DESCO US Navy Mark V - 1944 - #s Matching & USN Inspection Stamps
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. Of those few, only a small percentage retain their original hardware and matching serial # components. This Mark V made by Diving Equipment & Salvage Company is just one of those rare examples!
This beautiful helmet was made on September 9th, 1944. The helmet is serial #'s matching in all 3 locations - the 2 inside neck rings and ID plate. It appears that many years ago the helmet was professionally cleaned. 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. There is also a vintage communications reproducer (speaker) inside the bonnet!
This helmet does feature two very important stamps on it. On the bonnet neck ring and communications cup is a United States Navy inspection stamp. This stamp is proof the helmet was inspected and put into USN inventory in 1944. As with any authentic helmets that was used there will be imperfections. This helmet actually is almost free of any noticeable dents, making it nearly like new still to this day, truly a rare find!
If you are considering a diving helmet for a special gift for someone or yourself, this is one that will instantly impressive everyone plus is a full serial numbers matching investment level example!