An instant icon, Tom Banwell’s third plague doctor mask (and second steampunk plague doctor mask), The Ichabod, is named after Ichabod Crane, with a long thin beak reminiscent of a crane. It’s polished metal beak and eyes with victorian surface embellishments are iconically steampunk.
In order to achieve the thinner beak, there is a gathered piece of soft lambskin as a chin and throat cover. Ichabod is made of top grain cowhide, hand-stitched with waxed thread, with a polished beak and eyepieces cast in cold-cast aluminum, with the beak extending out to 7½” long.
The straps are adjustable by means of three buckles, and the mask will fit a head between a small 21″ all the way up to an extra large 24″.
The Ichabod Photo Gallery
Out in the Wild
The Ichabod was featured in an exhibit at Museo, in Anaheim, CA in 2011.
“A new, multimedia Steampunk exhibition opens Sunday at Muzeo in Anaheim. “Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination” examines the origins of Steampunk, with a review of its scientific and literary sources. The show also offers a look at material Steampunk culture, with drawings, action figures, costumes, imaginary inventions, videos, photos and ephemera from Steampunk events.”
The Orange County Register, October 24, 2011