Joe Savoie Mixed Gas Fiberglass Diving Helmet - "The Lousiana Pirate"
In the 21st Century diving helmets made by Joe Savoie have been recognized among historians and collectors as one of the most revolutionary helmet designs ever. The fact that each one of these helmets was hand made in Joe's Lousiana backyard only adds to the mystique and allure of each one. Savoie did not advertise his helmet, they simply sold by word of mouth once divers witnessed one in action. Savoie would make approximately 100 helmets using fiberglass motorcycle helmets ordered out of an auto parts catalog. Later on, Savoie would then handmake the helmets using a stainless steel shell. Today each helmet Joe made is unique in its own way, with some helmets featuring some unique characteristics.
"The Lousiana Pirate" is one of those unique Savoie helmets rarely seen or offered for sale. We purchased this helmet directly from the original owner who lived in New Orleans. The helmet was primarily used in the Gulf of Mexico for oil platform work. This work required the diver to go to some extreme depths, which required a helmet that could utilize mixed gas. This magnificent Savoie helmet was ordered and used throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The original owner kept the helmet in meticulous condition and even had the skull and crossbones painted and then gel-coated over. The result is a helmet this is both visually impressive and historically significant and a prime investment piece.
This helmet is one of the rare early motorcycle helmet fiberglass models and is serial number 037. The metal band going along the top of the helmet is indictive of mixed gas models. The additional gas fittings on the back also set this helmet apart from air models. The helmet will be accompanied by a scanned photo of the original owner using this helmet underwater. While we do not name helmets often, this one with its entire working life being spent in Lousiana, it only seemed natural.
As with all helmets Nation's Attic sells, this one will be accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity that will be matched to a tamperproof serial numbered hologram placed on the inside of the helmet.