Nation's Attic 2024 Diving Into History

Antique John Date Diving Pump Compressor

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Start price: $250

Estimated price: $500 - $1,500

Buyer's premium: 20%

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

This antique three-cylinder divers air pump is just waiting for someone to restore it! This early 19th-century style pump, unfortunately, does not feature any manufacturer’s names on the outside or inside. The pump does fit the style and configuration of examples made by John Date in Canada.


Unlike a majority of pumps made in the 20th Century, earlier examples many times had a peaked lid and did not feature a pressure gauge on the front. The external wood case has never been restored. There is a large steel door on hinges on the front. This door opens, allowing easy access to the pump mechanism. Surprisingly the pump moves and is not seized up. The photos show the pump on a furniture dolly for size reference. Sorry, it does not come with wheels.


These pumps were built so well that they can be restored back to a fully functional condition. They also make a very impressive diving helmet display stand as well. In some cases, the internal pump mechanism removed from the external box is even more impressive on display.


The outside case measures 39” tall, 24” deep, 27” wide. The width of the pump shaft is 35”. The square shaft ends fit a wheel with a 1-1/4" opening. We would estimate the weight to be approximately 500 pounds. The winning bidder can pick this item up at Nation’s Attic facility in Wichita, KS. For freight shipping quote, please email us with your postal code. We will only ship this pump within the United States or Canada.


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.