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This is a USN shallow water dive air pump. It is in okay shape but needs a handle, some hose and some fittings. I will try and restore this one to a more presentable condition. 
 

These were made around 1916 and used by the Navy well into the 1950s. Here is a navy picture of one in use. The picture is from the 1943 USN Dive Manual. 
 

The next picture is the condition I found this pump. The last is after a little cleaning and mounted on a board. I am in the process of making a handle. 
 

Chris

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More pictures from the 1943 USN Dive manual. 
 

 

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I made a handle for the pump. Might have to make some wood scales for the handle. 
 

It appears there is not much interest in this old diver’s air pump. 
 

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I’d bet a lot of people wouldn’t know what that was by looking at it without your description.  Does it still pump?

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54 minutes ago, Doctorofwar said:

I’d bet a lot of people wouldn’t know what that was by looking at it without your description.  Does it still pump?


Thank you for the comment. Yes this one still moves air. The pump could use new seals to be really efficient. 
 

Would love to find a helmet and hose to make the set. 
 

Chris


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The helmets are quite pricey- I think they appeal to many different collecting fields.  I have had my eye out for one myself- one of those things that I dream of finding at a garage sale or something.

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Never would have know that was what that was without your post. I’ve enjoyed watching you restore it. Looks great so far! Thanks for posting.

 

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That is really cool, it would be neat to have a working set. I cant imagine it would be comfortable to dive in tho. 


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Thanks for the comments. I am still looking for air fittings and a hose right now. Would be nice to find an affordable helmet, but that is not likely.  
 

Chris


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