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USN Diving Mask WWII Bug Eye w/ Form, Pearl Harbor

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USN Diving Mask WWII Bug Eye w/ Form, Pearl Harbor

Lot 0286 Details

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After the attack on Pearl Harbor, salvage divers were forced to work in some very tight and dangerous conditions. The depth of the work also did not necessarily require the use of a Mark V helmet and gear. A Miller Dunn shallow water helmet would not have worked well in that environment as well. The solution was the use of modified gas masks. The attached black and white photo of a diver at Pearl Harbor shows the use of what is referred to as a Bug Eye gas mask modified for diving.

This specific Bug Eye mask does have USN molded into the top. The mask is in what could be considered unused condition. The rubber is slightly stiff around the edges and some distortion from being store for decades (see photos). There is also an original cardboard mask form intact. These forms were placed behind the mask when shipped out to preserve their shape. These forms are extremely rare to find with a mask! Equally rare is the original hang tag with information on the mask, faceform and instructions. These rubber gas and diving masks are important pieces of diving history that many people do not realize exist. Due to the nature of their construction, finding examples in this condition is a rare occurrence!

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USN Diving Mask WWII Bug Eye w/ Form, Pearl Harbor

Estimate $200 - $400
Jul 17
Starting Price $100
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0286: USN Diving Mask WWII Bug Eye w/ Form, Pearl Harbor

Sold for $190
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Est. $200 - $400Starting Price $100
Summer 2021 Diving Into History Auction
Sat, Jul 17, 2021 11:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0286 Details

Description
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After the attack on Pearl Harbor, salvage divers were forced to work in some very tight and dangerous conditions. The depth of the work also did not necessarily require the use of a Mark V helmet and gear. A Miller Dunn shallow water helmet would not have worked well in that environment as well. The solution was the use of modified gas masks. The attached black and white photo of a diver at Pearl Harbor shows the use of what is referred to as a Bug Eye gas mask modified for diving.

This specific Bug Eye mask does have USN molded into the top. The mask is in what could be considered unused condition. The rubber is slightly stiff around the edges and some distortion from being store for decades (see photos). There is also an original cardboard mask form intact. These forms were placed behind the mask when shipped out to preserve their shape. These forms are extremely rare to find with a mask! Equally rare is the original hang tag with information on the mask, faceform and instructions. These rubber gas and diving masks are important pieces of diving history that many people do not realize exist. Due to the nature of their construction, finding examples in this condition is a rare occurrence!

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