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Auction Description for Boston Harbor Auctions: Nautical Antiques & Diving Sale: Day 2
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Over 25 hard hats will be auctioned, some dating to the early 1900s, with names including Morse, Miller Dunn, Desco, Schrader, Siebe Gorman, Heinke and others. These hard hat dive helmets are highly sought after and this is a choice group with many rare models. Divers would don these 50+ lb helmets with a suit, weight belt and dive boots totaling 200 lbs. and submerge with an air hose for ship repair, marine construction, exploration etc... Tom Hering (1950-2011) was a hardscrabble character and second generation hard hat diver and the son of Martin Hering. Not only did Tom have an incredible hard helmet and diving equipment collection, he also, in his lifetime, managed to assemble an amassment of anything diving related, from magazines, to children's books and toys, jewelry, pamphlets, rare reference aids that impressed all who have witnessed it thus far. Never before has so much choice diving kit been sold in a day. Perhaps the most extensive diving and marine salvage library ever assembled will be sold in huge lots because there are thousands of volumes. Masculine fresh-air pumps that would supply oxygen to the diver's with hand operated iron flywheels will be of interest to history buffs. Other diver's "kit" selling are 20 pair of weighted diving boots, vintage leather weight belts with attached lead weights, canvas and rubber diving suits, diving knives; an auction that diving collectors will talk about for years. In addition to the diving collection an alluring collection of nautical antiques and ship models will be auctioned.

Nautical Antiques & Diving Sale: Day 2

by Boston Harbor Auctions


291 lots with images

April 6, 2014

Live Auction

99 High Street

Boston , MA, 02110 USA

Phone: (617) 451-2650

Fax: (617) 451-6468

Email: info@bostonharborauctions.com

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Morse diving helmet Philadelphia police

Lot 500: Morse diving helmet Philadelphia police

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Description: Rare, Morse diving helmet that was purchased in 1928 by the Philadelphia Police Department for their dive unit. With matching serial numbers 3280 which dates it to December 1928. Helmet is copper with protective tinning. Fitted with a removable faceplate and has spit cock valve, telephone port, adjustable exhaust valve, full set of brailes with wingnuts. Fitted internally with air ducts and chin buzzer. faintly visible engraving on top of bonnet reads Phila Harbor Police.

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Deep sea diving radio

Lot 501: Deep sea diving radio

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Description: Deep sea diving radio by "Guided Radio Corp. New York." With knob and toggle controls for up to three divers. External speaker on top with brass carry handles. 20" wide x 13" deep x 20" tall

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Sperry Gyro compass repeater

Lot 502: Sperry Gyro compass repeater

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Description: Solid brass Sperry-Gyro compass repeater. "Mark XV Mod.O". Set on a gimbal into a sturdy yoke. 13" wide x 11" tall

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Mark V deep sea diver's knife

Lot 503: Mark V deep sea diver's knife

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Description: Mark V style deep sea diver's knife with 7" stainless steel blade, maple handle that screws into the top 1/2" inch of the heavy brass sheath. Upper edge of blade is cut with saw teeth, lower edge is a conventional sharp blade. Built to U.S. Navy standards. A leather strap with buckle is attached to the sheath. Length of knife 12 1/2". Length overall in sheath 14"

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Early 20th century yachting chair

Lot 504: Early 20th century yachting chair

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Description: Wicker yachting chair from the early 20th century. With leather seat cushion and drop down door on rear with blanket shelf. 22" long x 24" wide x 28" tall.

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US Navy Morse diving apparatus box.

Lot 505: US Navy Morse diving apparatus box.

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Description: Original U.S. Navy standard diving apparatus box by Morse Diving Equipment Co., Inc Boston, Mass USA. Dovetailed construction, hinged top with bronze hasp. Note front board is buckled.

