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A. J. Morse Continental Model Dive Bonnet 1945 (Helmet)

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A. J. Morse Continental Model Dive Bonnet 1945(Helmet)

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UNIQUE A. J. MORSE & SONS VINTAGE CONTINENTAL MODEL
DIVING BONNET 1945!

Morse Continental Style Bonnet image
 

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DIMENSIONS OF BONNET: 12” H x 13 1/4” W x  14" D  WEIGHT 30 lbs

Presented is a unique four light commercial diving helmet made by A. J. Morse & Sons Inc.  When viewed from the front, the boonets may be mistaken for a Navy MK V dive helmet if they're fitted with a front port guard. This one's guard may have been removed for better visability. It has an unusual coloration of various shades of deep, dark blue patina sometimes appearing black, making a dramatic appearance. The Serial Number 6025 on the bonnet's neck ring dates it to 1945. There are only small dents on the bonnet showing it was well taken care of.

What sets this later style commercial helmet apart from the earlier versions are that their rectangular sidelights are horizontal rather than standing vertical.

 

Right side of Continetal bonnet image
Left
Banana exhaust, drop down lock,  BES Star wheel

 

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.

 

 

 

INside of Morse Continental bonnet image
Inside of bonnet. Arrow points to the unusual air vent
 

CONDITION:  The front door is frozen, but the exhaust valve Star wheel turns. The air passage is in the form of a single circular duct that is marked by the white arrow. There is a circular patch in the center back close to the neck ring. The chin button is in place and functions. Field repairs were made to the drop down lock and the bracket slants.  There are small dents, but nothing of consequence. The speaker seems to be original. Overall, the bonnet is in excellent condition.

 
Back of the bonnet showing a circular patch image
This picture shows the drop downlock and patch. Both repaired in the field

BRIEF HISTORY OF MORSE DIVING: In the arena of deep sea diving, there are few companies with the longevity and history of Morse Diving. The company was founded in 1837 as a Boston maker of brass ware, three years before Englishman Augustus Siebe manufactured its first closed air dive helmet. During the Civil War, the firm commenced building maritime fittings and began experimenting with early underwater hardhat designs from Siebe-Gorman and other pioneering makers. In 1864, Andrew Morse bought out his partner, introduced his sons into the business, and began to focus on creating new products for underwater salvage expeditions. In 1904, that firm became A. J. Morse and Sons, Inc., under which name it continued until 1940. Then the name Morse was re-incorporated as Morse Diving Equipment Company, Inc. Finally in 1998, the company changed owners, and became Morse Diving Inc. under the leadership of Ken & Donna Downey. New partners were added in 2014.

The bonnet's topshows very few dents image
This picture shows no serious dents on this bonnet

OUR UNCONDITIONAL NO NONSENSE GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned within five days of receipt in its original packaging if without damage. Return items must be insured for their full value. Only a prior email authorization from us for the return is required. Shipping charges are included in this offer within the continental United States if an error is due to our fault.

SHIPPING & PACKING: The cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination is an additional charge. We price our shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling. Within the continental United States, a bonnet will generally ship for $85.00 depending on destination and amount of insurance.

ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. Our prices are quoted net to seller, but credit cards may be accepted through PayPal for verified members by special arrangement. Overseas purchases are by wire transfer,

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