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TOA Pearler Diving Helmet

SOLD!

TOA Japanese Pearler - Pearl Diving Helmet!

This is the first time in many years we have had the opportunity to offer for sale a Pearler diving helmet! Designed specifically for the pearl diving industry these helmets were primarily used around Australia, the Persian Gulf and Japan. Their unique square style breastplate and three window design gives them a distinctive appearance. These helmets are prized among collectors and are considered a rare find.

This helmet was made by the TOA Diving Equipment Company located in Minamisenji, Japan. The helmet features an incredible patina on the copper body and brass hardware. The original TOA identification plate is present along with all the rest of the helmet's hardware. The bonnet is hand formed with the classic visual cues making this evident. TOA referred to the Pearler as the Model C in their lineup of three models. By far the Model C is the most difficult to find and highly desirable among collectors worldwide. 

The helmet does have some minor working dents which only add to the helmets authentic and impressive patina. The bonnet and breastplate thread together correctly, however the original gasket is long gone. The faceplate also threads on and off without issue, gasket gone as well. Internal bonnet air vents all present. Original glass is intact with no cracks or breaks but show obvious wear from decades of use. The top of the bonnet exhibits the seams where the separate pieces of copper were put together after being hand formed. Overall, there is little left to be desired with such a rare and wonderful helmet.

 

This a rare chance to add a visually unique and historically important diving helmet to your collection. A COA along with tamperproof hologram will accompany this helmet. Shipping within the contiguous United States and a display stand is included in the price!