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Updated 9-10-2016 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 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

                 

Unique A.J. Morse & Son 4 Light 12 Bolt Antique Diving Helmet 1899 / 1936!

We had the honor of turning up this very unique and classic A.J. Morse & Son antique diving helmet this month! This style of helmet was used by commercial divers during the late 1800’s and into the mid 1900’s. This example is quite unusual for a number of reasons plus we were able to discover some fascinating history on this specific helmet as well!  Upon first inspection of this helmet it appears to be a classic example of a commercial helmet. With further research via the serial numbers we discovered this helmet was first made around 1899! The four brails on the helmet are original but have differing serial numbers, 1110, 1111 and 1114. While very close but different serial #s are not uncommon the neck ring on the bonnet has a much different #, 3656. This # allowed us to find the original notes made by Morse when this helmet was sent in to be “rebuilt from bolt type” on March 19, 1936. The notes from Morse also have the owners name and address as well! This information will be on the COA that comes with this helmet! This information tells us that the helmet was original a bolt type, meaning it had 4 or 5 large bolts that secured the bonnet to the breastplate. This technique of sealing the two parts fell out of favor with divers in the 20th Century, hence why this helmet was updated or converted to it’s current style.   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

                 

WWII Miller Dunn Divinhood Style 3 Shallow Water Diving Helmet! 

During WW 2 the US Navy utilized the famed Mark V for its deep water diving jobs. Not every job required this highly specialized and complicated equipment though. For jobs in shallower water such as working on the undersides of ships, a simpler yet just as heavy duty helmet was required. That helmet would predominately be the Divinhood Style 3 made by Miller Dunn of Miami, FL. The Divinhood Style 3 was the US Navy standard shallow water helmet during WW 2. It’s ease of use made it a favorite of the military and civilians after the war. In the 21st Century this helmet is quite collectible for it’s historic significance and unique appearance. The large front window with brass guards and side and top windows really give this helmet a classic vintage look. Not all of these helmets were used by the US Government - but this one was! Helmets that have a number and sometimes letter stamped into the right side frame of the front window were originally property of the US Government - and this one has one of those numbers. Actually, the # on this helmet indicates it was one of the last purchased by the US, more than likely dating it to 1945. The helmet does retain almost all of it’s original paint that was applied at the Miller Dunn factory. Under the paint is a copper body with brass guards. The original glass in present on the sides and top, the front glass was replaced by us and is the correct ¼” thick style. The top glass does have a hairline crack, but the glass is still solid and strong. We purchased this helmet from a Navy veteran. While serving on a base during the 1960’s in Southern California he noticed a dumpster filled to the top with something unique looking. As he inspected he found the dumpster to be completely full of these Miller Dunn helmets! He grabbed the best one on the top and took it home. After all these years it was now time to let it go and let us find a new home for it. He now wishes he would have just took the entire dumpster home! This helmet does have a a couple dents or straight line creases towards the upper back helmet. We are happy to email over photos of every angle of this helmet anytime. On display these issues are not visible though. Easy to display, quickly impresses almost everyone, classic design and WWII helmet, these are a must for any diving collector! 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

                 

Historic D-Day US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet 6-6-44 & Rare Bonnet! 

One of our favorite jobs is discovering and studying vintage Mark V diving helmets we find. Almost all of them have a story to tell or via their small details, serial numbers, etc. We found this particular helmet in Colorado and got it into our shop to give it a gentle cleaning and inspection. Much to our surprise, we found not only one fascinating historical detail but two! After cleaning off all the dust we looked at the date on the original DESCO (Diving Equipment & Salvage Co) ID plate - 6-6-44, wow! This helmet was made on D-Day and then shipped to the Navy as part of a government order of 150 Mark V’s. When one thinks of historic WWII dates 12-7-41 comes up and then D-Day. After finding this special date the surprises were not over though! We proceeded to remove the bonnet and found a different serial number, #146. So why is this number special? To date, we are not aware of a earlier surviving DESCO helmet existing! This bonnet is one of the very first made and does exhibit some unique characteristics. The first initial run of Mark V’s made by DESCO actually used parts purchased from Morse. This helmet has a Morse front face plate and exhaust. In addition to that, the bonnet threads are not in the same location. On this helmet it only requires about a 1/16 turn to secure it to the breastplate, rather than the standard ⅛ turn. We did check with DESCO on this and they feel it was simply a bonnet that has a “rookie” mistake but was sent out anyway. Regardless, this bonnet is possibly the earliest example known current and it’s mated to a history D-Day breastplate - what a combination!  Overall the helmet is a wonderful untouched original example. It has a great patina and complete. All the straps, wing nuts, glass, communication fitting cap, non-return valve and other hardware are present. The DESCO ID plate has a clear serial number and date stamping. Only minor working dents on the top are present. There is evidence of green paint on the helmet in spots, probably on the helmet by accident. The neck ring does have a US Navy inspection stamp! 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 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 9-10-2016 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 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 
A.J. Morse & Son 4 Light 12 Bolt Antique Diving Helmet 1899 / 1936! Upon first inspection of this helmet it appears to be a classic example of a commercial diving helmet. With further research via the serial numbers we discovered this helmet was first made around 1899! The four brails on the helmet are original but have differing serial numbers, 1110, 1111 and 1114. While very close, different serial #s are not uncommon the neck ring on the bonnet has a much different #, 3656. This # allowed us to find the original notes made by Morse when this helmet was sent in to be “rebuilt from bolt type” on March 19, 1936. The notes from Morse also have the owners name and address as well! This information will be on the COA that comes with this helmet! This information tells us that the helmet was original a bolt type, This technique of sealing the two parts fell out of favor with divers in the 20th Century, hence why this helmet was updated or converted to it’s current style.   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 Below! helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828  

