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VINTAGE MILLER-DUNN NAVY STANDARD STYLE 2 DIVINHOOD Ca 1929

SPECIFICATIONS: 22 1/2" H x 11 1/2 W add 1 1/2" for handle.

Helmet Weight bare 26 1/2 lbs. Weights 28 lbs. Total 54 1/2 lbs.

 

Presented is a shallow water Miller-Dunn Navy Style 2 Divinhood. It is complete in all respects including second generation weights. This and the Style 1 are the rarest of this maker's helmets and the most dramatic looking of the three. The helmet has been owned by the same family for the last 40 years and is new to the market. It is in its state of last being dived and has dark reddish paint with some black paint marks over.

This style helmet is one of the most dramatic of all diving helmets and rarely comes on the market. An example should be a part of every serious collection.

BRIEF HISTORY OF MILLER DUNN DIVING HELMETS: The Miami, FL. company was founded by William S. Dunn and William F. Miller 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 introduced around 1914, which was quickly adopted for use in all forms of light duty shallow water work. After 18 months in process, in August ,1916, they were issued U.S. patent 1195793.

 

Having had personal experience with the Style 1, we find its light weight and rudimentary design interesting to only the most dedicated collector who wants an example of each model. It was followed by the Style 2 Divinhood which became the U.S. Navy's first official shallow water diving apparatus, and was part of the ships gear on many naval vessels prior to World War II. Considered one of the most dramatic helmets ever made, they are extremly rare and remenicient of a medieval knights armor. We have not had one to offer in years.

 

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.

 

                                  Miller-Dunn Style 2 Ca 1930

 

In 1939, just before the onslaught of WW II, the Style 3 Divinhood was introduced and mass produced in the many thousands through out the course of the War. They were ruggedly made, have a distinctive look, and readily available on the market. You will find numerous sold examples on our website.

Miller-Dunn also made the Navy MK V in small quantities well behind Morse, DESCO and Schrader, since it was the primary and possibly the only shallow water hard hat supplier to the Navy.

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.

 

                                      Miller-Dunn Style 1 Ca 1916
                           Miller-Dunn Style 3 Ca 1940

CONDITION and MARKINGS: This helmet is in remarkable condition for its age and use having only two very shallow dents on the top which are very difficult to see. Other than those there are no faults.

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.

The tag that appears on the right side of the helmet reads:

 

DIVINHOOD Style 2

Navy Standard

U.S. 1195793 - 1595909. and Foreign Patents

Miller-Dunn Co.

Miami, FL

 

The weights read:

 

Dunn Divinghood

U.S. Patent Aug. 1916

Foreign Pat. Pending

Miller-Dunn, Miami FLA


                    Maker's tag Navy Standard Style 2
                            Miller-Dunn second generation weights
                                    Almost invisable shallow dents
                                                 Inside of helmet
                                                               Back weights shown with Navy MK V nuts
 
 
This is the finest example of a Miller-Dunn Style 2 Navy Standard diving helmet that we've seen. It will make a rare addition to any important collection or as a gift of significance.

                   One of the most dramatic helmets made
                         Ideal as a focus point in any decor

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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 if an error is due to our fault.

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