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SIEBE GORMAN ROYAL NAVY
6 BOLT DIVE HELMET
DUTCH COMPANY & FAMOUS DIVER'S

In 1840, August Siebe invented the deep sea diving helmet as we know it today. Royal Navy Admiralty pattern helmets are particularly prized by collectors and divers making this helmet with its very special provenance and two owner's tags a find.



SERIAL NUMBERS: Bonnet 18837, Breast Plate 18840
TOTAL WEIGHT 45 1/2 lbs BONNET 23 1/2 lbs BREAST PLATE 22 lbs
DIMENSIONS: 19 3/4“ H x 15“ W X 15 1/2“ D
STAND NOT INCLUDED

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Presented is a Royal Navy Admiralty Pattern 6 bolt, 3 light Siebe.Gorman helmet, Circa 1960, that comes from the collection of the former owner of a deep sea saturation diving company whose abbreviated resume is below. It was purchased by him in 1979 from Star Offshore, a dive company which did offshore and civil work up and down the British Coast and North Sea. It has been in his possession for the past 31 years. The helmet has two very distinctive plates on the back of the helmet with the same number showing that at one time it belonged to a DUTCH diving company that worked worldwide. The helmet is unique in this configuration by not having a communication elbow. Commercial diver's preferred using hand signals by rope.

ANALYSIS: All factory 6 bolts were built to Admiralty specifications which included a speaker in the bonnet which required a communication elbow at the rear. This one clearly came from SG without communication, i.e. an elbow or speaker. Therefore, we believe that it was originally made for the Dutch diving company, its first owner. Back then commercial divers preferred rope signals rather than a speaker. It follows that when they got it they put their own tags on. The non matching helmet numbers are likely due to a mistake their shop made which places this helmet in a class of its own because of the lack of comms and the special Dutch tags.

All parts in place. Note dimpled bonnet
Working exhaust valve

PROVENANCE: From the collection of a USMC 1st Force Recon veteran, who after serving two tours in Vietnam, and five years service, began a diving career that spanned four continents, and 20 years underwater experience before becoming a manager. The next years were spent as Oceaneering Manager of the Deep Diving Bell and Saturation Systems for a large diving company.

In 1981, he founded his own deep saturation diving company specializing in 300+ meter / 12 man / split level operations serving the needs of such companies as PETROBRAS. His company holds the longest running safety track record in the world for deep diving operations to 300 meters having performed more than twenty years of safe diving operations without a FATAL ACCIDENT. The dive support vessel (DSV) “Toisa Sentinel” under his supervision has performed more than 4000 saturation dives in deep water to 300 meters without a fatal accident as well.

One of his personal engagements during this period was with a US Nuclear Submarine Operations scientist in Russia where they performed confidential shallow water work off the coast of Murmansk inside the Arctic Circle. Murmansk was a central base of the Soviet Nuclear Submarine Fleet during the Cold War. Private operations were also conducted near the naval base of Severomorsk which today is still the headquarters of the Russian Northern Fleet

In 1994 his company mobilized another vessel with a 22 man split level saturation system on the Support Vessel Toisa Sentinel. His crew on the DSV Toisa Sentinel had been operating continuously performing 24 hour day, deep diving operation for Petrobras from 1994 until 2011.

Selling his dive company in 2001, he continued with them until 2005, at which time he began a saturation diving consulting business in which he is active today.

Maker's tag and 2 weight hangers
Bottom of breast plate
Front port is removable
All vents intact

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.


CONDITION and MARKINGS:
The helmet was polished and lacquered some time ago, and in places the coating has degraded and has small areas of flaking. There are remnants of dried polish which adds an interesting contrast to the golden patina of age. The front port removes, but the spit cock handle doesn't turn. The air passages inside are intact and the relief valve works. The top of the bonnet has some dents on the right side. There are other marks of use elsewhere. There is no communication elbow which is likely how this helmet was ordered.

The heavily worn maker's tag, is pitted by corrosion, and reads Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd., Submarine Engineers, London, Patent. "Front" and "Patent" appear in two places on the front bails Both brails are marked 18840 underneath which is the same number that is on the breast plate neck ring and the front port's bezel. The bonnet has number 18137 stamped on the inside back neck ring. The two inventory tags are both numbered 1610101 indicating this helmet was married together while in the possession of the Dutch Diving Company.

