What’s For Sale! 

Updated 6-13-2016 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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Rare Pre-1926 Miller Dunn Style 2 Divinhood Shallow Water Helmet!

One of the most visually interesting and collectible diving helmets ever made is the Divinhood Style 2. This helmet was found near where it was made in Miami, FL in the first half of the 1920's. This helmet has certainly seen a lot of use in the last 90 years, but the helmet was not abused. The copper body of the helmet does exhibit salt water corrosion. The result is a consistent light pitting over the entire body of the helmet. This consistency adds to the patina and history of the helmet rather than a visual distraction in our opinion. The brass hardware is still in good shape, there are 2 hex bolts missing. We did replace the thick 1/4" glass and the two brass guards on the front - the originals were damaged. This helmet has the early Divinhood Style 2 tag dating it before 1926. There are also serial numbers stamped into the inside of the two shoulders. We are not sure if these are military, law enforcement or institutional inventory numbers.

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New Old Stock WWII US Navy Mark V Reproducer! Is your vintage US Navy Mark V diving helmet missing the original reproducer? We turned up just a few new old stock original World War 2 reproducers with US Navy inspection stamp on them! These are still in the original box and in unused like new condition! It’s always a big plus to find these still present inside Mark V’s, but when they are found they are typically in rough condition or may even be later replacements. If you want your Mark V to be 100% complete both inside and out - this is a rare opportunity to purchase a WWII reproducer made by the Guided Radio Corporation. We found just a few of these in their original boxes so don’t hesitate getting one! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828  
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Fantastic US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet - Dec. 1944 - DESCO!

On Friday December 1st of 1944 this Mark V helmet was sent to the United States Navy by the Diving Equipment & Salvage Company. From there the helmet was mostly likely used in the last year of the war and at some point sold as surplus to a commercial diver. During that time the helmet was kept in very nice condition and is now ready to be proudly displayed in your home or office. Like all our helmets, this US Navy Mark V is 100% authentic. In addition, this helmet does have a US Navy inspection stamp on the ID plate, verifying it was accepted into the Navy inventory during WWII. The helmet is complete and in excellent condition with only the most minor small working dents on the top. The serial # on the ID plate is 1929 with the # on the bonnet being 1939. It’s very probable the helmets were sent to the same Navy base or ship and while being used were mixed up. With the #’s being so close and made on the same day, it’s without a doubt this is what occurred. The US Navy Mark V is without a doubt the gold standard of antique diving helmet collecting. This classic example with a deep rich patina from World War 2 is the type that everyone wants. If this helmet could somehow relay stories about its adventures, it would be amazing. This wonderful example is complete with all the glass, guards, straps, wing nuts, hardware, etc. 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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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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What’s For Sale! 

Updated 6-2-2016 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 

Rare Pre-1926 Miller Dunn Style 2

Divinhood Shallow Water Helmet!

One of the most visually interesting and collectible diving helmets ever made is the Divinhood Style 2. This helmet was found near where it was made in Miami, FL in the first half of the 1920's. This helmet has certainly seen a lot of use in the last 90 years, but the helmet was not abused. The copper body of the helmet does exhibit salt water corrosion. The result is a consistent light pitting over the entire body of the helmet. This consistency adds to the patina and history of the helmet rather than a visual distraction in our opinion. The brass hardware is still in good shape, there are 2 hex bolts missing. We did replace the thick 1/4" glass and the two brass guards on the front - the originals were damaged. This helmet has the early Divinhood Style 2 tag dating it before 1926. There are also serial numbers stamped into the inside of the two shoulders. We are not sure if these are military, law enforcement or institutional inventory numbers.

helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828  

Fantastic US Navy Mark V Diving

Helmet - Dec. 1944 - DESCO!

On Friday December 1st of 1944 this Mark V helmet was sent to the United States Navy by the Diving Equipment & Salvage Company. From there the helmet was mostly likely used in the last year of the war and at some point sold as surplus to a commercial diver. During that time the helmet was kept in very nice condition and is now ready to be proudly displayed in your home or office. Like all our helmets, this US Navy Mark V is 100% authentic. In addition, this helmet does have a US Navy inspection stamp on the ID plate, verifying it was accepted into the Navy inventory during WWII. The helmet is complete and in excellent condition with only the most minor small working dents on the top. The serial # on the ID plate is 1929 with the # on the bonnet being 1939. It’s very probable the helmets were sent to the same Navy base or ship and while being used were mixed up. With the #’s being so close and made on the same day, it’s without a doubt this is what occurred. The US Navy Mark V is without a doubt the gold standard of antique diving helmet collecting. This classic example with a deep rich patina from World War 2 is the type that everyone wants. If this helmet could somehow relay stories about its adventures, it would be amazing. This wonderful example is complete with all the glass, guards, straps, wing nuts, hardware, etc. 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 

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 
New Old Stock WWII US Navy Mark V Reproducer! Is your vintage US Navy Mark V diving helmet missing the original reproducer? We turned up just a few new old stock original World War 2 reproducers with US Navy inspection stamp on them! These are still in the original box and in unused like new condition! It’s always a big plus to find these still present inside Mark V’s, but when they are found they are typically in rough condition or may even be later replacements. If you want your Mark V to be 100% complete both inside and out - this is a rare opportunity to purchase a WWII reproducer made by the Guided Radio Corporation. We found just a few of these in their original boxes so don’t hesitate getting one! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828