Nation's Attic 2024 Diving Into History

Snead Style 3 Shallow Water Diving Helmet

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Start price: $500

Estimated price: $1,000 - $1,500

Buyer's premium: 20%

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

This is an excellent example of a Snead Company shallow water diving helmet. The helmet is made of cast iron with an acrylic window. A small brass threaded air fitting is located behind the handle on top of the helmet. Unlike other types of shallow water helmets, there is no need to bolt on lead weights. This example does retain the window frame, which is commonly missing and very difficult to replace. Old yellow paint both inside and out is present slight signs of age and wear. No evident cracks or breaks in the cast iron body are visible. This is 3rd out of 4 styles made by Snead. Helmet weights approximately 65 pounds.


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.