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Nation's Attic 2024 Diving Into History

Rare C.E. Heinke 3 Bolt 4 Light Harbor Diving Helmet

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Start price: $2,000

Estimated price: $4,000 - $8,000

Buyer's premium: 20%

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

This is a seldom seen style of diving helmet design used by the CE Heinke Company in London, England. This style of helmet is referred to as a three bolt four light Harbor Helmet. This model of helmet is quite scarce.

Three bolts at the neck ring secure the bonnet and breastplate, which all function correctly. Glass is present in all four locations. The divers’ right port and top port glass are cracked. Two thumbscrews open the front faceplate, which retains the original gasket. Inside, the internal air vents and chin button are intact. The top of the bonnet exhibits typical small working dents, none of which are severe. There are remnants of the original tinning still present, mainly on the breastplate. The back edge of the breastplate does appear to be pushed forward slightly. The air-fitting elbow has Heinke London cast into it. The brass ID plate on the breastplate is intact and easily readable. Overall, the helmet exhibits a nice, consistent patina and an impressive visual appearance.

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.