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.
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 www.OldHelmet.com.