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Nation's Attic 2024 Diving Into History

Miller Dunn Style 2 Divinhood Diving Helmet - Replica

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Start price: $500

Estimated price: $1,000 - $3,000

Buyer's premium: 20%

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

The Divinhood Style 2 is regarded by many as the most desirable shallow water diving helmet ever produced. The Style 2 was made by the Miller Dunn Company located in Miami, Florida. Miller Dunn started out in 1915 with the Divinhood, a simple helmet that became popular with civilian and military divers. In 1925, Miller Dunn introduced the much-improved Divinhood Style 2, which would become the US Navy’s standard shallow water helmet.

The Style 2 Divinhood utilized two angled glass windows on the front protected by brass bars. The large, angled windows provided a great field of view but also created a distorted view when looking straight ahead. Regardless, the model would be made for well over 10 years and proved popular in all sorts of underwater professions and activities.

This helmet has many of the hallmarks of an authentic example but is, unfortunately, a very good replica that should only be used for display purposes. While the helmet is the correct size and weight, we will point out the characteristics that flag it as a contemporary example.

First, the copper body is in nearly mint condition with no working dents. Second, the Miller Dunn ID plate is close but incorrect in font size and wording. Third, the air elbow fitting threads are not in a US pattern. There are a few other inconsistencies that we will not go into. While this is an attractive helmet, we will not be including a COA with it. The word replica will also written in black sharpie on the inside body of the helmet.

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.