This Jolly Roger skull-and-crossbones handmade leather eye patch is a fitting costume piece for a pirate captain! Not just any scurvy dog can make an eye patch of such fine quality. This Jolly Roger is not made from a mass-produced stamp, but is carefully hand-carved down to the tiniest tooth, and painted bone-white against a black background. Be the envy of the other pirates aboard your ship (or perhaps at the masquerade or Renaissance Fair), but keep your good eye open or the mutinous blackguards may try to filch your hard-earned booty.
I also make a skull-and-crossed-swords Jolly Roger eye patch, as well as other designs (see last photo).
This handmade eye patch is made of durable hardened leather and can be worn over either the left or right eye. Each eye patch fastens with lightly waxed black cotton cords, tied with sturdy sliding knots which are fully adjustable to fit men, women, and teens. I opted not to use elastic, as it can tend to stretch and wear out quickly -- also because I just don't like the way it looks and feels. The knotted cotton cords look and feel more stylish and professional, in my semi-humble opinion.
Please use caution and common sense when wearing an eye patch, as it can cause loss of depth perception and balance (and, of course, you lose a large portion of your range of vision as well). Do not wear a costume eyepatch while driving to the Halloween masquerade (or anywhere else). This is not a medical eyepatch. Please get your doctor's approval if you intend to use this over or in lieu of a medical eye patch.
Mythbusters did a piece about eye patches which showed the probable reason the eye patch is such an iconic wardrobe staple for pirate costumes. It's not because pirates were always losing an eye, but because the eyepatch helped them see better when they had to go from a bright sunny deck to the darkness below decks. They simply switched the patch to their other eye when they went below, so that the eye that had been shielded did not have to adjust to the darkness (which can take up to half an hour).
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