Nautical Antiques & Marine Art at Land and Sea Collection™ Dive Helmets, Ship Models, Sextants

Unique 1945 Morse Commercial Vintage Dive Helmet History

Home
About Us ~ Land And Sea Collection™
Distinguished CLIENTS & CORPORATIONS of Land And Sea Collection™
IMPORTANT RECENT SALES by Land And Sea Collection™
CONSIGN with or SELL to Land And Sea Collection™
STORE POLICIES at Land And Sea Collection™ ~ Terms of Sale
PAY HERE - View Cart - Shipping
SITE MAP & Index by Land And Sea Collection™
FEATURED ITEMS from Land And Sea Collection™
NAUTICAL ANTIQUES by Land And Sea Collection™
BIG BOYS' TOYS by Land And Sea Collection™
CLASSIC MOTORBOAT & SAILBOAT MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
RARE MUSEUM OWNED SWORDS by Land And Sea Collection™
AMERICAN SILVER HILT SWORDS SABERS by Land And Sea Collection™
ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE BINNACLE, COMPASS, HELMS & TELEGRAPHS By Land And Sea Collection™
#Antique John Bliss Skylight Binnacle
ANTIQUE DRY CARD COMPASSES by Land And Sea Collection™
#Antique Robert Merrill Sons Boxed Dry Card Dinghy Compass
#Rare Antique Ritchie Twin Cylindrical Beam Boxed Ship's Compass
#NEGUS Polished Brass Tell Tale Compass Large
ANTIQUE FLINTLOCK & PERCUSSION PISTOLS by Land And Sea Collection™
ANTIQUE SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS by Land And Sea Collection™
ANTIQUE SEXTANTS, OCTANTS & NAVIGATION INSTRUMENTS by Land And Sea Collection™
#C. Plath's Earliest Bronze Frame Sextant
#Troughton & Simms Double Frame Polished Brass Presentation Sextant
#Giant Antique Presentation Octant Gold Gilt Ca 1770
ANTIQUE MARITIME NAVAL SWORDS & CIVIL WAR WEAPONS by Land And Sea Collection™
#M 1852 Horstmann & Son Naval Officers Sword Ca 1860
#Colt M 1861 Navy Cap & Ball Revolver & Slim Jim Holster
#War of 1812 Officer's Eagle Head Sword & Scabbard Simon Helvig and Fils
ANTIQUE SHIPS MARINE NAVIGATION LIGHTS LAMPS & LANTERNS Land And Sea Collection™
#100 Year Old U.S. Navy Polished Brass Navigation Sidelights
AUTHENTIC ANTIQUE NAUTICAL FURNISHINGS & DECOR by Land And Sea Collection™
#American Schooner Yacht Shadowbox - Diorama Ca 1880
#44 Inch Carved American Eagle Artistic Carving Co.
Painting New York State Militia Officer
DIVING HELMETS ANTIQUE and VINTAGE by Land And Sea Collection™
#Poseidon Gold CYKLON Regulator & Presenation Case Mint
WE BUY OLD VINTAGE DIVING HELMETS Land And Sea Collection™
VINTAGE DIVE KNIVES, DIVE PUMPS & DIVE GEAR by Land And Sea Collection™
ANTIQUE VINTAGE SIGNAL SALUTE & SHIPS CANNONS by Land And Sea Collection™
#Royal Horse Artillery 6 Pound Miniature Sterling Presentation Field Cannon
#Revolutionary War 6 Pound Field Signal Cannon Miniature
AUTHENTIC SHIPS FIGUREHEADS at Land And Sea Collection™
ANTIQUE & VINTAGE BOAT & SHIP MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
#Fine Handcrafted Famous American Clipper Ship Cased Model
#Antique Diorama of Sailing Ship ALBUS Michael Gregory Captain
#Four Masted Bark Vintage Sailor-made Model Massive Ca 1920
VINTAGE RADIO CONTROL MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
UNDERSTANDING HALF HULL MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
ANTIQUE BUILDER'S HALF HULL MODELS Page Two by Land And Sea Collection™
#Royal Yacht Squadron Tatania Half Model Ca 1850
#Large American Pilot Boat Half Model Ca 1860
ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE HALF HULL BOAT MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
#NOAA Tank Test Submarine Support Ship Half Hull Model
MINIATURE VINTAGE MODEL SHIPS by Land And Sea Collection™
MILITARY, NAVAL KNIVES, DAGGERS, DIRKS by Land And Sea Collection™
CIVIL WAR & WARD LINES SHIP CAPTAIN'S ARCHIVE by Land And Sea Collection™
US NAVY - ROYAL NAVY ARTIFACTS & RELICS by Land And Sea Collection™
#Blueprint Sloop of War USS Wasp Ca 1806
#Early China Export Trade Silver Bosun's Pipe - Call
#Watercolor Painting of HMS Victory 1737
#Watercolor Painting of Royal Navy 38 Gun Frigate Class of 1793 Signed
Battleship USS North Carolina BB 55 Vintage Model
AUTHENTIC ROYAL NAVY UNIFORMS and MEDALS by Land And Sea Collection™
VINTAGE AIRPLANE MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
#JUNKERS JU 52 "Iron Annie" Airplane Model Larger Size
NEW SEXTANTS - ASTRA III B DELUXE by Land And Sea Collection™
USED SEXTANTS PREMIUM BRANDS by Land And Sea Collection™
#Presenation Quality 3 Ring Sextant Capt. P.V.H. Weems Provenance
#Latest C. Plath "Traditional" Model Sextant Mint
FINE MARINE ART, MARINE PAINTINGS & FOLK ART by Land And Sea Collection™
#A Trio of Sailors at the Ship's Rail Oil on Canvas
#GRAND TURK of Salem, 1815 Watercolor Painting as in Peabody Museum
#Royal Navy Midshipman in the Rigging - Watercolor Ca 1785
#Antique John Bellamy Style Carved American Eagle
Artistic Carving Co. American Eagle
#Ward Line Ship Portrait USS NIAGARA Fredrick S. Cozzens Original Watercolor 1888
#Antique Shipbuilder's Colored Advertising Ship Drawing
MILITARY HEAD GEAR COVERS & HATS by Land And Sea Collection™
AUTHENTIC VINTAGE U.S. NAVY & SHIPS BELLS by Land And Sea Collection™
What There Is To Know About US Navy Bells
#US Vietnam Era Navy Bell & Later Aluminum Bracket
RADIO ROOM CLOCKS - by Land And Sea Collection™
VINTAGE NAVY & MARITIME SHIPS CLOCKS by Land And Sea Collection™, Chelsea, Seth Thomas
#Hamilton 22 Gimbaled Deck Clock & Case
#Seth Thomas WW II US Navy Deck Clock No. 1
#Vintage Chelsea Ship's Bell Clock Hinged Bezel 5 Stars
SHIPS LIGHTING LANTERNS NAVIGATION LAMPS BRASS by Land And Sea Collection™
Perkins Marine Combination Navigation Lamp
ABOUT OUR MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
HALF HULL MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
CONTEMPORARY NAUTICAL ART, MARINE PAINTINGS OF CLASSIC SEASCAPES by Land And Sea Collection™
WOOLWORKS BRITISH WOOLIES by Land And Sea Collection™
#Woolie of Sail Assisted Four Masted British Steamship Sailor Made Wool Work
ARCHIVES of Land And Sea Collection™ raytest
LINKS

