Miller Dunn Shallow Water Divinhood Style 2 - 1925-1939
Offered for sale is the elusive Miller Dunn Divinhood Style 2 shallow water diving helmet! Arguably the most popular and difficult to find helmets out of the three made by Miller Dunn. The #2 was made during a period with no major wars, so government orders for the helmet were relatively minimal. The Great Depression was also a big factor in limited sales. For these reasons and more the Style 2 Divinhood is treasured by collectors and rarely ever hit the market for sale.
The unmistakable design utilizing two angled pieces of thick glass with large bolts and guards protruding from the front sets this helmet apart from all others. While the angled glass resulted in distortion underwater, the helmet was still adopted by the US Navy as their standard shallow water helmet. The helmets would go on to be used by countless scientific institutions, professional divers and even for recreational use.
This example was discovered in Hawaii, where it had likely be part of many adventures. With the obvious US Navy connection in Hawaii, it's quite possible this helmet was originally in their inventory. One clue to this connection is the ID plate, which is intact but has unfortunately been smoothed out. It's not uncommon for former USN property to have the ID plate obscured. Regardless, this helmet is 100% authentic.
As shown in the photos the helmet is a very nice presentable example. There are no major dents. The top carry handle is bent slightly in the middle. New glass has been installed. The bottom front edge on one side is slightly bent causing the helmet to lean slightly. If so desired, the copy body and edges can be manipulated to remove any lean while on display. The original air fitting elbow is in good condition as well as the internal air vent. The external patina on this helmet really gives it a desirable appearance.