The DESCO 1 light and 4 light Shallow Water Diving Helmets

The DESCO Shallow Water Helmet is the most basic design in our helmet line. It was produced for commercial use in the 1940's.The Shallow Water Helmet differs from other helmets in that the breastplate and top are permanently joined together. The helmet rests on the divers shoulders without being attached to a diving dress. The helmet is held in place by weight. Air is exhausted from the helmet by it escaping under the breastplate lip. It comes high polished and complete with front and back weights. The DESCO One Light Shallow Water Helmet has the standard square 6 3/4"x 7" front window. The top shell and breastplate are riveted and soldered together. The window is polycarbonate. It comes with two kidney weights held on with Mark V Flanged Wingnuts. The helmet is also equipped with a Navy Mark V Non-Return Valve. A cast handle is mounted on the top for carrying and to aid in donning. The nametag is the old cast "Diving Equipment & Salvage Co.", soldered to the upper rear of the shell. The original drawing of the DESCO Shallow Water Helmet with the cast breastplate ( currently available from DESCO ) is dated 9/3/1948, the original design only lasted about four years.                                                                                                  ( images & info  )

The DESCO Four Light Shallow Water Helmet has the standard rectangular 6 3/4" x 7" front window, plus two 3 1/2" x 7" rectangular side windows. The top window is a oval commercial helmet top window. All other details are the same as the One Light Helmet. Shipping weight approximately 78 lbs.                                             ( images & info  )

The DESCO first generation Shallow Water Diving Helmets

As World War II wound down the scramble was on to make new products for the civilian market. In August of 1944 DESCO had catalog photos taken of a shallow water helmet they designed. It featured a formed Copper breastplate permanently mounted to a long version of a Buie helmet shell. A modified Buie faceted front window and a Agar top window were used. The helmet was fitted with "football" shaped weights front and back. The breastplate didn't have the edge bead like the Morse Shallow Water Helmet which probably made it easier to manufacture but more prone to being bent or deformed during use.                                                                                                                           ( images & info  )


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