Historic D-Day US Navy Mark V

Diving Helmet 6-6-44 & Rare Bonnet! 

One of our favorite jobs is discovering and studying vintage Mark V diving helmets we find. Almost all of them have a story to tell or via their small details, serial numbers, etc. We found this particular helmet in Colorado and got it into our shop to give it a gentle cleaning and inspection. Much to our surprise, we found not only one fascinating historical detail but two! After cleaning off all the dust we looked at the date on the original DESCO (Diving Equipment & Salvage Co) ID plate - 6-6- 44, wow! This helmet was made on D-Day and then shipped to the Navy as part of a government order of 150 Mark V’s. When one thinks of historic WWII dates 12-7-41 comes up and then D- Day. After finding this special date the surprises were not over though! We proceeded to remove the bonnet and found a different serial number, #146. So why is this number special? To date, we are not aware of a earlier surviving DESCO helmet existing! This bonnet is one of the very first made and does exhibit some unique characteristics. The first initial run of Mark V’s made by DESCO actually used parts purchased from Morse. This helmet has a Morse front face plate and exhaust. In addition to that, the bonnet threads are not in the same location. On this helmet it only requires about a 1/16 turn to secure it to the breastplate, rather than the standard ⅛ turn. We did check with DESCO on this and they feel it was simply a bonnet that has a “rookie” mistake but was sent out anyway. Regardless, this bonnet is possibly the earliest example known current and it’s mated to a history D-Day breastplate - what a combination!  Overall the helmet is a wonderful untouched original example. It has a great patina and complete. All the straps, wing nuts, glass, communication fitting cap, non-return valve and other hardware are present. The DESCO ID plate has a clear serial number and date stamping. Only minor working dents on the top are present. There is evidence of green paint on the helmet in spots, probably on the helmet by accident. The neck ring does have a US Navy inspection stamp present! 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 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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WWII Miller Dunn Divinhood Style 3

Shallow Water Diving Helmet! 

During WW 2 the US Navy utilized the famed Mark V for its deep water diving jobs. Not every job required this highly specialized and complicated equipment though. For jobs in shallower water such as working on the undersides of ships, a simpler yet just as heavy duty helmet was required. That helmet would predominately be the Divinhood Style 3 made by Miller Dunn. The Divinhood Style 3 was the US Navy standard shallow water helmet during WW 2. It’s ease of use made it a favorite of the military and civilians after the war. In the 21st Century this helmet is quite collectible. The large front window with brass guards and side and top windows really give this helmet a classic look. Not all of these helmets were used by the US Government - but this one was! Helmets that have a number and sometimes letter stamped into the right side frame of the front window were originally property of the US Government - and this one has one of those numbers. Actually, the # on this helmet indicates it was one of the last purchased by the US, more than likely dating it to 1945. The helmet does retain almost all of it’s original paint. Under the paint is a copper body with brass guards. The original glass in present on the sides and top, the front glass was replaced by us and is the correct ¼” thick style. The top glass does have a hairline crack, but the glass is still solid and strong. We purchased this helmet from a Navy veteran. While serving on a base during the 1960’s in Southern California he noticed a dumpster filled with something unique looking. As he inspected he found the dumpster to be full of these helmets! He grabbed the best one on the top and took it home. After all these years it was now time to let it go and let us find a new home for it. He now wishes he would have just took the entire dumpster home! This helmet does have a a couple dents or straight line creases towards the upper back helmet. We can email over photos of every angle of this helmet anytime. On display these issues are not visible from the front. Easy to display, quickly impresses almost everyone, classic design and WWII helmet, these are a must for any diving collector! 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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