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This Great Looking Helmet Has Been Sold. Thank you!
 
VINTAGE NAVY MK V DIVE HELMET  RECREATION

 
DIMENSIONS: 17 1/2" H x 13 1/2" W x 16 1/2" D             Weight 37 lbs
PRICE $1995.00 plus Flate Rate shipping to 48 contiguous States $80.00
For payment options contact info@landandseacollection.com
 
Stand Not Included       
 
Presented is a dive helmet  which could easily be mistaken for a US Navy MK V helmet even though some of the critical details are missing. It has a great looking, rustic appearance and has none of the overly polished machine made parts of contemporary reproductions which sell for around $1500.00. It  was handmade made in South Korea, and brought to the States by its original owner. The helmet's good looks are enhanced by its attractive, natural patina of age which varies in colors and the extensive verdigris. Since not many people can own an authentic Navy MK V helmet that currently sell for $6000 and up it makes this a very attractive alternative. 
 
The bonnet is made from spun copper with rough brass castings. It's front port opens, but the movable parts need some freeing up. The bonnet is mounted on the breast plate using traditional interrupted threads and turns freely. Lacking on the back is a locking device to keep the bonnet from turning. The exhaust is of a Korean design and there is no spit cock as on a MK V. The brales have no markings and the tag is only partially legible. There are air vents inside, a chin button air release valve, and the remnants of a nondescript speaker. For a helmet of this type it weighs a heavy 37 pounds.
 
Close examination shows that the helmet would not hold air, and would leak. It is being sold for display only and no attempt should be made to dive it.
THIS HELMET IS NOT INTENDED FOR DIVING
 
                  No spitcock fitted
           Opening front port and MK V guards 
               Korean style exhaust valve              
                 TOA tag partially illegible
 
TOA DIVING APPARATUS COMPANY: The Toa company was founded in 1909 in Minamisenji Japan as a maker of diving equipment. In 1924, it was established as a corporation making all kinds of  diving equipment. In 1944, the Imperial Navy took over the factory management and workforce of 50 men and women. It gradually grew to be largest diving and equipment manufacturer in Japan, and also had a school for training divers. They manufactured 12 bolt helmets with round breastplates and also the square pearler type breastplates. The Company may still be in business to day. 
 
MARKINGS: There are no markings.
 
This helmet is an opportunity to own a Navy MK V facsimile at a reasonable price, and have an interesting an dramatic display piece.
 
                   Left side
                          Right side
             Breast plate bottom showing brail studs soldered over
                        
CONDITION:
The bonnet seems to be made of an inner and outer layer of copper. Some of the castings show voids and other irregularities. All of the guards, but the top front are MK V style. The studs and nuts holding the front door are iron. The two nipple weight holders are too close together. The edges of the breast plate are turned over a metal band showing hand made work, and the underside of the brails have been drilled to lighten them.  The name on the tag is partially illegible. The top port has screws from the inside holding it compared to the back of the breast plate's studs which are soldered.  There is some sort of a speaker inside which may have been added later. The exhaust is Korean style, and not a MK V type banana exhaust. Other deviations are noted elsewhere in the narrative.

 
           Back of helmet with speaker wires, wing nuts and no lock
 
SHIPPING & PACKING: Due to the nature of this item, special protective packaging is used for shipment.  We price shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling. In the continental U.S. shipping a helmet of this weight will generally cost $80.00.

OUR UNCONDITIONAL NO NONSENSE GUARANTEE: 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 within the continental United States if an error is due to our fault.

International buyers welcome, but inquire first. We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Republic of China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Maarten, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.

ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. Our prices are quoted net to seller, but credit cards may be accepted through PayPal for verified members by special arrangement.

Because of its dramatic appearance, this helmet is perfect for display in your den, office or boardroom

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