The spit cock and front door open. There is a telephone elbow on the back with a large size hex cap marked "telephone". All the port lights are in excellent original condition. There are no dents on this helmet which only attest to being in a private collection all these years.

Tags from Dutch Cy diving company that worked worldwide
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BRIEF HISTORY:
Augustus Siebe the German-born founder of the firm which bears his name (1788-1872) is considered "the father of diving". Siebe's 'closed' diving helmet, first produced in 1840, allowed divers to dive safely to greater depths than ever before. Attached to a rubber suit, it became the 'Standard Dress' that revolutionized diving and made the underwater worker an essential part of both salvage operations and civil engineering. Many of the great building projects of the Victorian era - bridges, tunnels and lighthouses still in use today - could not have been built without divers.
Siebe's design was so successful that it remained in use, essentially unchanged, until 1975. However, the Royal Navy required one of their own design, and the British Admiralty requested a helmet made to their specifications which used heavier materials in 1938. This was the Royal Navy six bolt helmet, as seen in this offering. The rest of the "Jake" was standard commercial equipment, except for the front weight which had a light fitted to it, to aid the diver. The chest weights weigh about 40lbs. each and are tied down to stop the helmet rising from the diver’s shoulders. The weights are hung from weight hangers on the front of the breast plate.
The Royal Navy set out to extend the limits of deep diving and established a world depth record, in 1948, of 540-feet wearing a Siebe Gorman helmet of this design, but incorporating a Davis Injector system, flexible dress, and used the fast dwindling supplies of American Lend-Lease helium. Petty-Officer Bollard set the depth record that was to last eight years. Not until 1956 would the baton pass to another.
In October of that year, Senior Commissioned Boatswain George Wookey, descended to a depth of 600-feet, setting record for a helmeted diver wearing flexible dress that still stands.

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The cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination is an additional charge. We price our shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling. Within the continental United States, a helmet will generally ship for $125.00 depending on destination and amount of insurance.

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SIEBE GORMAN ROYAL NAVY DIVE HELMET
 
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DIMENSIONS OF HELMET: 19" H x 14 1/2" W   WEIGHT 48 lbs
 
Presented is an authentic 6 bolt, 3 light Siebe.Gorman Royal Navy pattern helmet from the post WW II era . It comes from a private collection where it was for the last 12 years.
                         Inside air passages
                                  Maker's tag
                 Nice dark patina, and dents

CONDITION and MARKINGS: A rich dark patina covers the entire bonnet and breast plate. The heavily worn and polished front tag reads Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd., Submarine Engineers, London, Patent. "Front" and "Patent" appear in two places on the front bails. The breast plate has number 13247 stamped on the inside back ring with "GT" above. The rear bails are stamped "13247", "back" and "GT".  The air passages inside are intact and the relief valve works. The spit cock and front door open. There is a telephone elbow on the back with a large size hex cap marked "telephone". The front light has a large crack across the front. The side lights are in good original condition. There are numerous dents on the helmet which only add to its character.

 
BRIEF HISTORY: Augustus Siebe the German-born founder of the firm which bears his name (1788-1872) is considered "the father of diving". Siebe's 'closed' diving helmet, first produced in 1840, allowed divers to dive safely to greater depths than ever before. Attached to a rubber suit, it became the 'Standard Dress' that revolutionized diving and made the underwater worker an essential part of both salvage operations and civil engineering. Many of the great building projects of the Victorian era - bridges, tunnels and lighthouses still in use today - could not have been built without divers.
 
Siebe's design was so successful that it remained in use essentially unchanged, by the Royal Navy until 1989. Born in Saxony in 1788 and trained as a metalworker in Berlin, Siebe served in the Prussian army against Napoleon before emigrating to London in 1816. He moved into 5, Denmark Street, a four-storey house dating from the 1680s, in 1830. Located in St Giles-in-the-Fields, an area which has had a long-standing connection with the metal-working trades, the property served both as his home and his commercial premises.
 
Siebe manufactured his first 'closed' diving helmet in 1840. Previously, divers had relied on 'open' helmets from which spent air had to escape beneath the rim of the helmet or below the hem of the diver's rubber jacket, increasing the risk of drowning. Siebe's 'closed' helmet was bolted onto a modified diving suit based on the open helmet dress, with divers receiving air from a pump on the surface. The suit was watertight and thus safer than earlier types of diving dress. Together with special pumps designed by Siebe, it made diving to a depth of about 25 metres possible.
 
