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DESCO NAVY MK V DIVE HELMET 1944 EXCEPTIONAL

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MUSEUM QUALITY DESCO NAVY MK V DIVING HELMET WW II
All Original Condition!

Presented is an all original and outstanding Navy MK V diving helmet we have ever had the privilege of offering. It is an authentic 12 bolt, 4 light DESCO helmet with matching numbers on the tag, inside the neck ring of both the helmet and breast plate. On the outside of the neck rink is the U.S. Navy's stamp of approval, located in a place unique to DESCO. Next to it the name of the diver is stamped R. Spillers on both the bottom and top neck ring. The helmet is in such exceptional original condition that it almost appears never to have been dived. The even pewter coloring typical of DESCO's electrosatically applied protective tin coating is very dark with age.  The stand is not included.

 

CONDITION and MARKINGS:  This is in MINT original condition, and may be considered museum quality. It has NO dents. There are some minor scuff marks and scrapings, none of any consequence. It is being offered as a display item only, and should not be used for any other purpose unless certified by a competant diving shop. All the air passages inside are intact, and all the moveable parts work freely.

 

The oval shaped brass name plate has serial number 1569 and 8-4-44 stamped on. Contrary to some belief the MK V came from the different manufacturers with three different shaped tags. They were the rectangular tag made in both brass and lead and the oval shaped made in brass. The chest plate weighs 24.5 pounds, the helmet 32 pounds, for a total of 56.5 pounds.

 

               Serial No. 1569 Date 8-4-44
             U.S. Navy Seal of Approval


HISTORY OF DESCO DIVING:

 

DESCO was first organized in 1937 in Wisconsin under the name Diving Equipment and Salvage Co.  Its founders included a professional deep water diver, a Hollywood producer specializing in underwater photography and a medical doctor who was a research scientist at Marquette University. This team successfully worked together in developing a deep water diving suit combined with a helium oxygen breathing mixture which resulted in Desco divers setting twi successive deep water records of 420 and 550 feet.  

 

World War II brought large Navy contracts for diving equipment to DESCO. They included not only conventional  hard-hat gear for the navy, but also the design, development and manufacture of an oxygen rebreather, known as the "B Lung. By V-J Day, DESCO was producing more diving equipment than any other company in the world.

 

In 1946 the company as sold to another group of Milwaukee businessmen and changed its name to Diving Equipment and Supply Co., Inc. After the Korean War, which again brought an increase in U.S. Navy contracts and orders, the ownership changed hands several times and has since concentrated on the design and manufacture of commercial and U.S. Navy diving equipment.

 

In 1968 it moved to its present address at 240 North Milwaukee Street in Milwaukee. Today, DESCO continues providing quality diving equipment.

 

 
OUR GUARANTEE OF SATISFACTION: 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. Return items must be insured for their full value. A prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Unfortunately, no refund can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling.
 
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