Thursday, February 19, 2009

Vampire Killing Kit

Recently this authentic vampire killing kit circa 1800s was sold at an auction for $14,850. This is a complete kit that comes fully equipped - stakes, mirrors, a gun with silver bullets (because where there are Vampires there might be Werewolves), crosses, a Bible, holy water, candles and garlic and most likely endorsed by Val Hellsing himself.

























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9 comments :

Anonymous said...

Dracula was published in 1897, thereby vastly increasing the popularity of vampires. Prior to Dracula, vampires were common in the folklore of southeastern Europe; but not in English nor North American lore. Therefore these vampire killing kits dating to the 1850s seems forgeries.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, something seems a bit fake to me here. A bit too Hollywood.

Jason said...

yeah if anything in any of those kits is circa 1800's, i'm a werewolf. i like the obviously computer printed bottle labels.

Anonymous said...

Looks to me like these are old medical kits with a gun and some wooden crosses / stakes added. Why would you need scissors and forceps to kill a vampire?

Anonymous said...

"Looks to me like these are old medical kits with a gun and some wooden crosses / stakes added. Why would you need scissors and forceps to kill a vampire?

Not to kill it, just to get your silver bullet back :-) Silver did not come cheap then :-)

chris said...

A friend of mine had been making these for years and selling them as replicas (he doesn't try to pull them off as 'real'. His are much better quality than most of the knockoffs. The real ones (many are at Ripley's) are damn near priceless, but you can get one of his for a few hundred bucks. I have some showcased on my site, check them out, lots of pics! http://stardustmysteries.com/vampirekits.html

Anonymous said...

I just watched a show with these kits and the guy came forward and said he made them to sell the guns.. the name in the info in each box is a made up name and no books were written. it was a great show . each one is worth under 200,00 nothing more

Christopher Pinto said...

Yes, the guy who claims to be the "originator" of these kits (in the 1970s) has been challenged by many, including Ripley's who has said their kits were collected decades before this guy says he made his. Plus, CRYSTOBAL, Gothic Artist made his first home-made kit in the 1950s, long before this man's claim. http://stardustmysteries.com/vampirekits.html

Phineas J Legheart said...

Great pictures and cool article. I like the vampire killing kits at http://www.mysteriouspast.com . They don't claim to be authentic but they look really great. It's really cool to have a vampire kit as a conversation piece or prop but I think you are going to be let down if you're looking for an authentic 1800s kit, there are too many fakes out there.