A kit that includes everything from a matched set of pistols with silver bullets to wooden stakes and a mallet recently hit the market.
New Jersey-based International Military Antiques posted the one-of-a-kind Vampire Defense Kit this month on their site. Tied to Sir Philip Burne-Jones, an English painter who specialized in portraits that included one of Rudyard Kipling, the kit dates to about the 1890s when Burne-Jones was working on his painting, The Vampire, which came out the same year as the Gothic horror classic, Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker. The painting later proved one of Burne-Jones’s best-known works.
Among the more interesting contents of the velvet-lined case are a set of apothecary bottles, wooden stakes along with a mallet to drive said stakes through the heart of a blood-sucker, an 1859 Bible, silver rosary, and a pair of .50-caliber percussion pocket pistols, marked “Reilly of London.”
The kit’s contents includes correspondence referencing what could be the female model for The Vampire from author Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the Sherlock Holmes series, in addition to its supply of weaponry.
Alex Cranmer of IMA, probably best known for his appearance with his father on the NatGeo show Family Guns, researched the set for the History Channel’s Pawn Stars show, lending a bit more of a spotlight to it.
Asking price? $25K, garlic not included.
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