Antique & Vintage Diving Memorabilia Auction!
SATURDAY OCTOBER 31 2020
This was our biggest auction for 2020 held on Halloween Saturday, October 31st, 2020. The sale featured 400 lots all selling at NO reserve.
The antique diving helmets were the stars of the show, with all examples featuring strong bidding. A 19th Century helmet made by John Date in Canada received the highest bid, at $21,600. A specality of Nation's Attic is the famed US Navy Mark V helmet. The Halloween sale had no less than 4 Mark V's plus a breastplate from 1944. The results for each helmet ranged from $16,200 for a 1918 example to $9,000 for a 1944 model. Other antique and vintage helmets in the auction included ones made by A.J. Morse & Son, A. Schrader's Son, Joe Savoie and Miller Dunn.
The sale also included rare diving watches, knives, books, early scuba equipment, antique diving tools, UDT & Navy SEAL memorabilia and more. A beautiful Hamilton Canteen watch from the 1950's sold for $3,480. A Fenjohn underwater camera clicked in a winning bid at $1,920. Vintage USN diving manauls are alwasy popular. A 1943 hardbound edition recorded a winning bid of $1,020 while a rare 1924 edition in well used condition found a new home at $960. Much more modern but impressive was a two volumne auction catalog of diving equipment from the Pardoe collection that sold for $780.
Hundreds of selections of double hose and single hose scuba regulators received spirited bidding. A very nice collection of diving knives including a rare aluminum handle Grieshaber USN knife cut a nice winning bid at $780. A new old stock Shark Dart in the orignal box darted its way to a $450.
The auction also featured aassortment of US gold and silver coins. Gold $5 and $2.5 Indian Head coins from the early 20th Century, Silver Morgan Dollars from the Carson City were just a few of the highlights from this part of the auction.
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