USN Mark V Morse Diving Equipment Nov. 1944
The US Navy Mark V is arguably the most iconic helmet design ever made. It's style and history has made it one of the most popular helmets among collectors worldwide. The model was made for the US Navy from 1916 till the mid 1980's. Production of the helmet reached peaks during late World War 1 and also during World War 2. During this entire time span the Morse Company would produce the Mark V.
By 1944 when this helmet was produced, Morse's official name was Morse Diving Equipment Company Inc. For unknown and probably varying reasons during World War 2 the US Government did not order as many Mark V's from Morse as they did from Schrader or DESCO. This has resulted in finding very nice or excellent examples of a WWII Morse helmet relatively difficult. By our experience Morse Mark V's are the second most difficult to find out of the four makers.
This wonderful original example features a fantastic patina and is serial numbers matching in all 6 locations. Morse would place a lot # on the ID plate and the helmets serial number on both neck rings and four brails. As is commonly the case, the ID plate does have numerous surface imperfections due to the soft lead its made from. The lot number and date can still be made out along with other vital information. All the hardware is present both inside and out. The brass ring on the breastplate was likely attached long ago and can be removed if so desired. The only notable flaw is a small brass patch on the communications elbow fitting.
A classic World War 2 Mark V made by Morse is tops on many collectors wish lists. With this helmets patina, obvious signs of light use, serial #s matching, they don't get much better than this one!