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Presented is a helmet was one of the last made by made by A. Schrader & Son, Inc of Brooklyn,
shortly before their assets were sold to Craftsweld Manufacturing Company, also of New York
in 1952. It
was Schrader’s practice not to number their bonnets, but the breast plate’s tag carries
number 1477, and was likely made
in 1951. In 1999 Craftsweld, a maker of underwater diving
other accessories, made only the commercial version of the Scrhrader design from
1999 when the helmet assets were again sold, this time to
Atlantic Diving Equipment,
Co. The seller kept
the use of the Schrader name. The picture below is that of a tinned Craftsweld
after the purchase.
The patina on this helmet is in shades of dark
green on both the bonnet and breast plate. In
addition the bonnet’s top has some deep reds . It is in outstanding condition
with all moving parts functioning except for the front door. The front door is supposed to screw in and out, but needs
to be freed-up.The communication fitting on the back is marked
Craftsweld. The helmet comes
from the family of a professional diver
where it was for the last 50 years.CONDITION: In excellent shape for a helmet that
has served in commercial service and is over 50 years old. The speaker and ear piece are present. The front door does
not unscrew. The air passages are all intact. The chin button is in place and functions properly. The bonnet shows
only a few small dents and only a few small dimples. They add to its character. A number of items have been
removed from front of the bonnet such as lashing eyes, and hooks. There is a round plate adjacent to the front port from
which something has been removed. These appear to have been professionally done by a factory and are not field modifications.
The hole in lock in back has been soldered closed, and the lower right hand screw on the front guard has been tapped to extract,
but never removed. The nuts used are from a MK V, and not the wing type nuts shown in the picture of the tinned Craftsweld.
There is nothing else of consequence.
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 ship.
Schrader tag, number
All vents intact
Deep red patina on top
WE ALSO HAVE A 1913 SCHRADER BONNET FOR
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OF A. SCHRADER’S & SON: August Schrader arrived in
New York in August of 1840 from Hamburg, Germany where he was a mechanic. By 1844, he had opened a shop at 115 John St in
Manhattan making parts for taking daguerreotype photographs. Shortly thereafter, Christian Baecher joined the company. Baecher
was a metal worker in brass.
In 1846, Schrader took
an interest in an underwater race in lower Manhattan off “The Battery”. After inspecting the divers equipment he decided that
he could make improvements and better helmets. By 1849, Schrader had made two helmets which he sold to the Union India Rubber
Co. of New York for $12.00 each. More orders were to follow. He produced an improved air pump in 1856, and now was well underway
in the diving equipment business.
During the onslaught
of World War Two only Morse and Schrader were making dive helmets for the Navy. DESCO and Miller-Dunn came into the picture
as the War progressed.
In 1952, the company
was sold to Craftsweld Manufacturing Corp. In 1999 Craftsweld sold the assets of Schrader to Atlantic Diving Equipment,Co.,
but kept the use of the Schrader name.
on excerpts from the book, “100 Years of Air Control, 1844-1944″, by A. Schrader’s & Son”
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If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three 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.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 $100.00 depending on destination and amount of insurance.International buyers welcome, but inquire first.
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