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Early Morse Commercial Dive Helmet Ca 1900-1920
This Fine Helmet
Has Been Sold.
EARLY MORSE COMMERCIAL
DIVING HELMET Ca 1900 -1920!
DIMENSIONS OF HELMET: 18 1/2”
H x 15 1/2” W x 14 1/2" D WEIGHT 40 lbs
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is an interesting 3 light commercial diving helmet made by A. J. Morse & Sons, Inc., and carrying serial number 2823 on
the breast plate neck ring and the brails and serial number 1536 on the bonnet's neck ring. This dates the bonnet to the
late 1800's or the very early 1900's. The breast plate is from Ca 1919-1920. The chocolate brown patina
varies from medium to dark brown with tinges of black, making an interesting contrast of colors. There are numerous small
dents all over the bonnet that have accumulated over the 100 year age. These early style commercial bonnets are
recognizable by their erect standing rectangular sidelights. This model helmet appears in the 1910 Morse catalog on page 35,
but was known to be around around years before. The stand is not included or for sale.
RCC mark appears on the bonnet side port frames and on the breast plate
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.
Partial right and left views of this wonderful old A.J. Morse helmet
CONDITION: The front door unscrews and
the early style exhaust valve wheel turns. The air passages are all intact. The chin
button is in place and functions. Field repairs were made to stop leaking, and there are two quarter size seals
on the bonnet's back. These may have been for communication inlets. The air inlet elbow looks to need repair.
The brails, are original to the breast plate and all marked the same. The bonnet
shows numerous small dents in the front and on top. All the port looks to be original. No communication
There is no comm box on this helmet, but there are two quarter size patches. Drop down lock on right
MARKINGS: The Morse name tag reads A.J. Morse & Son, Inc., Boston, Mass., USA, on four
lines. The number 2823 appears on the lower neck ring and on the top of all four brails. The two front brails are
stamped "front". The bonnet's neck ring is stamped 1536. The initials "RCC" are stamped
on the top of the side port frames and under the bottom of the breast plate in two places.
The RCC are on the underside of the breast plate, top.
Inside of bonnet showing the vents, bottom.
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 hard hat 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 reincorporated
as Morse Diving Equipment Company, Inc. Then in 1998, the company changed owners, and became Morse Diving Inc. under the
leadership of Ken & Donna Downing where it continued to serve the needs of the Diving Community until 2015 when Morse
operations were terminated and much of its assets were transferred to DESCO Corp. of Milwaukee WI.
A. J. Morse & Son, Inc. tag. 2823 serial number
on brails and lower neck ring
Left and Right sides of this wonderful old A.J. Morse 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 included in this offer if the error is due to our fault.
SHIPPING; This is a heavy article and it will
be shipped by FedEx Ground Point to Point. Please inquire as to rates by email and include your zip code. Shipping for a helmet
in the U.S. within the 48 states is $175.00.
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.
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 for lesser value items incur extra charges. Terms
on overseas sales may be different.
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