A.J. Morse World War 1 1918 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet!
The US Navy Mark V first appered in 1915 with A.J. Morse & Schrader being the only firms making them. As WW1 raged the United States joined the war in 1917 with the end coming in November 1918. This special Mark V was made in August of 1918, undoubtly to be used by the US Navy at the end of the Great War. As with lots of Mark V’s, it’s use didn’t stop there. This helmet is a serial # matching example with both neck rings having the # matching the ID plate. In addition, this helmet has a US Navy inventory # on the breastplate neck ring, which is rare. Another clue to the helmets history is a name and date etched right below the neck ring, J. Hood 2-51. This is also etched on the inside of the boonet as well. Undoubtly this was probably used by a commercial diver. The 2-51 is possiblly the date he purchased it. During the 50’s many of these Mark V’s were sold as military surplus after WW2.This helmet has been polished in the past, giving it a wonderful apperance for display. The peak of the bonnet does exhibit all the normal small working dents and dings, but none are deep or large. The helmet does show some corrosion from salt water and use over the nearly 100 years since it was made, which is simply part of its history. There is a small patch on the back of the breastplate. Also, the exhaust value is circa WWII, probably replaced in the 1940s or while being used by J. Hood. To find an authentic Mark V from World War 1 is a rare treat, especially one like this one! Make sure and join our client contact list to be updated via email about items like this! firstname.lastname@example.org or call / text 316-371-1828