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Presented is a single light Miller-Dunn Divinhood
No. 1, which was the helmet that started the company’s prominence in the shallow water diving arena. This helmet is
so simple as to make diving a relatively simple procedure. It is complete in all respects. The helmet is shown in these pictures
without front and back weights. However, the appropriate weights are included with its sale. The helmet comes from a single
collection where it was for the last twenty six years.
This style helmet is one of the most rudimentary
of all diving helmets and is extremely rare. An example should be a part of every serious collection.
Maker’s stamps on two sides
BRIEF HISTORY OF MILLER DUNN DIVING: The Miami, FL.
company was founded 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 first introduced around 1915 which was quickly was
adopted for use in all forms of shallow water work. We have a No. 1, and look for it to be placed at auction. The original
design was simplicity in its most fundamental sense. This was followed by the No. 2 Divinhood which became the U.S. navy’s
official shallow water diving apparatus, and was part of the ships gear on many naval vessels.
In 1939, just before the onslaught of WW II, the No. 3 Divinhood was introduced.
It was used by commercial and navy divers worldwide for shallow water work.
During the first days of World War Two only Morse and then Schrader were making
dive helmets for the navy. DESCO and Miller-Dunn went into production around 1943 with DESCO becoming the number one producer,
and Miller-Dunn making the least. In total only about 7,000 MK V helmets were produced by all four companies during the war
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 1950’s.
CONDITION and MARKINGS: This helmet is in the
condition it was used in its last dive in order to preserve its character and history. There are some dents accumulated over
its years of use, mostly on the right side. 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.
Stamped on each side of the helmet appears:
U.S. Pat Aug 1916
Foreign Pats Pending
Miller-Dunn Co Miami Florida
The four weights required not shown in the pictures are included in the
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.
ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer,
cashier’s check, money order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. No credit cards or
PayPal accepted on big ticket items.
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