Siebe perfected the design of his new diving suit during the salvage operations carried out between 1840 and 1843 on the warship HMS Royal George, sunk in 1782. Following this practical experience of salvage work, his company became the known as source for the safest and best of diving systems.
 
Siebe's other inventions include a dial weighing machine, a paper-making machine, and a rotary water pump. In 1850, he manufactured one of the first ever ice-making machines. Siebe won numerous medals at the 1851 Great Exhibition and the 1855 Paris Exhibition, and was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1856.
 
Siebe died at 5, Denmark St in 1872. His obituary described him as "retiring, kind of heart and honourable in all his dealings." The firm went out-of-business in 1999.
 
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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The 1910 SEIBE GORMAN below has been sold. Thank You!

This Interesting Helmet Has Been Sold,  Thank You!
 
DIMENSIONS OF HELMET: 13 H x 13 W   WEIGHT 40.5 lbs
 
 
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Presented is an authentic 12 bolt, 3 light Siebe.Gorman helmet, circa 1910. It reportedly comes from a collection, of a well known aficionado of diving gear.

 
Augustus Siebe the German-born founder of the firm which bears his name (1788-1872) is considered "the father of diving". The Siebe.Gorman name is stamped one of the straps, Siebe.Gorman & Co. Ltd. London which to those knowledgeable helps dating it.  "Front" appears in two places. There are air passages inside and a left side head relief valve. The spit cock is frozen. There is a telephone elbow on the back which is a later modification, but no microphone in the bonnet. It has evidence of a name plate being attached to the breast plate at one time by the placement of the remnants of two rivets and an oval outline, but no plate.  The chest plate weighs 19.5 pounds, the helmet 21, for a total of 40.5 pounds. The helmet is stamped No 5781, which dates it around circa 1910, and the chest plate is No. 6416 which is in the same era.

 
Pictures of this helmet have been authenticated by a world renown diving expert, and author.  We have a copy of a picture of Leon Lyons in the water in a helmet that is remarkably similar. You can be assured this one is the real McCoy, and is backed by our guarantee of authenticity.
 
A similar but newer helmet is currently being offerred on the internet for $16,500.00 (AUS $) as follows. " Siebe Gorman 3 light, 12 bolt. This helmet dates to the 1920's and are not readily available. The corselet and top have the matching numbers of 8954 while the faceplate is stamped 8967. Some minor repair work to..., $16,500.00"
 
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.
 
BRIEF HISTORY: Siebe's 'closed' diving helmet, first produced in 1840, allowed divers to dive safely to greater depths than ever before. Attached to a rubber suit, it became the 'Standard Dress' that revolutionised diving and made the underwater worker an essential part of both salvage operations and civil engineering. Many of the great building projects of the Victorian era - bridges, tunnels and lighthouses still in use today - could not have been built without divers.
 
Siebe's design was so successful that it remained in use essentially unchanged, by the Royal Navy until 1989. Born in Saxony in 1788 and trained as a metalworker in Berlin, Siebe served in the Prussian army against Napoleon before emigrating to London in 1816. He moved into 5, Denmark Street, a four-storey house dating from the 1680s, in 1830. Located in St Giles-in-the-Fields, an area which has had a long-standing connection with the metal-working trades, the property served both as his home and his commercial premises.
 
Siebe manufactured his first 'closed' diving helmet in 1840. Previously, divers had relied on 'open' helmets from which spent air had to escape beneath the rim of the helmet or below the hem of the diver's rubber jacket, increasing the risk of drowning. Siebe's 'closed' helmet was bolted onto a modified diving suit based on the open helmet dress, with divers receiving air from a pump on the surface. The suit was watertight and thus safer than earlier types of diving dress. Together with special pumps designed by Siebe, it made diving to a depth of about 25 metres possible.
 
Siebe perfected the design of his new diving suit during the salvage operations carried out between 1840 and 1843 on the warship HMS Royal George, sunk in 1782. Following this practical experience of salvage work, his company became the known as source for the safest and best of diving systems.
 
Siebe's other inventions include a dial weighing machine, a paper-making machine, and a rotary water pump. In 1850, he manufactured one of the first ever ice-making machines. Siebe won numerous medals at the 1851 Great Exhibition and the 1855 Paris Exhibition, and was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1856.
 
Siebe died at 5, Denmark St in 1872. His obituary described him as "retiring, kind of heart and honourable in all his dealings." The firm went out-of-business in 1999.
 
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