Diving Helmet

Production date
Circa 1960s
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TF 12 Diving Helmet, c. 1960s
Hai Tun Qian Shui Zhuang Ji Company (China)
12 bolt, 3 light (window). Manufactured in China using the Siebe Gorman Standard Dress Diving Helmet style; Admiralty Pattern.
MARITIME TECHNOLOGY Diving Diver's helmet
Production date
Circa 1960s
Production place
Height 420mm (measured from base of corselet to highest point on bonnet)
Width 322mm (measured between two widest points of of the bonnet and corselet included)
Depth 514mm (measured between the most forward projection of the bonnet/corselet and the furtherest rear projection of the bonnet/corselet)
Media/Materials description
Copper, brass, glass
History and use
This helmet is in the Siebe Gorman standard dress style but its features (including air inlet and side grills) are of Asian style. The bezel lugs from the viewing light (faceplate/window) are missing and as a consequence, there are gouges in the rim of the viewing light (faceplate) from the use of a plumbers wrench. There are two (2) side lights (windows) with grill covers. This helmet has four (4) weight lugs, two (2) each on the front and back of the corselet.

Siebe Gorman designed the first successful diving helmet (used in the excavation of the ship 'Royal George' off Portsmouth, England) in c.1840. The Siebe helmet and fittings design proved to be so reliable that Siebe’s ‘standard diving dress’ became the British Admiralty’s benchmark for all diving equipment.

These Chinese helmets were designed for the average sized Asian person, making the helmet (bonnet and corselet) smaller and lighter than the average American or European helmet. China still produces dive helmets similar to this one today.
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