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Nation's Attic Diving Into History 2023

Rare French Piel EP 100 Fiberglass Diving Helmet

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Start price: $100

Estimated price: $250 - $500

Buyer's premium: 20%

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

This is a unique helmet designed by the French firm Piel and Etudes et Fabrications Aeronautiques. Initially, it appears to be a pilot or space helmet, which was likely its inspiration. Marketing of these started in the 1970s, with three versions eventually being made. This example appears to be the first version, an EP 100. The helmet features a lightweight fiberglass body with a retractable faceplate. Most of the original hardware has been removed from this helmet. The movable faceplate is intact and still functions. The helmet is incredibly light, weighing only 2 pounds 10 ounces. There is a 002 on the inside of the helmet, possibly indicating a serial number. The inner rubber liner is still flexible. This is a fascinating helmet design and the first we have ever handled.

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.

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.