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12 BOLT ROUND CORSELET
Stand Not Included
Presented is a very rare Heinke12 Bolt Round Corselet dive helmet. Heinke used gun metal when they began production of helmets in quantity. This helmet is copper and brass, with much of the tinning evident, and in excellent condition. It was believed that about 150 of these models were produced. This helmet has the designation H99 marked on all parts including the brailes.
Its front port opens and all movable parts operate. The bonnet is mounted on the breast plate using interrupted threads and turns freely. There is a lever and adjustable nut on the back to lock the bonnet in position and keep the helmet from turning. The brailes and tag have the proper markings, and there are air vents inside.
DIMENSIONS: 18" H x 14" W x 16 3/4" D
Weight 52 lbs
The previous owner of these fine helmets was Pete Berdzar, a Navy diver who worked much of his career out of Point Loma and the Marshall Islands where the Navy was mothballing and disposing of ships and performing salvage operations. After active duty, he continued to be involved in Naval operations. It appears that most of his career was with the 7th Fleet in the Pacific. At one point, he was involved with a program training sealions and dolphins to retrieve ordinance and perform other duties. He also worked out of the Naval Air Weapons station at China Lake, CA, and did some flight training at Miramar. His collection of over 40 dive helmets included a number of Mark Vs, along with the ones we are offering.
G.F. Heinke started business in England in 1820, and in 1905, became C.E. Heinke & Co. Ltd. They were a major factor in the diving industry where they continued to operate very successfully, winning many accolades over a number of years for their equipment. Many of the company records were destroyed during the blitz in WW II. In 1961/62, they were taken over by Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd. The new company continued to use the Siebe Heinke name until 1967/68 when Heinke was dropped from the trade name.
This helmet is being sold for DISPLAY ONLY. It should not be dived without certification from an authorized dive shop.
CONDITION: The helmet is in excellent condition with all movable parts working.
SHIPPING & PACKING: Due to the nature of this item, special protective packaging is used for shipment. The cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination, will be calculated after the auction and is an additional charge. You may email us before bidding to get these costs. We price shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling.
OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within five days of receipt in its original condition and packaging if used only for display. Returns must be insured for their full value. All that is required is a prior email authorization by us for the return. Unfortunately, no refund can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling unless we are at fault.
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