I was surfing the web when I came across this little tidbit of monster minutiae. An authentic vampire kit dated from the 1800s was auctioned...

And Now This: Vampire Killing Kits

I was surfing the web when I came across this little tidbit of monster minutiae. An authentic vampire kit dated from the 1800s was auctioned off for a whopping $14,850 in October of 2008. The kit came complete with all the essentials including stakes, mirrors, crosses, a Bible, holy water, a gun loaded with silver bullets, candles and garlic, all in a walnut case topped with a carved cross. This unique item was auctioned off at the Jimmy Pippen estate sale by Stevens at the Natchez Convention Center in Natchez, Mississippi.

With some more clicking, I came upon a vampire-slaying kit from nineteenth century Romania that was auctioned on Ebay in 2006 for $1,000 (plus $90-$300 to ship). Though there are some doubts as to the authenticity of this piece, it does include cross-shaped throwing knives, a syringe for injecting liquid garlic, and a pair of metal pliers for quick removal of those pesky vampire fangs.

An old fashioned girl myself, I would much rather prefer a stake jackhammer like the one from Dusk Till Dawn or one of Blade’s knife/guns to get the job done.


Further Reading:
Vampire-slaying kit from 19th c. Romania
1800s Vampire Killing Kit Nabs $14,850 At Stevens Auction

7 comments:

  1. Oh to be a lady of leisure who could cruise around purchasing antiques! Great ye olde vamp find!

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  2. I think I've found the perfect Xmas gift for several friends!

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  3. MS: At that price a gentleman has the right to ask: Has the item been previously used or does it come new-in-box? -- Mykal

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  4. That's my dream Ms Harker.

    And Pax, imagine the marketing possibilities. They could have zombie and werewolf kits too.

    And Radiation, I'm sure the mark of any good vampire kill kit is that it's in used condition. Hehe

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  5. I thought that silver bullets is the dispensing method of choice for werewolves? Don't recall them being used in the vampire mythos.

    Either way, very cool find!

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  6. Planet of Terro,

    That boggled my mind too, but lots of movies do put silver on the list of things that will kill a vampire (Blade etc). Or perhaps it comes from the folkloric belief that if a werewolf was killed he could come back as a vampire.

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  7. you should all check out the "new" vampire killing kit movie/stage props being created by the Gothic Artist Crystobal. they are at http://stardustmysteries.com/vampirekits.

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