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Vintage Helmet: Classic Film
by Leon Lyons

 This is one of 15-20 Helmets made for the movie "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" starring Curt Douglas.

This an original helmet made for the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea starring Curt Douglas. I estimate that it was made in 1953. The movie was released in 1954. I had a buddy of

mine call me in 1984 and tell me there were two of them for sale in San Diego in a shop. I bought one and he bought the other. At estimate there were 15 to 20 of these made for the movie. They are a Japanese helmet and altered with futuristic material that was added for the movie. They used these helmets with tanks and a mask under water. Some of these helmets were made out of Fiberglas. This is one of

over 270 Helmets I own. My second edition of Helmets of the Sea will have this helmet in the book, release date will be the end of this year.


Check it out in the
Leon Lyons Maritime Museum


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