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Unique 1930s Homemade Shallow Water Diving Helmet

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Unique 1930s Homemade Shallow Water Diving Helmet

Lot 0284 Details

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During the Great Depression, many divers who had no money were forced to make their own diving helmet. Magazines such as Popular Mechanics published instructions on making a helmet from discarded items found in houses and businesses. While these helmets, in many cases, follow a general design style – some such as this one are unique!

This homemade shallow water helmet measures approximately 21” tall. It is made of what appears to be galvanized steel with a pointed copper top. The rectangle brass window and frame are secured with brass screws. The air fitting is very reminiscent of the style used on Miller Dunn Style 1 Divinhoods. The very peak of the helmet features a brass ring, which is very convenient for storage or display! The helmet only weighs 11 pounds. Just like the Miller Dunn #1 and #2 helmets, a bracket on the front and back would have held the lead weights. Undoubtedly the person who made this used the Miller Dunn helmets as his inspiration.

Homemade diving helmets like this have always held a fascination with people. The stores a helmet like this could tell would be incredible. While almost all homemade helmets are unique, this one with a pointed copper top and apparent professional skills in making it put it in a league of its own!

All items will be shipped with a signature required upon delivery and full insurance either via FedEx or the USPS Priority Mail. Worldwide shipping available. A shipping quote prior to the auction can be provided by emailing your postal code.

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Unique 1930s Homemade Shallow Water Diving Helmet

Estimate $1,000 - $2,000
Jul 17
Starting Price $500
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0284: Unique 1930s Homemade Shallow Water Diving Helmet

Sold for $2,100
4 Bids
Est. $1,000 - $2,000Starting Price $500
Summer 2021 Diving Into History Auction
Sat, Jul 17, 2021 11:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0284 Details

Description
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During the Great Depression, many divers who had no money were forced to make their own diving helmet. Magazines such as Popular Mechanics published instructions on making a helmet from discarded items found in houses and businesses. While these helmets, in many cases, follow a general design style – some such as this one are unique!

This homemade shallow water helmet measures approximately 21” tall. It is made of what appears to be galvanized steel with a pointed copper top. The rectangle brass window and frame are secured with brass screws. The air fitting is very reminiscent of the style used on Miller Dunn Style 1 Divinhoods. The very peak of the helmet features a brass ring, which is very convenient for storage or display! The helmet only weighs 11 pounds. Just like the Miller Dunn #1 and #2 helmets, a bracket on the front and back would have held the lead weights. Undoubtedly the person who made this used the Miller Dunn helmets as his inspiration.

Homemade diving helmets like this have always held a fascination with people. The stores a helmet like this could tell would be incredible. While almost all homemade helmets are unique, this one with a pointed copper top and apparent professional skills in making it put it in a league of its own!

All items will be shipped with a signature required upon delivery and full insurance either via FedEx or the USPS Priority Mail. Worldwide shipping available. A shipping quote prior to the auction can be provided by emailing your postal code.

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