Steampunk Yersinia Pestis mask for sale
Steampunk plague doctor mask handmade of medium weight veg tan leather with cold cast aluminum eyepieces. beak and ventilators. Steel dome rivets and buckles, and solid brass rings, complete the look. This mask is all handstitched with waxed thread. The domed cage eyepieces make it hard for people to look in, but fairly easy for the wearer to look out. There are no lenses, so nothing to fog up. The three straps are adjustable to fit most adult sized heads. The leather was dyed violet and red, then antiqued black over that to give the mask a look of antiquity. There are two neoprene rubber pads, one for the forehead and one for the chin.
This mask is a steampunk version inspired by the original masks of the plague doctors:
The clothing worn by plague doctors was intended to protect them from airborne diseases. The costume, originating in the 17th century, consisted of an ankle length overcoat and a bird-like beak mask often filled with sweet or strong smelling substances (commonly lavender), along with gloves, boots, a wide-brimmed hat, and an outer over-clothing garment.
The mask had glass openings in the eyes and a curved beak shaped like that of a bird. Straps held the beak in front of the doctor’s nose. The beak could hold dried flowers (including roses and carnations), herbs (including mint), spices, camphor, or a vinegar sponge. The purpose of the mask was to keep away bad smells, which were thought to be the principal cause of the disease in the miasma theory of infection. Doctors believed the herbs would counter the bad air of the plague and prevent them from becoming infected.
The beak doctor costume worn by plague doctors had a wide-brimmed leather hat to indicate their profession.
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