the-history-of-fighting: A 19th century Vampire Killing Kit sold…

the-history-of-fighting:

A 19th century Vampire Killing Kit sold at Sotheby’s in 2011 for $25,000. The kit included;  a carved ivory and black forest linden-wood crucifix, vials with garlic,
salt and “holy water,” a bible, a gun with a leather powder flask and
silver bullets, a dagger, four stakes and a mallet, a moulded glass
cross-shaped candlestick, and an English map of Galizia, Eastern Hungary
and Transylvania.

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According to the Royal Armouries, these kits did not begin to appear until after the popularity of the Hammer Horror vampire movies of ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. They are often made up of real antique objects, but were not made as actual kits in the 19th century.

From the Royal Armouries blog:

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it became clear that kits like our one could not have existed until the era of ‘Hammer’ horror films in the 1950s – 70s. Our kit is inspired by the movies, not Victorian stories and folklore.

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