Nation's Attic 2024 Diving Into History

Helmax SS-20B Stainless Steel & Fiberglass Diving Helmet

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Start price: $500

Estimated price: $2,500 - $4,000

Buyer's premium: 20%

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

This is a very unique and innovative diving helmet made by Safety Sea Systems located in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, called the Helmax. The Helmax is a clam shell stainless steel and fiberglass mask / helmet with a hinge at the top. This specific helmet is a model SS-20B, which indicates the mask is stainless steel. Other models utilized a fiberglass mask.

This example appears complete and is in very good used condition. The neck dam is in good shape, the hinge mechanism works smoothly. The Krypton lamp and other factory hardware are still intact. There is a number 71 on the back of the fiberglass shell.

The Helmax, along with other diving helmets from the 1970s that came out of Louisiana, represent one of the most innovative regions and periods in diving design that will surely be appreciated by collectors and historians long into the future.

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.