Nation's Attic Diving Into History 2023

Joe Savoie Stainless Steel Serial #18 Diving Helmet

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Start price: $2,500

Estimated price: $5,500 - $7,500

Buyer's premium: 20%

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

In the 21st Century, diving helmets made by Joe Savoie have been recognized among historians and collectors as one of the most revolutionary helmet designs ever. The fact that each one of these helmets was handmade in Joe’s Louisiana backyard only adds to the mystique and allure of each one. Savoie did not advertise his helmets; they sold by word of mouth once divers witnessed one in action. Savoie would make approximately 100 helmets using fiberglass motorcycle helmets ordered out of an auto parts catalog. Later on, Savoie would then handmake the helmets using a stainless steel shell. Today, each helmet Joe made is one of a kind in its own way, with some helmets featuring unique characteristics.

This helmet is the 18th stainless steel model Joe made! The helmets serial number is clearly stamped on the back, S-18. The helmet was used by a diving firm in the United Kingdom and then put into storage. This helmet is an excellent example of an original Savoie that was used but well taken care of by professionals.

The stainless steel body is free of any major dents or abrasions. Both externally and internally the helmet features most of its original components and hardware. The neck dam assembly fits into place and locks in with ease. If so desired, the metal body could be lightly polished to bring this helmet back to its original shine. Regardless, Savoie helmets are and will be one of the most coveted pieces of underwater exploration ever made.

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.