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Who buys Diving Equipment and Supply Company antique diving helmets?  The Nation’s Attic is interested in purchasing these old hard hats.  Representing collectors from around the world allows us the opportunity to make immediate offers on just about any old deep sea diving helmet manufactured by DESCO. Regardless of where you are located in the world, we strive to make the transaction very safe and easy. Additionally, we will pay for and handle the shipping of the helmet.

Please call or text us today at 316-371-1828 or email

Call or Text 316-371-1828 or email   

Diving Equipment and Supply diving helmet examples

Nation’s Attic is a buyer of Diving Equipment & Supply Company / Diving Equipment and Salvage Company antique diving helmets. We represent collectors from around the world who are interested in old DESCO Mark V deep sea diving helmets. All we need to make you an offer are clear photos of the helmet. Simply text photos to 316-371-1828 or email them to  We will pay for and handle all of the shipping expenses and the transaction will be smooth and easy.

 In addition to DESCO helmets we are also interested in purchasing related tools and equipment. Items such as diving knives, boots, weight belts, suits, original ships helmet boxes, underwater lights, brass valves and gauges, air pumps, photos and anything else that is nautical related.


Diving Equipment & Salvage Co
Mark V Helmet

During WW2 DESCO ID tags on US Navy Mark V helmets were marked as Diving Equipment and Salvage Co. Inc. The serial number and date it was made would also be included.

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Diving Equipment & Supply Co. Inc.

Mark V Helmets

At the end of 1945 the name of the company was changed to Diving Equipment and Supply Co. Inc. which is still in use today. The example photo left shows a Mark V helmet ID plate from December 1945.

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Diving Equipment & Salvage Helium

Mark V Helmet

DESCO also produced the mixed gas or helium Mark V. In some cases the ID plate, like the one shown to the left, will have the word HELIUM stamped into it rather than Mark V. 

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Browne Sponge Diving Helmet DESCO

DESCO would produce helmets for specialized commercial diving jobs. In this case the ID plate indicates this helmet was for sponge diving. 

Do You Have A Sponge Diving Helmet?

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DESCO - Buie Diving Helmet

Sometimes DESCO helmets have the ID plate cast into the helmet. Any helmet that says US Navy or Buie Helmet is something we buy. 

Have A Helmet With An ID Plate Like This Example?

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Commonly known as DESCO, the company was initially called Diving Equipment & Salvage Company. During World War 2 the company slightly changed its name to Diving Equipment & Supply Company (DESCO). DESCO started in 1937 and produced some innovative diving helmets and equipment. During World War II DESCO won a contract to produce the Mark V diving helmet for the US Navy. Diving Equipment & Salvage Co and later Diving Equipment and Supply Co would go on to be a major supplier of the Mark V during and after WWII. DESCO also made the mixed gas Mark V and various helmets for commercial use. Sponge diving, nuclear reactor diving and general underwater construction were areas that specific helmets were custom made. DESCO is still in business today! If you have a helmet that was made by Diving Equipment & Supply or Salvage Company, please let us know, you might  be surprised just how much we can pay for your old hard hat!

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