What’s For Sale! 

Updated 11-29-2016 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, subscribe to our YouTube feed to watch video’s of items for sale first!  
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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

                 

WW2 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet Bonnet 1943 - Schrader!

Here we have the classic World War 2 US Navy Mark V diving helmet bonnet. Unfortunately the breastplate is long gone but this bonnet in amazing original condition has survived. While the ID plate is not available Schrader Mark V’s had their serial number stamped into the communications cup. The # on this bonnet puts its date of manufacture at September 1943. In addition, this communications cup also has the US Navy inspection stamp on it - which means this helmet was inspected and accepted into Navy inventory. The bonnet as mentioned above is in excellent original condition. All the hardware, glass, fittings, tinning are all present and untouched. The bonnet itself is quite impressive visually and could easily be displayed as is at a fraction of the price of a complete example. If you happen to have a Mark V breastplate looking for a top - then this is your lucky day! Also, please email for additional detailed photos. 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

                 

1976 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet - Diving Equipment & Supply Co! 

Only A Small # of Mark V Helmets Were Made During The 1970’s - Rare Find!  Many people do not realize the Mark V was made for and used by the US Navy into the mid 1980’s! With the large number of Mark V’s made during WWII there was generally always a surplus of them available decades after the war. Commercial divers purchased many of the WWII surplus Mark V’s as well, making demand for newly made helmets very low. For these reasons finding a Mark V not made during WWII or even WWI is very difficult. Approximately once a year we will find a nice example from a non-war date - and this is one of those! This 100% authentic Mark V was made by Diving Equipment & Supply Company (DESCO) in 1976. The helmet was used by a commercial diver in Wisconsin during the 1970’s and then carefully put away. The helmet is still in excellent original condition and complete! As a mater of fact, this helmet could easily me made into a show piece by simply polishing the brass hardware to a shine. The helmet is serial #’s matching, all four brails are present along with 12 wing nuts. The non-return valve is present and a speaker circa 1970’s is installed. The DESCO ID plate on the front is clear with the exception of the year, which has a dent in that area. We did confirm with DESCO the serial # and were able to pin down the year. Surprisingly it appears during this time there were only a small hard full of Mark V’s being made each year. If you have been looking for a fantastic Mark V for display or even one to use (needs to be certified before use) then you can’t go wrong with this one! 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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Asian Antique Diving Helmet - Seaway Diving - Great Patina!

Up for sale is a wonderful vintage diving helmet that will fit into any budget or collection! This helmet is probably a KIM made in Korean. We are not quite sure just how old it is, but would estimate possibly pre WWII. The helmet exhibits the classic look and signs of use, but unlike a lot of these type of helmets, it was not abused. Referred to as a 3 Light 12 bolt style, these were used throughout the world by commercial divers. There was originally a oval ID Plate on the breastplate which is gone. On the inside of the bonnet neck it does say Seaway Diving 77, indicating the company that owned it presumably in 1977. This company is still in business and started in 1965. The helmet does have a small hole on the back where a communications wire was installed. Also, one of the back brails is missing a small section. We have lots of photos of this helmet and can email them to you anytime.  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

                 

Antique Diving Helmet Archive Pages As a service to our customers we have placed many of the helmets we have sold in the past on archive pages on this site. You can start on Page 1 here or below you can choose which of the many antique diving helmet archive page you wish to visit. If you see a helmet we have sold in the past and wish to purchase one like it, please let us know; helmets@nationsattic.com  Archive Page 2 / Page 3 / Page 4
1976 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet

Excellent Condition Dive Suit - Yokohama 12 Bolt Pattern! 

We don’t run across many dive suites or dresses in this condition. This is possibly a new old stock suit made by Yokohama. It is a 12 bolt pattern which will work with a huge assorement of helmets - including a Mark V. The suit is clearly marked with the company name, Type N, No. 3.  Above we have a front and back image. Please email us for additional photos and details. 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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Mark V Deep Water Diving Boots! This is a classic pair of deep water diving boots. This style was used with the Mark V diving helmet. Solid brass toe, lead sole and canvas body. Call / Text 316-371-1828 helmets@nationsattic.com 
Great For Display or Use!
Mark V Helmet Shoulder Pad Rarely ever did these survive. Placed on the divers shoulders to prevent injury from the weight of the helmet. Marked DESCO both sides.  Call / Text 316-371-1828 helmets@nationsattic.com 
Authentic DESCO
Air Control Valve “Whip” Very nice DESCO air control valve with original hose. These look great attached to a Mark V helmet. Could be serviced and used as well.  Call / Text 316-371-1828 helmets@nationsattic.com 
Marked DESCO
US Divers - Top Side Radio Great diver to top side commercial radio. This unit dates to the 1970’s and is un-tested. Was used by a small diving company and then put away. Looks to be in great shape, comes with front latching cover panel as well. Call / Text 316-371-1828 helmets@nationsattic.com
DESCO Mark V Belt Buckle Original DESCO Mark V belt buckle. Is marked on the back 1981. Great detail on both front and back. Appears to be made of brass. Probably not many of these around, neat item! Call / Text 316-371-1828 helmets@nationsattic.com
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What’s For Sale! 