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A.J. Morse leather dive belt

Lot 506: A.J. Morse leather dive belt

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Description: A.J. Morse leather diving belt with brass buckles. The six lead weights are marked Morse Diving Equip. Co., Inc, Boston. 36" long

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Philadelphia Naval Yard Sign

Lot 507: Philadelphia Naval Yard Sign

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Description: Painted metal sign from the Philadelphia Navy Yard "Bulletins and World Events'. Lettering is faded. 36" long x 5" tall x 2" deep

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Mid 19th century navigators octant

Lot 508: Mid 19th century navigators octant

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Description: Mid 1800s ebony quadrant with scale, peep sight, filters and index arm. Set into a kidney shaped step-up box with label of Richard Patten Instrument maker of New York. Peep sight is pierced with two holes and swinging shade. 14" long x 14" wide x 4" tall

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Steel port and starboard lanterns

Lot 509: Steel port and starboard lanterns

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Description: Steel port and starboard lanterns by Meteorite. Fresnel lenses, vented tops. 20 1/2 x 15 x 15

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Deep sea diving shoes

Lot 510: Deep sea diving shoes

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Description: Brass and canvas deep sea diving boots with toecaps engraved "Diving Equipment Supply Co., Inc. Desco, Milwaukee Wis, Pat applied for". Boots have rope laces, brass eyelets, etc...

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Leather deep sea diving belt

Lot 511: Leather deep sea diving belt

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Description: Early to mid 20th century leather diving belt fitted with ten dead weights.

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Large carved American eagle

Lot 512: Large carved American eagle

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Description: Large carved and painted American eagle with spread wings clutching a banner. 47" long x 16" tall.

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Solid bronze ship's wheel on stand

Lot 513: Solid bronze ship's wheel on stand

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Description: Bronze ship's wheel on pedestal with rudder angle indicator. Eight spoke ship's wheel. Very sturdy and heavy. Pedestal is fitted with heavily greased internal gears. 43" long x 13 1/2" wide x 51" tall.

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Pair of Russian diver's knife.

Lot 514: Pair of Russian diver's knife.

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Description: Pair of Russian deep sea diver's knives with brass sheaths, one with rubber handle, the other handle is brass. Steel blades. Leather straps.

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Two craftsweld hard hat diver's radios

Lot 515: Two craftsweld hard hat diver's radios

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Description: Timber box containing a craftsweld surface to diver communications radio. With on off toggle, cone speaker, etc.. Box has fitted canvas cover and brass carry handle. Sold with a second similar radio in poor condition. Boxes 9 x 9 x 9

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Lot 516: "Viking" ship's masthead lantern

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Description: Copper ship's masthead lantern with glass fresnel lens and brass bezel. Vented chimney with brass carry handle. Bras maker's badge with Viking logo and masthead badge. A third plate is marked 1458. 14 1/2" x 11" x 24" without handle.

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Two cylinder diver's

Lot 517: Two cylinder diver's "wobble" pump

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Description: Iron and brass pump with two reciprocating cylinders mounted astride a vertical support with pivoting rocker arms. A steel handle used at the top of the rocker is pushed back and forth actuating the leather ringed piston plungers forcing air up through a non-return check valve into a hose and on to the diver's helmet. Commonly known as a "wobble" pump. 47" tall x 12" wide x 6" deep

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Mirror with thousands of shells

Lot 518: Mirror with thousands of shells

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Description: Finely crafted large wall mirror with circular frame made of thousands of sea shells. A great variety of mollusks are artistically arranged.

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Oil on canvas of cup yacht

Lot 519: Oil on canvas of cup yacht "Columbia"

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Description: America's Cup yacht "Columbia" is shown under full sail. Flying the New York Yacht Club burgee and the American Flag. A second vessel is seen in the distance. Mounted into a painted gold frame. On sight: 35 1/2" x 23 1/4". Overall 43" x 30 1/2".

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Diving weights and leather straps

Lot 520: Diving weights and leather straps

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Description: Lot of assorted diving weights, weight belts and straps sold as a lot. The metal box alone contains 115 pounds of lead weights.

