This fabulous old authentic Japanese dive helmet was used in the pearl diving industry and was made in Japan by the TOA company which was founded in 1909 in Minamisenji. By 1944 the Company name was changed to TOA Diving equipment and after a few months the Imperial Navy took over the running of the factory.
With its limited workforce of 50 men and women it gradually worked its way up to being the number one diving and equipment manufacturer in Japan . They also specialised in the training of divers and manufactured this style of 12 bolt helmets with a round breastplate and also the square pearler type breastplate.
Made from brass/bronze it has developed a wonderful patina & is an amazing historic piece that would make a stunning feature in any home or business.
Weighs approx 18 kilos