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Plague Doctor Owls: an enamel pin set!

An enamel pin set of owl-like plague doctors

Plague Doctor Owls: an enamel pin set!

An enamel pin set of owl-like plague doctors

$631
pledged of $800pledged of $800 goal
24
backers
4days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, September 21 2019 9:31 PM UTC +00:00.

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Plague doctors! It seems like everybody loves them these days, doesn't it? And why not? These early haz-mat suits were just darn spooky! Perfect for Halloween, I'm designing a plague-doc styled  Owl pin with glow in the dark eyes.

Not all real, actual plague costumes were as classy and dapper as our image of them, however...

The most authentic plague masks surviving today are a far cry from the slick, pale bird-skull everybody knows and loves, but hastily made, baglike affairs intended for function over form, so we're giving Plague Owl a little brother (or sister, or whatever you want it to be) whose fashion sense is a little more rustic.

BOTH pins will be about an inch across, made of hard enamel, with eyes that glow brightly in the dark!

FUN FACTS:

  • Plague doctors did not yet actually exist at the time of the Black Death!
  • The beaked costume associated with the masquerade ball is representative of these outfits.
  • The nose or beak was stuffed with perfume believed to counter the "miasma" or "evil smells" that spread disease.
  • Black roof rats and their fleas are most commonly implicated in bubonic plague, but outbreaks were more likely to be spread by other animals, including from one human to another via body lice.
  • It's likely that plague suits were made in many different styles, since there was no particular reason they needed to look like birds. Few records exist of their full range of design, but there is this funky fella:

We did not design a pin of this funky fella. It would not be easy to.

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Risks and challenges

None! We've designed many pins, and as long as they are funded, they get made without a hitch!

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    ONE PLAGUE OWL

    One pin of the black robed, white masked plague doctor owl!

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    ONE "AUTHENTIC" PLAGUE OWL

    This is the dirty, brown, leathery little weirdo! He's a bit messed up but we love him anyway!

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    BOTH DESIGNS

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    4 PINS AND BONUS STICKERS!

    Get each plague doctor, plus two pins of your choice from all those I still have available! (See etsy.com/scythemantis), plus a sticker set of the pair!

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