Navy Mark V, well here is your chance! This London, England made classic with the Siebe Gorman Submarine Engineers ID plate on the front displays proudly.  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

                 

Rare 1930’s A.J. Morse Breast-Plate Air Feed Model w/ Rare Hex Nuts!

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, one of the more unique and rarely seen models is the neck feed or breast plate air feed helmets of the early 20th Century. This special model could be ordered from A.J. Morse in the configuration shown above for around $175 during the Great Depression, which is when this specific helmet was made, 1930’s. With research of A.J. Morse catalogs from 1904, 1917 and 1925 we find that this helmet was available in either 3 light or 4 light configurations. Due to the costs and time associated with producing each helmet, a customer would order a model of helmet and then specify which options they wanted. A.J. Morse would the make the helmet per the customers request. This special helmet is a wonderful and rare example of just that occurring. The helmet was ordered with the traditional 3 lights and 12 bolts but rather than having the commonly found wing nuts installed, hex nuts were put on this helmet. Hex nuts were a option in the catalogs but rarely ever ordered as the wing nut style was the accepted norm well before and after the 1930’s. While the reason for the original owners selection is now lost to history, luckily this helmet has survived in this beautiful condition! The helmet is serial #’s matching on the bonnet and breastplate. Three of the brails have the matching #, one is void of a number but is original. The helmet is in excellent complete condition and appears to have been polished decades ago, now giving it a nice patina. Vintage speaker inside the bonnet plus vintage wire still present inside and externally! All the glass is in wonderful condition and present, A.J. Morse marked non-return valve is on air fitting. Overall, just a wonderful investment quality helmet in a unique and rarely seen style! 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

                 

Untouched US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet - May 1945 - Morse!

On the rare occasion we have the opportunity to handle a true time capsule of a antique diving helmet - this is one of those times! The elderly gentleman we purchased this helmet from originally bought it as WWII surplus. He was not a diver, just someone that thought the helmet was cool - and we must agree! What he brought home was a virtually unused US Navy Mark V made by the Morse Diving Equipment Company in May of 1945. With the late war date this helmet was probably hardly used by the Navy and subsequently sold as surplus. Many people don’t realize that Mark V’s were “tinned” or coated in a gray metal to prevent salt water corrosion of the copper body. In many cases this tinning wears off over time from use and polishing. Now in 2016 it’s quite unusual to find a Mark V from WWII with almost all of the original tinning still intact like this one! In addition, this helmet is complete, all 12 wing nuts, 4 brails (all #’s matching), non-return valve, spit cock, exhaust valve wheel, guards, glass, dumbbell lock & chain, etc. In addition, the serial #’s at the neck ring are matching. Out of the four makers of the Mark V during WWII, Morse examples are the 2nd more difficult to find. Locating such a nice original and complete example like this one is quite is a rare find! The US Navy Mark V is without a doubt the gold standard of antique diving helmet collecting. Please don’t hesitate to call, text or email about this helmet. 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

                 

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1930’s Miller Dunn Style 2 Divinhood Shallow Water Diving Helmet!

Just found and for sale is a rarely seen original 1930’s era shallow water diving helmet! This antique was made by the Miller Dunn Company in Miami, FL. Called the Style 2 Divinhood, this model was very popular with researchers, explorers, underwater film makers and diving enthusiasts. However, the largest customer of these helmets was the United States Navy. The Navy in the 1920’s made this model their standard shallow water helmet, using the Mark V as their standard deep water helmet. A fascinating fact about these helmets is a specific detail that determines if they were part of the US Navy inventory. On the rare occasion these helmets will be found with a number stamped into the right side of the window frame. This number was simply an inventory number for Navy property. This specific helmets one of these numbers - indicating it was in use by the Navy in the 1930’s! The helmet itself does have a rich nice patina over the entire piece. The original Miller Dunn tag is present and easy to read. The thick glass is intact, the left side does have a small crack in one corner. The body of the helmet is in excellent condition, just one hex bolt is missing on the front. The air fitting is in great condition and does have some extra fittings attached that can be taken off if desired. The very top of the helmet does show some heavy denting with the handle pushed in some. This could be repaired but we felt it was part of this helmets history and decided to keep it as is. If you have thought about acquiring a unique and impressive antique diving helmet for display and or investment, this one would made a great choice. Please feel free to call or email for additional photos and information.  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

