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

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

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

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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