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U.S. NAVY SHALLOW WATER
MILLER- DUNN STYLE 3
Dimensions of Helmet:24 1/2” H x 12 1/2" W X
Total Weight: 42 pounds
Front weight 8 pounds
Helmet Weight: bare 33 1/2 pounds
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Presented is shallow water 4 light Miller-Dunn Navy Divinhood
Style 3, one of the many made. But this one
was made by Miller-Dunn specifically for the Navy and not commercial use. The Style 3 design improved on the visibility of the Style 2, and was more strongly built, and was more comfortable to wear due principally to the extended shoulders and the increased visibility afforded by the additional three
It is complete in all respects and in the same configuration delivered to the Navy. The helmet has reddish paint which has worn off in places with some brown patina and green verdigris over. It comes from a retired airline pilot who has owned it for many years and is now downsizing his collection.
This style helmet is one of the rugged looking of all diving
helmets and is a favorite of collectors. And is a good place
to begin a collection.
MARKINGS, the tag reads: DIVINHOOD Style 3
U.S. 1195973 and Foreign Patents
Miller-Dunn Co. Miami, FL
NAVY SERIAL NUMBER 657 is stamped on the main window frame near the top on the right side in line with the maker's tag.
MARKINGS: The helmet has a nice patina and a minor amount of dings and scratches that one would expect for its age and use. The glass in the ports appears to be original to the helmet. This helmet has not been modified, and it is just as it was originally made for the U.S. Navy.
THE LEAD WEIGHTS:
The front weight weighs 8 pounds, and has the Miller Dunn markings. The back weight is missing but we understand that these are available from Desco in Milwaukee.
BRIEF HISTORY OF MILLER DUNN DIVING:
The Miami, FL. company was founded around 1914 with a focus on shallow water diving using helmets and simple equipment that did not requir special training. Its first helmet of consequence, was the No 1 Divinhood first introduced around 1915 which was quickly adopted for use in all forms of shallow water work. The original design was simplicity in its most fundamental sense. This was followed by the No. 2 Divinhood which became the U.S. navy's official shallow water diving apparatus, and was part of the ships gear on many naval vessels.
In 1939, just before the onslaught of
WW II, the No. 3 Divinhood was introduced. It was used by commercial
and navy divers worldwide for shallow water work.
During the the first days of World War
Two, only Morse and then Schrader were making dive helmets for the
navy. DESCO and Miller-Dunn went into production around 1943 with
DESCO becoming the number one producer, and Miller-Dunn making the
least. In total only about 7,000 MK V helmets were produced by all
four companies during the war years.
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.
This helmet is for display only, and should not be dived unless certified
by a competent diving shop.
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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.
International buyers welcome, but inquire
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on overseas sales are different.
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