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Direct from China is this diving helmet called a 3 bolt 3 light or model TF-3. During the 20th Century few of these helmets left the country and the ones that did were well used to put it nicely. This wonderful example is in incredible new old stock condition! Today collectors and divers enjoy the classic style, rugged construction, simplicity and abundance of spare parts and gear for these helmets.

This piece of diving history was made at the very end of the 20the Century, 1996. The helmet has a copper body with brass hardware, all of which is present. The helmet features the original ID plate with details clearly stamped into it. This style of helmet was used by the Chinese Navy and is the classic configuration seen in many historical photos.

A vast majority of helmets made in China during the mid to late 20th Century are a 3 bolt configuration, like this one. This means the top and bottom halves are secured via three bolts. The suit also attached to this 3 bolt pattern as well.

The helmet is in excellent condition and perfect for display in the home or office. The copper body and brass hardware are very clean. The helmet is complete with all its glass, 3 wing nuts, exhaust valve, air fitting, neck ring gasket and internal air vent. Both neck rings have a small stamp on them, 05, which matches on both.

With this helmets configuration, it makes for an impressive display piece. In addition to display (after being certified by a dive shop) is dive ready as well. In addition, DESCO has recently made available neck dam inserts that allow for diving these helmets without the use of a full suit. Regardless, if you plan to add this helmet to your collector or use it, it is a beautiful example from China!

All helmets sold & auctioned by Nations Attic Inc. will come with a certificate of authenticity (COA). This COA will have a serial # on it that will match the # on a tamper proof holographic decal placed on the inside of the helmet. This level of security and long term assurance of the helmets authenticity is un-matched in the industry and very important to us.

The display stand shown in the photos is not included. The option to purchase one after the auction will be provided. All helmets will be shipped in two double boxed boxes via FedEx. Worldwide shipping available. A shipping quote prior to the auction can be provided by emailing your postal code.

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Chinese 3 Bolt Diving Helmet TF-3 Like New 1996

Estimate $600 - $1,200Dec 07, 2019
Starting Bid $300
Wichita, KS, USA
Auction Curated By:
Don Creekmore
Auction Curator