This is a very rare Authentic Antique Chubb Panorama LTD. of Sussex, England, Manual Bellow Air Pump System, circa 1910. You won’t find another Chubb Panorama fog horn on the Internet. The few other listings are from the company Siebe Gorman & Co. This was a foot operated air supply pump for either a Deep Sea Diving Helmet or Firefighters Smoke Helmet. This originally was an air pump used to pump fresh air into the safety helmet using the double bellow system operation.
To operate the bellows, the large aluminum foot pedal was pressed down and using the tension of the large spring, air can be sent to the helmet. On the top is an early plastic label panel that explains how by using a system of pulls the wearer and attendant could communicate.
CODE OF SIGNALS ON LIFELINE
FROM WEARER TO ATTENDANT
1 Pull. MORE AIR
2 Pulls. SLACK OFF LIFELINE
3 Pulls. HELP ME OUT IMMEDIATELY
FROM ATTENDANT TO WEARER
3 Pulls. COME OUT IMMEDIATELY
Around 1910, more advanced and efficient methods, which included oxygen tanks etc., forced these antiquated machines out of the market. With this, companies began to add the large brass horn to the bellow pump and sold it as a portable Fog Horn for maritime sailors and fishermen to sound out to approaching ships, or to alert sailors of on board dangers.
Height: 1 foot 6.5 inches
Length: 2 foot 3 inches
Width: 10 inches
Weight: 15.3 pounds
You will be shipped the exact Authentic Antique Chubb Panorama Double Bellow Air Pump Fog Horn as shown in the pictures above.