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Fullface mask by Victor Berge (circa 1940`s)

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by АлександрД, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    OMG -- No thermal protection!


    Mare Island Naval Shipyard is in San Francisco Bay, +/- 50° F or 10° C.
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  2. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Sam, I'm not on the island but should be able to post a picture when I get back there
  3. АлександрД

    АлександрД Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Moscow, Russia
    - This is not Berge mask, it is very different and very rare mask - First Japanese diving mask (1918) "near-fullface" mask

    Also one very interesting notice...
    When I told about my experience with self made full face mask - I told about masks with cylindrical or spherical glases... modern mask, used it - is Aquasphere, some years before - it was Hydrooptics, but first mask, used spherical glasses to correct air/water refraction - was Victor Berge mask!

  4. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: NYS
    Another fabulous thread by real experts АлександрД, Sam Miller and Akimbo. Thank you.
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  5. Saiper

    Saiper Garibaldi

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: UK
    Apologies for bumping a rather old thread, especially seeing as how I'm a new member.

    Basically (and to cut a rather long story short), my uncle passed away last year and bequeathed me several of his possessions. Being a keen diver and WW2 historian, most of these items were military and naval collectible items, most of which I have been able to research and value. However....one of them proved quite difficult to find information upon. Until that is, I found this thread! Thanks op:) The item in question is a Victor Berge mask; in specific it appears to be the exact same one in the first post.

    Having absolutely no interest in historical diving artifacts (apologies to all those that do), I'd ideally like to get the item back to its country of origin and in the hands of someone who can appreciate it; either it be a museum or a private collector. If anyone knows someone who may be interested, please let me know.

    Anyway, thanks again op. The information you posted proved to be extremely useful.


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  6. Mike Lev

    Mike Lev Barracuda

    As far as a value.Like it is,maybe $200.If you had the original round brass second stage maybe up to $700.I have a mint one.Good luck.
  7. Saiper

    Saiper Garibaldi

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: UK
    Thanks for the reply. It's quite an interesting looking item, so I might put it on display. One thing I've noticed is that it's quite small. They must have had smaller heads back then:D

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