Morse US Navy Mark V - 1967 - #s Matching New Old Stock!
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 remain in factory original unused condition. This Mark V made by Morse Diving Equipment is just one of those rare examples!
This beautiful helmet was made in August of 1967. The helmet is serial #'s matching in all 6 locations - the 2 neck rings and 4 brails. Very few Mark V helmets exist from the Vietnam War time period. The primary reason is that the US Navy still had a sizeable inventory of Mark V helmets from World War 2 in their inventory. The few Mark V helmets ordered from Morse were typically sent directly to a new ship that was being outfitted.
This specific helmet appears to have never been used based on its condition. The helmet is complete with a nearly all of it's factory applied tinning intact. The ID plate does have a "R" on it indicating it is a replacement ID plate applied by Morse. This helmet was found with the original ID plate missing. We had Morse install this correct plate to keep the helmet complete & authentic.
If you are considering a diving helmet for a special gift for someone or yourself, this is one that will instantly impressive everyone, plus it is a full serial numbers matching original example!