This Fine Old Helmet Has Been Sold. Thank you!
 
UNIQUE MORSE COMMERCIAL
VINTAGE DIVING HELMET 1945!

41 Years in Same Ownership
DIMENSIONS OF HELMET: 19 1/2” H x 16 1/2” W x  16" D  WEIGHT 58 lbs

STAND NOT INCLUDED

Copyright 2013 by Land And Sea Collection™, All Rights Reserved

Presented is a unique four light commercial diving helmet made by A. J. Morse & Sons, Inc., which when viewed from the front, may be mistaken for a famous Navy MK V dive helmet. It has an unusual coloration of various shades of vibrant green verdigris over a deep underlying brown patina. This gives it a dramatic appearance. The serial number 6014 on each of the brails, and on the upper and lower neck ring all match and there is an inventory control number stamped in the back of the bonnet and the breast plate. There are numerous small dents all over the bonnet with three significant dents across the top.

What sets this later style commercial helmet apart from the earlier versions is that their sidelights are rectangular and horizontal rather than standing vertical. The side and top guards have been modified by removing the center brace which may have been done to special order.

PROVENANCE: The helmet was sold on August 22, 1945 to C. J. Hendry Co. of San Francisco which was a ship chandler and fishing supplier. It ended up with Oceaneering a commercial diving company with operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The chain of ownership then went to a diver who is now deceased who worked the oil fields of the Gulf. When Oceaneering transitioned to the new light weight fiberglass helmets, he was given this hat as a memento. In 1972, he passed it on to a petroleum engineer of a major oil company who is the immediate past owner.   

Banana exhaust, drop down lock,unmarked star wheel


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.

 

 

Bottom of breast plate
Inside of bonnet
CONDITION:  The front door unscrews and the exhaust valve wheel turns. The air passages are all intact, one of them has been re soldered. The chin button is in place and functions. Field repairs were made to stop leaking around the top light. Other soldering has wasted due to galvanic action over the years. There are three significant dents across the top crown and many small dents.  All the ports are original and the left side glass is a replacement while the safety glass on the right side is showing small bubbles. The brass screws, two bolts and one nut have been replaced. There is no speaker.
 
A MK V speaker cup is positioned correctly. Note the Drop down lock on right

MARKINGS: The Morse name tag reads A.J. Morse & Son, Inc., Boston, Mass., USA, on four lines. The number 6014 appears on both the upper and lower neck rings and on safety of all four brails. The two front brails are stamped "front". There is an inventory control number 09-01-030 is stamped on the back of the bonnet and the breast plate.
 
 
Arrows point to inventory number and soldered field repair.
 
BRIEF HISTORY OF MORSE DIVING: In the arena of deep sea diving, there are few companies with the longevity and correctly Morse Diving. The company was founded in 1837 as a Boston maker of brass ware, three years before Englishman Augustus Siebe manufactured its first closed air dive helmet. During the Civil War, the firm commenced building maritime fittings and began experimenting with early underwater hardhat designs from Siebe-Gorman and other pioneering makers. In 1864, Andrew Morse bought out his partner, introduced his sons into the business, and began to focus on creating new products for underwater salvage expeditions. Morse was the first company to make the Navy MK V helmet, starting production in 1916. As their expertise and experience grew over the years, they developed a worldwide reputation as a major supplier of hardhat diving apparatus. Morse continues in business today in Rockland, MA.

A. Morse & Son, Inc. tag
Serial numbers on upper and lower neck ring

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.

SHIPPING & PACKING: 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.

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.

Copyright 2013 by Land And Sea Collection™, All Rights Reserved