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Nation's Attic Diving Into History 2023

KIM 3 Light 12 Bolt Korean Diving Helmet

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Start price: $750

Estimated price: $1,250 - $2,500

Buyer's premium: 20%

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

This is a wonderful original example of a KIM Korean diving helmet. This is a 3 light (3 windows) 12 bolt (12 breastplate studs) model helmet. Made with a copper body and brass hardware, this style of helmet has been used for much of the 20th Century by divers. KIM was one of the largest helmet manufacturers in Korea.

This example does retain the original brass ID plate but the plate. The helmet has a wonderful visual appearance with an unmistakable patina formed over decades. This helmet is also in remarkably good condition. A large majority of helmets that enter the collector market from Korea and Japan have been used up or abused.

This helmet, along with its fantastic patina, is also in great complete condition. The original neck ring gasket, glass, brails, twelve wing nuts, faceplate, internal air vents, air elbow, exhaust, exhaust chin button, faceplate gasket, and port guards. On the very peak of the helmet are some shallow working dents. There is also what appears to be Korean writing on the top. Out of the KIM helmets we have handled, this is one of the nicest examples.

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.