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Old Air Blast - Dive Helmet Ca 1938

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OLD AIR BLAST HELMET Ca 1938

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OLD AIR BLAST HELMET Ca 1938

Sand blast helmet front image
A SIEBE GORMAN SMOKE HELMET LOOK-A-LIKE!
 

There is quite some interest in early smoke helmets and when we found this air blast helmet it reminded us of them.

 DIMENSIONS:                  19"H x 16" W x 14" D                   Weight 12 1/2 pounds
 

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Presented is a strange looking helmet that was used for air blasting. Some may say it is ugly, but others may think it has rugged good looks. We think it will make a great conversation piece and could be passed off as a shallow water dive helmet or a smoke helmet though we think it best to have people guess what it was used for. It comes from the collection of  a second generation hard hat diver who had a collectors'compulsion of gathering everything he could related to diving so he obviously took a liking for it and felt it added to his collection of dive helmets.

This helmet was made by a leader in air blasting, Panghorn Corporation, using an aluminum shell over which a vulcanized rubber covering was applied. This provided light weight and durability. The U.S. Bureau of Mines approved this helmet for use in mines on July 15, 1938. It was one of a series of abrasive blasting helmets which the company continues to offer.

 

A 3/4 front view of the left side image

A 3/4 view of the right sideimage

           A 3/4 view of the right and left sides of old sand blast helmet.

 

CONDITION:  This is an old re-reinforced rubber helmet and looks to be complete, but we have not tested it. The front port plastic is a new replacement. The accompanying belt is permanently attached using clamps. The leather is old with numerous surface cracks etc. The base of the helmets show some minor delamination and leaves black marks on a surface. 

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

Two side views of the helmet, imageRight side of helmet image
           Right and left sides of old sand blast helmet Easily taken for a shallow water or smoke helmet
 

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 end result is that this helmet has a lot of character and makes great starter helmet for those who are looking for a real helmet that looks expensive at a bargain price. It also may be nice to add to a growing collection.

Back of sand blast helemet image
Back of helmet showing the air supply and approval no. BM 1908
 
 
    
Inside of sand blast helmet image>
Inside of  helmet showing  a lack of vents
Showing the maker's lable image
Back label reads Pangborn Type DD-4 Helmet.....................Hagerstown, MD
 
THE TWO LABELS READ THE SAME:
 
Pangborn
Type dd-4 Helmet
Approval No. BM 1908
Patent No. 18881192, 1999633
Pangborn Corporation
Hagerstown, M.D.
 
 

MAKER'S HISTORY: The Pangborn® Corporation was founded in 1904 when Thomas W. Pangborn developed the process known as sandblasting, which combines compressed air and sand to clean metal by particle impact. Today, Pangborn designs, manufactures and markets its products: wheel blast cleaning and shot peening equipment, integrated surface preparation systems, replacement and aftermarket parts, and service programs throughout the world to industries that prepare the surfaces of metal and other products. Pangborn’s products are primarily found in manufacturing environments such as foundries, primary metals manufacturers, automotive related manufacturers, aerospace manufacturers, machinery manufacturers and general metalworking.

 

The leather belt attaches to the helmet image

Close-up of leather belt image

Two pictures showing the leather belt  that is attached to the helmet
 
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.
 
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