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Old Chilean 3 Light 12 Bolt Dive Helmet

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OLD CHILEAN DIVE HELMET RE SIEBE GORMAN

OLD CHILEAN 3 LIGHT, 12 BOLT DIVE HELMET 

Chilean 12 bolt dive helmet image
A SIEBE GORMAN LOOK-A-LIKE!
 
 
 THE STAND IS NOT INCLUDED!

Chilean dive helmets are in a class by themselves because their makers use techniques that went out with the Industrial Revolution. That's why even an advanced collection of vintage dive helmets will have one or two examples. From them you can understand the changes that have taken place in the diving industry.

 

 DIMENSIONS:                  18"H x 15 1/2" W x 15 1/4" D                   Weight 37 1/2 pounds

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Presented is a classic example of a vintage Chilean three light, 12 bolt dive helmet. The similarity between this helmet and a British Siebe Gorman helmet are quite obvious with the upright oval side lights, screw in front port and the shape of the brails. The only thing missing on this one is a lack of guards over the lights. Because of their rigged good looks, and reasonable price, a Chilean helmet is a good place to start a collection or as a design feature in your decor. Advanced collectors like to have them to fill out their collection. This helmet is from the collection of  a second generation deep water diver who had a collectors' compulsion of gathering everything he could related to diving. There are no markings or numbers.

 

A Siebe Gorman 12 bolt helmet for comparison image
The Chilean design is from the Siebe Gorman 12 bolt which is SOLD.

CONDITION:  The front port rests on a rubber gasket and the added friction keeps it from opening by us.  There are numerous dents throughout, and a slight wrinkle on the breast plate. The right side shows more dents than the left. The right sidelight has been pushed in, but is secure in its frame. The drop down lock on the back is missing.  No speaker is fitted. The exhaust valve turns freely, but has not been pressure tested, nor has the check valve. The main solder seam runs down the center of the helmet vertically. There is a heavy use of solder at all joints which is typical of Chilean helmets. The stand is not included.

Like all used diving gear, this is being sold for DISPLAY ONLY. It should not be dived without having passed inspection by a certified dive shop. 

Two Chilean images of this dive helmet, side by side border=
           Right and left sides of antique Chilean 12 bolt Helmet. Easily taken for a Siebe Gorman.
 

PROVENANCE: From the estate of a hardscrabble character and second generation hard hat diver, and the son of a member of the salvage team of the 17 month project to refloat the French ocean liner Normandie on the Hudson River that completed in 1947. Not only did the deceased have an incredible hard helmet and diving equipment collection, he also, in his lifetime, managed to assemble an amazing collection of anything related to diving.

THE CHILEAN DIVE HELMET INDUSTRY:  Chile has a long coast line that stretches almost 3000 miles along the Pacific Ocean. The country also has Territorial islands that extend its reach far into into the Pacific The long narrow country, has the Andes Mountains running down its eastern border. In order to serve the needs of its population, many of who earned their living from the sea, diving for squid and abalone, the country developed a cottage type industry producing dive helmets. Most all were small shops who copied the helmets of the better known European makers and simplified the designs to match their skills in casting brass and forming copper using hand labor. 

Because they are made by hand, no two Chilean helmets are alike, and this one copies the style of a Siebe Gorman 12 bolt even down to the shape of the brails and the vertical side lights. The shops' skills did not include fine soldering and these helmets tend to have gobs of solder wherever there is a fitting attached. Many have seams like this one right down its center where two halves were joined together on the vertical. This indicates that the form was hammered by hand to shape on a wood buck, the holes cut for the various ports and elbows and then soldered together as the second step in making the bonnet. Older segmented Asian helmets were made this way, but the joints were horizontal. Helmet maker's today spin their bonnets on a lathe or are now using resin. 

The end result is that even when new, these helmets have a lot of character and make great starter helmets for those who are looking for a real helmet that looks expensive at a bargain price. They also are nice to add to a growing collection.

Back of Chilean 12
                                    bolt dive helemet image
Back of helmet showing the air supply and check valve in the center. The drop down lock is missing.
 
 
    
Inside of Chilean bonnet image
Underside of Chilean breast plate image
Inside of  bonnet showing vents over picture of the underside of the breast plate
three quarter rear view of the Chilean helmet image
This picture highlights the air elbow and check valve on the left and the exhaust valve on the right
 
OUR UNCONDITIONAL 'NO NONSENSE“ GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be
returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. Only a prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Shipping charges are refundable if due to our error within the continental United States.
 
International buyers welcome, but inquire first. We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Republic of China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, New Hebrides (Vanuatu), New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Maarten, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI, Vanuatu (New Hebrides) and the Eastern Caribbean.
 
SHIPPING & PACKING: In the United States a helmet such as this will ship for $125.00 to the 48 contiguous Sates.
 
STANDARD FORMS OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, money order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. Our prices are quoted net to us so that the use of credit cards or PayPal incur extra charges. Terms on overseas sales are different. 
 
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