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Deep sea diver's dressing bench

Lot 521: Deep sea diver's dressing bench

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Description: Genuine deep sea diver's dressing bench. Sturdily built to offer stability to the hard hat diver. 18" x 11" x 20"

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Model of the schooner Atlantic

Lot 522: Model of the schooner Atlantic

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Description: Finely detailed model of the three masted auxiliary schooner "Atlantic". Rigged with a full suit of linen sails. Deck is planked and caulked mahogany. Skylights are complete with brass mounted into a glass display case. 35" long x 11" wide x 27" high

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Miller Dunn

Lot 523: Miller Dunn "Divinhood" diving helmet

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Description: A Miller Dunn, Style 3 Divinhood of copper construction with four viewports, and carry handle. Manufactured by the Miller Dunn Company, Miami Florida.

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Three cylinder deep sea diving pump by Schrader

Lot 524: Three cylinder deep sea diving pump by Schrader

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Description: Three cylinder deep sea diving pump marked on base. A. Schrader's Son Inc. B'klyn N.Y. U.S.A. with two flywheels. 36" wheel diameter. Overall 30" wide x 36" deep x 46" tall.

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Boxed drycard compass by Dirigo

Lot 526: Boxed drycard compass by Dirigo

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Description: Boxed drycard compass by Dirigo with seller's name Eugene M. Sherman, Seattle, WA. Compass diameter 8" box is 10 2/" x 10 1/2" x 4 1/2"

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19th century telescope by Lerebours

Lot 527: 19th century telescope by Lerebours

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Description: Wood barreled telescope with highly polished brasses. Focal tube is engraved Lerebours, Optician to the Royal Observatory, Place Du Pont Neuf A paris. 3" diameter. Length as photographed 21".

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Mark V deep sea diver's knife

Lot 528: Mark V deep sea diver's knife

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Description: Mark V style deep sea diver's knife with 7" stainless steel blade, maple handle that screws into the top 1/2" of the heavy brass sheath. Upper edge of blade is cut with saw teeth, lower edge is a conventional sharp blade. Built to U.S. Navy standards. 12 1/2" length of knife x 14" length overall with sheath.

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Two submarine depth gauges

Lot 529: Two submarine depth gauges

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Description: Two U.S. Gauge Co. U.S. Navy submarine depth gauges in iron and brass case. Face reads: Salt water depth to keel. One has cracked face. Diameter = 10".

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Snead shallow water diving helmet

Lot 530: Snead shallow water diving helmet

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Description: Diving helmet by Snead, Co., Jersey City, N.J. Steel helmet with carry handle. Shoulder mount. Painted silver. Viewport is missing it's glass.

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Eight spoke ship's wheel

Lot 531: Eight spoke ship's wheel

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Description: Varnished ship's wheel with brass hub and trim ring. Eight turned spokes. 53" diameter

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19th century navigators octant, Boston made.

Lot 532: 19th century navigators octant, Boston made.

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Description: An ebony frame navigators octant with peepsight, filters, index arm etc.. with a kidney shaped box with label of FW Lincoln, 120 Commercial Street. 12" long x 12" wide x 5" tall

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Authentic hard hat diving helmet

Lot 533: Authentic hard hat diving helmet

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Description: Twelve bolt diving helmet of Chinese manufacture. Fitted with three viewports, valves, chin button, bolt wrench, threaded viewport, etc.. breastplate and bonnet are tinned. Sold along with an authentic diving suit.

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Solid brass ship's bulkhead light.

Lot 534: Solid brass ship's bulkhead light.

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Description: Polished brass ship's bulkhead light with glass lens, protective brass cage. Wired with a/c cord. 12" long x 8' wide x 10 1/2" tall

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Quarterboard from the Bazaar

Lot 535: Quarterboard from the Bazaar

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Description: Hand carve ship's nameboard from the "Bazaar". Letters are deeply carved into a thick hardwood plank. Reverse of sign was used for a Martha's Vineyard store. Carved. 97" long x 13" tall

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John Alden's Malabar X

Lot 536: John Alden's Malabar X

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Description: A Scale Model of the John Alden Designed Schooner "Malabar X". The planked deck carries a long cabin with oval portholes, toe-rail, skylights, and companionways, other details include anchor windlass, stovepipe, anchor, binnacle, helm, rigged with a suit of seven finely stitched sails. Fitted into a beautiful mahogany display case with table.