                 

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Historic A. Schrader’s Son US Navy Mark IV Antique Diving Helmet - Very Rare! Here is a truly unique opportunity to own a rare piece of diving and US Navy history! In July of 1916 the US Navy issued a diving manual to be the text book for all divers and related staff. This manual was quite detailed and even features the then brand new Mark V diving helmet. Within this manual on page 33 is a chapter title “Diving Helmets”. This section details the types of helmets in general use by the Navy at that time along with their individual specifications. The Navy also designated each of these helmets, Mark I, II, III, IV and V. Many collectors are not aware that such pre-Mark V helmets existed, mainly because the helmets them selves are not physically marked in any way with this designation. Nation’s Attic is very proud to offer what has been identified as a US Navy Mark IV helmet! This helmet is in magnificent original condition worthy of any collection or museum. So how have we determined this helmet is a Mark IV? The 1916 manual states the following description of the Mark II and IV: Mark II - Bolt type, wide breastplate, screw faceplate, oval top and side windows; “Schrader” type regulating escape valve, telephone, safety valve, and air inlet connection; manufactured by A. Schrader’s Son (Inc), Brooklyn, NY. Now  you may be asking why we are detailing a Mark II helmet. After careful research of this helmet we have discovered this helmet was indeed a “bolt type” helmet and was then later modified to be a interrupted screw type helmet. Now, the following description is stated for a Mark IV Mark IV - Interrupted screw type; otherwise same as Mark II. So, with this brief but vital difference we can conclude this example fits the criteria to be a US Navy Mark IV helmet that was originally a Mark II. To many casual collectors or someone simply looking for a very interesting helmet to add to their collection, initially this helmet may seem too valuable or expensive to consider purchasing - think again! While this helmet is rare and historic it’s price is about the same as most very nice Mark V’s we sell. The reason being is that most collectors simply don’t know they even exist - therefor there is not a lot of people with this model on their “want list”, yet. Like the Mark V, the value of these “pre-Mark V” helmets will increase in the future as they are found and properly identified. Please don’t hesitate to call, text or email about this helmet. 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
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What’s For Sale! 

Updated 7-26-2016 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 
WW2 Siebe Gorman Royal Navy Admiralty Pattern Diving Helmet! Just in for sale is a fantastic World War 2 era Siebe Gorman antique diving helmet! This helmet is a 6 bolt 3 light, also known as the Admiralty Pattern model. These were quite popular during the 20th Century, especially with the Royal Navy. Speaking of the Royal Navy, this helmet appears to have been in their inventory! The famed "broad arrow" mark is on this helmet, just above the front window. This market was used to indicate inventory of the Royal Navy. On the top of the bonnet is a large painted number "27". More than likely this was applied while in military inventory, as they had many helmets and needed an easy and quick way to tell them apart. Lastly, the serial #s on this helmet date it to the 1940's time range. The serial numbers on the bonnet and breastplate do not match, but they are relatively close. Over the years almost all of the Siebe Gorman helmets from this general time period are mismatched. This helmet has a serial # in the 16000 range on top, 15000 range on the breastplate and brails (these do match) and the front window is in the 17000 range. The patina of all the parts is quite consistent and visually there is not decernible difference. The helmet itself is complete and original with the exception of the exhaust valve wheel. When the helmet is on display, this rear component is visually not a distraction. Other than this easy to install part, the helmet is complete with its & serial #s matching brails, wingnuts, glass, guards and internal vents. Inside the helmet still has speaker components and wiring intact. If you have thought about acquiring the equivalent to the US Navy Mark V, well here is your chance! This London, England made classic with the Siebe Gorman Submarine Engineers ID plate on the front displays proudly. 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 

Rare 1930’s A.J. Morse Breast-Plate

Air Feed Model w/ Rare Hex Nuts!

