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Nation's Attic 2024 Diving Into History

Galeazzi Marina Italian Navy Diving Helmet

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Start price: $3,000

Estimated price: $6,500 - $8,500

Buyer's premium: 20%

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

The Galeazzi Company was started in the 1930s by Signore Roberto Galeazzi. His helmets were of high quality and were used by the Italian Navy during WWII and after. The company would produce three different models, Marina (the Italian Navy Standard), Grand Luz and Titano. Of those models, each had different options and configurations that could be specially ordered.

This specific helmet is a Marina model, favored by the Italian Navy. The configuration features 12 bolts and three lights (windows). This classic design proved its effectiveness before, during, and after World War 2.

The helmet features the serial number 33:747 on both the bonnet and breastplate neck rings. That same number is also present on the faceplate. This full serial numbers matching is also in fantastic original unrestored condition!

This helmet condition can easily be considered an excellent original example. The beautiful hand-hammered copper body is a wonderful visual component that shows the fine craftsmanship put into its construction. All the original hardware is present on this helmet, with the exception of the safety locking pin on the back of the neck ring. All the glass, window guards, faceplate, wing nuts, brails, eyelets, exhaust, internal exhaust button, and vents are present. A barbed hose fitting is present on the air fitting. Only one dent is visible on the top of the bonnet. The helmet’s construction style is also visible, adding another impressive visual element. Both halves of the helmet thread together without issue, there is no neck ring gasket.

Galeazzi helmets were not made in huge numbers. Finding a fine original example in full serial numbers condition is special. These fine helmets also do not appear on the US market often either!

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. International bidders are advised that some countries do not allow the importation of knives. Nations Attic is not responsible for shipping charges going or coming back if your countries customs denies delivery. Rejected items can be consigned into a future sale as there are no refunds.