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MILLER DUNN STYLE 1 DIVING HELMET MINIATURE

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MINIATURE MILLER- DUNN No. 1 DIVINHOOD  
 
 
 Miniature Miller Dunn Style 1 Diving Helmet
Price $600.00 includes shipping to 48 States
 

 
 
DIMENSIONS OF HELMET: 8" H x 4 1/2" W        WEIGHT 1 lbs 8 oz
 
Presented is a single light Miller-Dunn Divinhood No. 1 that is made by hand in the same fashion as the full size helmet which it replicates. It is accurate down to the smallest detail. This is the helmet that started the company's prominence in the shallow water diving arena.  This helmet is so simple as to make diving a relatively simple procedure. It is complete in all respects except for front and back weights.
 
Made in Italy by a master craftsman, this level of accuracy and attention to even the smallest detail does not come cheap so consider this a work of art and not some inexpensive curio.
 
The scale is 2.75:1 and is made according the original drawings. All of the copper is 0,6 mm thick and is beaten by hand like the original helmets on wooden moulds and tinned inside. All brass parts are made exactly to scale and guaranteed to be fully functional, just like the actual helmets.

This is serial number 007 stamped on the side of the helmet. The helmet is delivered on a lacquered wood support.
 
 
                              Front View
                Right side and serial number
                              Back

At the bottom is a gallery of pictures of a real Miller Dunn, 1 which we sold earlier in the year. It is for comparison only.

This style helmet is one of the most rudimentary of all diving helmets and is extremely rare. An example should be a part of every serious collection.
 
CONDITION and MARKINGS: This replica is hand made in the same manner as the real one so expect to see some very small marks of hand assembly and finishing just as will be found on the real helmet. It is marked serial number 007 as is the stand. 
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 require special training. Its first helmet of consequence, was the No 1 Divinhood first introduced around 1915 which was quickly was adopted for use in all forms of shallow water work. We have a No. 1, and look for it to be placed at auction. 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 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 1950's.
 
CONDITION and MARKINGS:  This helmet is in the condition it was used in its last dive in order to preserve its character and history. There are some dents accumulated over its years of use, mostly on the right side. It is being offered as a display item only, and should not be used for any other purpose unless certified by a competent diving shop.
 
SHIPPING & PACKING: The cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination, is an additional charge. You may email us beforehand to get these costs. We price our shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling.
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 unless we are at fault.

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