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, one of the more unique and rarely seen models is the neck feed or breast plate air feed helmets of the early 20th Century. This special model could be ordered from A.J. Morse in the configuration shown above for around $175 during the Great Depression, which is when this specific helmet was made, 1930’s. With research of A.J. Morse catalogs from 1904, 1917 and 1925 we find that this helmet was available in either 3 light or 4 light configurations. Due to the costs and time associated with producing each helmet, a customer would order a model of helmet and then specify which options they wanted. A.J. Morse would the make the helmet per the customers request. This special helmet is a wonderful and rare example of just that occurring. The helmet was ordered with the traditional 3 lights and 12 bolts but rather than having the commonly found wing nuts installed, hex nuts were put on this helmet. Hex nuts were a option in the catalogs but rarely ever ordered as the wing nut style was the accepted norm well before and after the 1930’s. While the reason for the original owners selection is now lost to history, luckily this helmet has survived in this beautiful condition! The helmet is serial #’s matching on the bonnet and breastplate. Three of the brails have the matching #, one is void of a number but is original. The helmet is in excellent complete condition and appears to have been polished decades ago, now giving it a nice patina. Vintage speaker inside the bonnet plus vintage wire still present inside and externally! All the glass is in wonderful condition and present, A.J. Morse marked non-return valve is on air fitting. Overall, just a wonderful investment quality helmet in a unique and rarely seen style! 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 
1930’s Miller Dunn Divinhood Style 2 (US Navy Used Helmet) Here is a rare opportunity to own one of the most visually and historically interesting shallow water helmets ever made! This Miller Dunn Style 2 Divinhood is in original use condition with a US Navy inventory number applied to it! This example dates to the mid to late 1930’s. This style of helmet has a very unique appearance. The two large ¼” thick glass windows are both at a angle with large brass guards protecting them. The diver actually could only look out one of the windows at a time, or there would be noticeable distortion in their view! These are very impressive display pieces and also excellent investments!  helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828  
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Historic A. Schrader’s Son US Navy Mark IV Antique Diving Helmet - Very Rare! Here is a truly unique opportunity to own a rare piece of diving and US Navy history! In July of 1916 the US Navy issued a diving manual to be the text book for all divers and related staff. This manual was quite detailed and even features the end brand new Mark V diving helmet. Within this manual on page 33 is a chapter title “Diving Helmets”. This section details the types of helmets in general use by the Navy at that time along with their individual specifications. The Navy also designated each of these helmets, Mark I, II, III, IV and V. Many collectors are not aware that such pre-Mark V helmets existed, mainly because the helmets them selves are not physically marked in any way with this designation. Nation’s Attic is very proud the offer what has been identified as a US Navy Mark IV helmet! This helmet is in magnificent original condition worthy of any collection or museum. So how have we determined this helmet is a Mark IV? The 1916 manual states the following description of the Mark II and IV: Mark II - Bolt type, wide breastplate, screw faceplate, oval top and side windows; “Schrader” type regulating escape valve, telephone, safety valve, and air inlet connection; manufactured by A. Schrader’s Son (Inc), Brooklyn, NY. Now  you may be asking why we are detailing a Mark II helmet. After careful research of this helmet we have discovered this helmet was indeed a “bolt type” helmet and was then later modified to be a interrupted screw type helmet. Now, the following description is stated for a Mark IV Mark IV - Interrupted screw type; otherwise same as Mark II.  So, with this brief but vital difference we can conclude this example fits the criteria to be a US Navy Mark IV helmet that was originally a Mark II. To many casual collectors or someone simply looking for a very interesting helmet to add to their collection, initially this helmet may seem too valuable or expensive to consider purchasing - think again! While this helmet is rare and historic it’s price is about the same as most very nice Mark V’s we sell. The reason being is that most collectors simply don’t know they even exist - therefor there is not a lot of people with this model on their “want list”, yet. Like the Mark V, the value of these “pre-Mark V” helmets will increase in the future as they are found and properly identified. Please don’t hesitate to call, text or email about this helmet. 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