Old Shrader Helmet owned and used by the famous Merritt; Chapman And Scott Corp. On the front and back there are two Iron name tags soldered on. This helmet was used by a diver to make a living. In 1909, the RMS Republic was struck by the SS Florida, and sank in 40 fathoms of open ocean off Nantucket, Massachusetts the next day after unsuccessful towing attempts by the MC&S Relief and other tugs, taking a rumoured 3 million in gold currency with her. Merritt-Chapman were engaged by the US Government to evaluate salvage operations and whether it would be possible to raise her, or to carry out a diving salvage.
It was their conclusion that operations were not possible, and the New York papers all reported the view as definitive, demonstrating that MC&S already had considerable reputation for expertise in maritime salvage. This helmet is in excellent condition with original glass, retaining plates and bolting. The original patina on the copper shell and bronze fittings is gorgeous. This rare and beautiful antique diving helmet would be a wonderful addition to your antique collection, office, living room or man cave!Good luck and thanks for looking! All the measurements are approximate. Packing : Packing In Single Parcels. The images are as accurate as possible. However, may vary due to lightning, flash light while photo shoot and according to screen settings and resolution.
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