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Joe Savoie Dive Helmet Low Single Digit Serial Number

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RARE JOE SAVOIE DIVE HELMET
Low Single Digit Serial Number

Sold by Private Treaty. Listed as a matter of record!

DIMENSIONS:
10" H x 13 1/2" W x 14" D Weight 27 lbs

Presented
is one of the early fiber light weight dive helmets designed by Joe Savoie of Boutte, Louisiana in the 1960's. Joe revolutionized dive helmet designs with his carefully engineered stainless components and rubber neck dam. He passed away at age 70 on march 10 1996.
This helmet was originally owned by Randy Padgett who worked with Joe on Gulf oil rigs at Dave Evans Divers in Louisiana. Randy died in the 70s and the helmet, in its last dived condition, was given by the family to the last prior owner where it remained until recently. The helmet is in remarkably good condition with everything intact.
 
Joe's original Style 1 design was based on an Italian race car driver's helmet with fiberglass body and flip-up face mask with his machined stainless fittings, and innovative rubber neck dam. It became immediately popular in the Commercial Diving Industry. This Style 2 helmet has a fixed face shield, and improved air control and exhaust valves.The first of the Style 2 helmets continued to use the fiber racing shell which was changed to steel in 1971. In total Joe produced several hundred different types and styles in both fiberglass and steel for air and mixed gas and a few with a number of demand regulators.

LIKE ALL OLD HELMETS IT SHOULD NOT BE DIVED WITHOUT BEING CERTIFIED

Left side with fixed faceplate
Right side showing exhaust valve
Two small communication inlets

Stainless steel machined fittings

PROVENANCE: The helmet was originally owned by Randy Padgett. In the 1960's, Randy and Joe Savoie worked together for Dave Evans Divers in Louisiana on gulf oil rigs. Randy died in the 70s and the helmet was given by the family to the last prior owner where it remained until recently in its last dived condition.

MARKINGS:
The initials, JS appears on both exhaust valves with Joe's signature beneath. The single digit serial number is stamped on the intake elbow.
Left side valve and markings
Right side valve and markings
COMPARABLE EBAY SALE: On August 11, 2011 a stainless air/gas Savoie helmet Number 48 sold on eBay for
$8550.00. The listing stated it had been modified by a commercial diver and that the original leather liner and faceplate were replacements.

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