Based on both the engraving by Paulus Fürst done in 1656 in Rome, as well as a leather reproduction mask in the Steno Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, “The Furst” is Tom’s “first” plague doctor mask creation. The Furst is all hand-stitched and has a 6″ long beak. The leather is the finest top grain vegetable tanned cowhide. The eyepieces have acrylic lenses that are sewn in place.
The only change Tom made to this model from the historical designs was to move the eyepieces toward the front of the face so that the wearer can actually see out of them whereas the historical reproduction at Steno Museum and Furst’s engraving had the eyes pointing out to the sides.
The mask has an adjustable strap around the back of the head that fastens with a buckle and is attached to the mask with rivets. There is also a strap that runs across the top of the head to make it easier to wear.
Historical Plague Doctors That Tom Based "The Furst" Plague Doctor Mask On
The Furst Photo Gallery
Out in the Wild
The Furst was featured in the 2012 movie Armynel, the movie “Hurricane” by Jared Leto & Thirty Seconds To Mars, and the WGN TV Show “Salem”.