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Rare 1943 Miller-Dunn Navy MK V Dive Bonnet (Helmet)

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Rare Miller-Dunn Navy MK V Dive Bonnet

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RARE MILLER-DUNN 1943 NAVY MK V DIVE BONNET

Miller Dunn Navy MK V 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 very rare Miller-Dunn MK V Navy Diving Bonnet. It is without its breast plate which has been lost to the Sands of Time. This model MK V is the rarest of all MK V helmets made by the three makers during WW II. The bonnet was last owned by a Pasadena, California, family and is new to the market. It is in its state of last being dived and has dark blueish patina. There is no serial number on this bonnet. We have seen this before in MK V helmets that come from this maker, the most notable of which is that of Murray Black's MK V which we sold three years ago. See http://landandseacollection.com/id799.html

The proof that Miller-Dunn was the maker of the bonnet is the special signature elbows with a cast gusset on their bottom, that were only used by them during 1943 as shown directly below. 

Back of the bonnet showing some of the dents image
This picture shows the gussets on both elbows used only in 1943. Note dents on the crown.

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.

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Left side of Miller Dunn MK V bonnet image
Right & Left side of Miller Dunn 1943 Navy MK V Bonnet

CONDITION:  The wing nut on the front door is frozen. The exhaust valve Star wheel turns the threaded shaft of its mount. The spit cock handle is frozen. There is no microphone fitted. The chin button is in place and functions. There are some fairly deep dents on the crown. Otherwise, the bonnet is in very good condition.

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 1943vMiller Dunn Navy MK V bonnet image
Inside of 1943 Miller Dunn Navy MK V bonnet. 
 

BRIEF HISTORY OF MILLER DUNN DIVING HELMETS: The Miami, FL. company was founded by William S. Dunn and William F. Miller around 1914 with a focus on shallow water diving using helmets and simple equipment that did not require special training. Its first helmet of consequence was the No 1 Divinhood introduced around 1914, which was quickly adopted for use in all forms of light duty shallow water work. After 18 months in process, in August ,1916, they were issued U.S. patent 1195793. 

It was followed by the Style 2 Divinhood which became the U.S. Navy's first official shallow water diving apparatus, and was part of the ship's gear on many naval vessels prior to World War II. With the outbreak of WW II, the company built the ubiquitous Style 3 to U.S. Navy specifications in large numbers taking most of their production capacity. For this reason, very few of the Miller Dunn Navy Mk V helmets were made and fewer yet survived. They are eagerly sought after by serious collectors.  

After the war, the need for helmets decreased dramatically due in part to the large surplus of helmets finding there way to the salvage equipment market. The business of Miller-Dunn was adversely affected and the company ceased operations sometime in the 1960's.  

Schrader and Morse Diving were the two original suppliers.During the onslaught of World War II only Morse and Schrader were making dive helmets for the navy. DESCO and Miller-Dunn went into production around 1943. In total only about 7,000 MK V helmets were produced by all four companies during the war years with DESCO producing the most, then Morse, Schrader and Miller-Dunn the least at 1200 helmets. The scarcity of the latter is the reason they are so much in demand and command a higher price in the market.

WE ALSO HAVE A 1945 MORSE "CONTINENTAL" BONNET FOR SALE http://landandseacollection.com/id1087.html

 

The bonnet's topshows very many dents image
This picture shows numerous 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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