Nation's Attic Diving Into History 2023

WW2 Miller Dunn Shallow Water Divinhood Style 3 Diving Helmet

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Start price: $2,000

Estimated price: $4,000 - $5,500

Buyer's premium: 20%

Sales Tax: On the lot's price and buyer's premium

During World War 2 the standard US Navy shallow water diving helmet was the Divinhood Style 3. These helmets have a classic appearance and were popular to use even after the war. The Divinhood Style 3 would be the last model Miller Dunn would make, going out of business after WWII. This model is also the pinnacle of shallow water helmet design. Its large front window and oval top window were easy to look out of and work with. The helmet fit nicely and was made so the head could easily tilt back inside the helmet – nice for working on ship bottoms!

This nice original example is complete with some notable details. First, this helmet is an early example with countersunk flat head screws used on the window frames. Not long after production started in 1940, the time consuming process of countersinking the window guard frames for flat head screws was replaced by round head screws. Second, this helmet features a US Government serial number on the right side of the window frame, 576. This number indicates the helmet was put into US Government inventory.

The helmet does have the front and back lead weights. The weights appear to be either cleaned or contemporary replacements. The glass on the helmet is all present with no cracks, and the original white lead caulk is intact. Typical small working dents are evident upon close inspection of the very top of the helmet. Overall, this is an excellent original complete WW2 helmet with a fantastic patina.

All diving helmets in this auction will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Nations Attic. The certificate will have a unique number that will match the number on a tamperproof hologram decal placed inside the helmet. This information will be kept on permanent file at Nations Attic and help ensure the provenance of the helmet and authenticity. The display stand shown in the photos is not included. The option to purchase one after the auction will be provided.

All items will be shipped with a signature required upon delivery and full insurance either via FedEx or the USPS Priority Mail. Worldwide shipping is available; however, no ocean freight will be offered on large items. DHL Express is an option for international shipments under 600 pounds via air. Payment via bank wire for customers outside the USA is required. A shipping quote prior to the auction can be provided by emailing your postal code.