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Historic Diving Equipment Being Auctioned July 17th


The folks at Nation’s Attic are conducting an auction next month of antique diving helmets as well as related equipment, vintage scuba gear and more.

The July 17th, 2021 auction will be an online-only event featured on, Invaluable and AuctionZip.

Highlights of the upcoming auction include a scarce U.S. Navy Mark V diving helmet nicknamed by many divers the “Widow Maker.” This helmet weighs over 100 pounds (45.6 kilos) and was originally shipped to the USS Beaufort in 1971.

A separate Mark V diving helmet made on D-Day, June 6th, 1944, will also be auctioned next month along with helmets from France, German, Russian, Japan, and Korea. Unique and rare diving equipment, books, dive knives, and posters related to both military and commercial diving adventure make up over half of this auction.

In addition to hard hat diving memorabilia, the auction will also have a selection of early scuba diving equipment from the 1940’s onward, including one of the first double hose regulators made by U.S. Divers in 1950. Double-hose regulators from Northill, DACOR, Voit, Sportsways and more will also be available to the highest bidder. Dive knives, gauges, rare catalogs, books, and more round out the other half of the sale.

For more information about next month’s auction, go to

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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