US Navy Mark V - April 1944 - Morse Diving Equipment
Without a doubt the Mark V is the most popular helmet we handle. While difficult to find authentic examples, these were made in sizeable quantities during World War 2. While many were used up, destroyed or simply lost, a precious few do still exist. This Mark V made by Morse Diving Equipment, then located in Boston, MA.
This beautiful helmet was made in April of 1944. During this time Morse was using a lead ID plate, making many surviving examples difficult to read. This helmets ID plate is in very good condition with the date & lot # visible. The helmets serial # is located on all 4 brails and the breastplate neck ring.
The helmet has fantastic faux painted patina on the copper body. The brass hardware is exposed just as it was originally. The work done on this helmet is amazing and allows it to be displayed with pride in any location. The helmet is also complete - all original hardware is intact - the window guards, 4 brails, 12 wing nuts, air vents, exhaust valve, air fitting, communications fitting and dumbbell safety latch. In addition, the helmet does have the original World War 2 "reproducer" or speaker inside the bonnet. This part does have a US Navy inspection stamp present.
Also found on the helmet is a US Navy inspection stamp on the bonnet, specifically the communications cup. This stamp proves the helmet was in US Navy inventory during World War 2. As with any authentic helmets that was used there will be imperfections. This helmet actually does not show any noticeable dents or dings, just very minor signs of light use.
If you are considering a diving helmet for a special gift for someone or yourself, this is one that will instantly impressive everyone!