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The Pardoe Collection of Diving Helmets and Equipment

513 Lot Collection

The Tony and Yvonne Pardoe Collection of diving helmets and other equipment comprises all the diving equipment illustrated in their book 'Diving Helmets and Equipment Through the Ages' (2012), together with many additional items.

An early 12 bolt square corselet diving helmet by CE Heinke & Co Ltd.

An early 12 bolt square corselet diving helmet by CE Heinke & Co Ltd.

The Tony and Yvonne Pardoe collection of diving helmets and other equipment is well known to collectors and historic diving societies around the world since the publication of their two volume book Diving Helmets and Equipment Through the Ages in 2012.

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are pleased to have received instructions to sell the entire contents appearing in both volumes as well as additional ancillary equipment and spares not included in the original publication.

The collection comprises many examples of diving helmets, pumps, suits, knives and accessories from makers such as Siebe Gorman, Heinke, Draeger, Morse, Schrader and may others.

Sale Information

SS2: The Pardoe Collection Sale
Wednesday, 15th June 2016
Okehampton Street, Exeter

Lots from the Collection

Lot SS2/1

Lot SS2/1: An Early 20th Century Miller Dunn 'Dunn Divinhood' (Style One) Shallow Water Diving Helmet

An early 20th century Miller Dunn 'Dunn Divinhood' (style one) shallow water diving helmet, riveted brass handle to top over single circular window and side air inlet, rectangular weight hangers to front and rear, 53cm high.

Estimate: £600 - £800
Realised: £420
Lot SS2/2

Lot SS2/2: A Miller Dunn 'Divinhood' Navy Standard (Style Two) Shallow Water Diving Helmet by Miller Dunn, Miami

A Miller Dunn 'Divinhood' Navy Standard (style two) shallow water diving helmet by Miller Dunn, Miami, brass handle to top, with circular comms connection cap and safety chain, side air intake, squared and angled front windows with double bar guards, stamped 'B12' to the window surround, copper weight mounts to front and back, 61cm high. See page 3, vol 1, 'Diving Helmets and Equipment Through the Ages'.

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500
Realised: £1,100
Lot SS2/3

Lot SS2/3: A Miller Dunn 'Divinhood', Navy Standard (Style Three) Shallow Water Diving Helmet by Miller Dunn, Miami

A Miller Dunn 'Divinhood', Navy Standard (style three) shallow water diving helmet by Miller Dunn, Miami, lifting handle to top oval top and circular side windows with guards, square faceplate with guard and air intake, rear bulge for ease of head movement, nameplate inscribed 'Divinhood Style 3. Navy Standard. US 1195793. 1595908 and foreign patents. Miller-Dunn Co, Miami, FLA.', front weight marked 'Front wt. No 3 Divinhood Millerdunn.Co Miami FLA.', 63cm high See page 4-5, vol 1, 'Diving Helmets and Equipment Through the Ages'.

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500
Realised: £2,000
Lot SS2/4

Lot SS2/4: A Miller Dunn 'Divinhood' Navy Standard (Style Three) Shallow Water Diving Helmet by Miller Dunn, Miami

A Miller Dunn 'Divinhood' Navy Standard (style three) shallow water diving helmet by Miller Dunn, Miami, lifting handle to top, circular top and side windows with guards, square front window with guard and air intake lower left, rear head bulge, makers plate as per title, 61cm high.

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500
Realised: £1,850
Lot SS2/5

Lot SS2/5: A Cast Iron Shallow Water Diving Helmet by Snead & Co, New Jersey, Second Style

A cast iron shallow water diving helmet by Snead & Co, New Jersey, second style, single cast with joined rim, square section handle to the top and forward air intake, single 'frog eye' window, signed to front 'Snead Co Jersey City NJ Patt pending', 57cm high.

Estimate: £500 - £700
Realised: £300
Lot SS2/6

Lot SS2/6: An Iron Shallow Water Diving Helmet by Snead & Co, New Jersey, Third Style

An iron shallow water diving helmet by Snead & Co, New Jersey, third style, rounded handle and rear air intake, Perspex window, signed to front as per title, internal baffle plate, the interior over painted white, 55cm high.

Estimate: £500 - £700
Realised: £420
Lot SS2/7

Lot SS2/7: A Brass Shallow Water Diving Helmet by Snead & Co, New Jersey, Fourth Style

A brass shallow water diving helmet by Snead & Co, New Jersey, fourth style, signed as per title, rounded handle to top with air intake to the rear, Perspex window, interior baffle plate, 55cm high.

Estimate: £500 - £700
Realised: £1,050
Lot SS2/8

Lot SS2/8: A Shallow Water Diving Helmet by Desco, Made Specially For the Pardoe Collection

A shallow water diving helmet by Desco, made specially for the Pardoe collection, the spun copper top attached to a cast brass corselet with square cast brass window, riveted handle to top, rear downward facing air inlet, signed to corselet 'Diving Equip and Supply Co Milwaukee Wis', front and rear weight posts, 49cm high.

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500
Realised: £980
Lot SS2/9

Lot SS2/9: A Modern Steel Shallow Water Diving Helmet by Subaqueous Engineering

A modern steel shallow water diving helmet by Subaqueous Engineering, number 'B-05-02', top handle over circular window with guard, oval front window with guard and gas valve air inlet, maker's plaque to breastplate, safety tie off and front and rear hanging posts, 47cm high.

Estimate: £500 - £700
Realised: £600
Lot SS2/10

Lot SS2/10: A Shallow Water Diving Helmet by Morse Diving Equipment Company Inc, Boston, USA

A shallow water diving helmet by Morse Diving Equipment Company Inc, Boston, USA, number '6308', folding brass handle to top over a single pentagonal panoramic window, rear air inlet and side tie off, maker's plate to breastplate as per title, the front and rear weight posts threaded and secured with corselet nuts, 59cm high handle raised.

Estimate: £700 - £1,000
Realised: £880
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