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Desco deep sea diver's belt

Lot 537: Desco deep sea diver's belt

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Description: Leather deep sea diver's belt by Desco Diving Equipment Supply Co., Inc of Milwaukee Wisconsin. Fitted with brass buckles, ten lead weights, shoulder straps, etc..

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Copper deep sea diving helmet

Lot 538: Copper deep sea diving helmet

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Description: Copper and brass deep sea diver's helmet of Korean manufacture. Three bolt collar. Maker's badge, chin button etc...

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Port and starboard lanterns from

Lot 539: Port and starboard lanterns from "Dawn"

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Description: Pair of early 20th century port and starboard boat lanterns attached to carved teak nameboards from the "Dawn". 30" long x 6" wide x 10" tall

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Copper and brass ship's lantern

Lot 540: Copper and brass ship's lantern

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Description: Vintage maritime lantern. This is a 360 degree "Not Under Command" lantern. With brass maker's badge from Griffiths & Sons, Ltd. Birmingham and a larger brass "NUC" plate. Thick glass fresnel lens. Sturdy hoisting and bail brackets. A highly polished and well preserved marine relic. 10" x 21 1/2" tall without handle.

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Three foot navigational beacon

Lot 541: Three foot navigational beacon

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Description: Brass and copper beacon light with fresnel lens, hinged and vented top. Highly polished and lacquered. Fresnel lens is mounted internally with six outer triangular panels of glass protecting it.

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Morse US Navy diving helmet

Lot 542: Morse US Navy diving helmet

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Description: Morse, Mark V copper and brass diver's helmet manufactured for the United States Navy with matching numbers 5150 and date of manufacture of 4/44. By Morse diving when it was sold to the US Naval shipyard in Brooklyn, N.Y. Missing two screws from view port.

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Brass engine order bridge telegraph

Lot 543: Brass engine order bridge telegraph

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Description: Solid brass engine order telegraph. Ship's telegraph with twin handles and faceplates with ship's commands. 12" long x 9" wide x 44" tall

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Mark V US Navy Diver's Lamp

Lot 544: Mark V US Navy Diver's Lamp

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Description: Vintage U.S. Navy Mark V diving lamp. Heavily constructed type J-1-S with original paint (with corrosion). Missing one screw. Still works but no batteries.

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Dovetailed diving gear box.

Lot 545: Dovetailed diving gear box.

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Description: Dovetailed diving gear box modeled after an original Morse Diving Company Mark V box. Built exactly like a Morse box but is not Morse. 42" x 22" x 23" tall

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Scale model of the America, 1851

Lot 546: Scale model of the America, 1851

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Description: Fine, scale model of the schooner yacht "America", the first winner of the America's Cup. Copper sheathed below the waterline. Mahogany deck, linen sails. 52 x 16 x 38.

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Antique diorama with sailing ship

Lot 547: Antique diorama with sailing ship

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Description: Sailing ship diorama with a large windjammer flying the American flag in carved wooden waves with a sloop sailing off of the starboard bow. Painted background. Set into a framed display case. Split in wood sea. 43" x 16" x 28"

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Fishing trawler model

Lot 548: Fishing trawler model

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Description: Plank on frame model of a trawler. Expertly constructed. 40" x 10" x 20"

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A.J. Morse shallow water dive helmet

Lot 549: A.J. Morse shallow water dive helmet

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Description: Quality Morse shallow water diver's helmet. Maker's badge on breastplate reads A.J. Morse & Son, Inc Boston, Ma USA. Serial number 3961 is punched into window bezel. Also has original Morse carry handle on top.

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Copper and brass diving helmet

Lot 550: Copper and brass diving helmet

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Description: Copper and brass two part hard hat with removable brass faceplate and two side viewports. Copper carry handle. Fitted internally with air ducts and chin button. Brass badge in Russian. Three bolt collar.

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