Nation's Attic 2024 Diving Into History

1976 Chinese TF-12 Copper & Brass Diving Helmet

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Start price: $500

Estimated price: $1,000 - $2,000

Buyer's premium: 20%

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

This helmet appears to be a 48-year-old unused example of the Chinese TF-12 diving helmet! This helmet was made in August 1976 according to the ID plate. As shown in the photos, the helmet has a nearly flawless copper body and brass hardware. This helmet does have a tinned copper body, which was not done on all TF-12 helmets. Over nearly fifty years the tinning has developed an attractive patina. The helmet retains all the wing nuts, brails, safety pin and chain, neck ring rubber gasket, glass, and threaded faceplate. Inside the bonnet, all the air vents are present, along with the exhaust chin button. If you are considering a vintage Chinese helmet, this one represents one of the best to hit the market in a long time!


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.