Updated 11-29-2016 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 
Asian Antique Diving Helmet - Seaway Diving - Great Patina! Up for sale is a wonderful vintage diving helmet that will fit into any budget or collection! This helmet is probably a KIM made in Korean. We are not quite sure just how old it is, but would estimate possibly pre WWII. The helmet exhibits the classic look and signs of use, but unlike a lot of these type of helmets, it was not abused. Referred to as a 3 Light 12 bolt style, these were used throughout the world by commercial divers. There was originally a oval ID Plate on the breastplate which is gone. On the inside of the bonnet neck it does say Seaway Diving 77, indicating the company that owned it presumably in 1977. This company is still in business and started in 1965. The helmet does have a small hole on the back where a communications wire was installed. Also, one of the back brails is missing a small section. We have lots of photos of this helmet and can email them to you anytime.  helmets@nationsattic.com or call / text 316-371-1828  
1976 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet

1976 US Navy Mark V Diving Helmet -

Diving Equipment & Supply Co! 

Only A Small # of Mark V Helmets Were Made During The 1970’s - Rare Find!  Many people do not realize the Mark V was made for and used by the US Navy into the mid 1980’s! With the large number of Mark V’s made during WWII there was generally always a surplus of them available decades after the war. Commercial divers purchased many of the WWII surplus Mark V’s as well, making demand for newly made helmets very low. For these reasons finding a Mark V not made during WWII or even WWI is very difficult. Approximately once a year we will find a nice example from a non-war date - and this is one of those! This 100% authentic Mark V was made by Diving Equipment & Supply Company (DESCO) in 1976. The helmet was used by a commercial diver in Wisconsin during the 1970’s and then carefully put away. The helmet is still in excellent original condition and complete! As a mater of fact, this helmet could easily me made into a show piece by simply polishing the brass hardware to a shine. The helmet is serial #’s matching, all four brails are present along with 12 wing nuts. The non-return valve is present and a speaker circa 1970’s is installed. The DESCO ID plate on the front is clear with the exception of the year, which has a dent in that area. We did confirm with DESCO the serial # and were able to pin down the year. Surprisingly it appears during this time there were only a small hard full of Mark V’s being made each year. If you have been looking for a fantastic Mark V for display or even one to use (needs to be certified before use) then you can’t go wrong with this one! 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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WW2 US Navy Mark V Diving

Helmet Bonnet 1943 - Schrader!

Here we have the classic World War 2 US Navy Mark V diving helmet bonnet. Unfortunately the breastplate is long gone but this bonnet in amazing original condition. While the ID plate is not available Schrader Mark V’s had their serial number stamped into the communications cup. The # on this bonnet puts its date of manufacture at September 1943. In addition, this communications cup also has the US Navy inspection stamp on it - which means this helmet was inspected and accepted into Navy inventory. The bonnet as mentioned above is in excellent original condition. All the hardware, glass, fittings, tinning are all present and untouched. The bonnet itself is quite impressive visually and could easily be displayed as is at a fraction of the price of a complete example. If you happen to have a Mark V breastplate looking for a top - then this is your lucky day! Also, please email for additional detailed photos. 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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Classic US Navy Mark V Diving

Helmet Canvas Dive Suite - DESCO

We don’t run across many original canvas / rubber Mark V dive suites or dresses in this condition. While this one has been lightly used, it’s still in amazing condition! This suit was made by Converse Rubber Co (same company that makes the shoes) in January of 1976. We purchased this suit along with a Mark V of the same year and other equipment recently. The suit is a size 2 and was sold by DESCO originally. If you have ever thought about making a full “Jake” for display, after the helmet, the suit is the next step! Almost all the canvas suits we find have been used and are very worn. This one with a bit of cleaning would look like new! Above we have a front and back image. Please email us for additional photos and details. 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

                 

Mark V Deep Water Diving Boots! This is a classic pair of deep water diving boots. This style was used with the Mark V diving helmet. Solid brass toe, lead sole and canvas body. Call / Text 316-371-1828 helmets@nationsattic.com 
Great For Display or Use!
Air Control Valve “Whip” Very nice DESCO air control valve with original hose. These look great attached to a Mark V helmet. Could be serviced and used as well.  Call / Text 316-371-1828 helmets@nationsattic.com 
Marked DESCO
Mark V Helmet Shoulder Pad Rarely ever did these survive. Placed on the divers shoulders to prevent injury from the weight of the helmet. Marked DESCO both sides.  Call / Text 316-371-1828 helmets@nationsattic.com 
Authentic DESCO
US Divers - Top Side Radio Great diver to top side commercial radio. This unit dates to the 1970’s and is un-tested. Was used by a small diving company and then put away. Looks to be in great shape, comes with front latching cover panel as well. Call / Text 316-371-1828 helmets@nationsattic.com
DESCO Mark V Belt Buckle Original DESCO Mark V belt buckle. Is marked on the back 1981. Great detail on both front and back. Appears to be made of brass. Probably not many of these around, neat item! Call / Text 316-371-1828 helmets@nationsattic.com
Antique Diving Helmet Archive Pages As a service to our customers we have placed many of the helmets we have sold in the past on archive pages on this site. You can start on Page 1 here or below you can choose which of the many antique diving helmet archive page you wish to visit. If you see a helmet we have sold in the past and wish to purchase one like it, please let us know; helmets@nationsattic.com  Archive Page 2 / Page 3 / Page 4
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