Vampire slaying kit inspired by Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ goes up for auction

19th century vampire-slaying kit for sale

A vampire slaying kit from the 1890s could fetch over $3000 at an auction in the UK. Auctioneers for the anti-vampire kit make the connection of its time period to that of Irish author Bram Stoker’s famous novel ‘Dracula’.

The Daily Mail reports on the “weird” item that will be placed up for auction. The wooden case contains a rosary, crucifix, a handwritten psalm (Luke 20:27), a pistol, four oak stakes, a bottle of consecrated earth, a common prayer book, a wooden mallet, a silver bullet mold, a cloth, two glass bottles containing garlic paste and holy water - all items that repel and kill vampires according to folklore.

Oonagh Drage from Tennants Auctioneers believes that the kit was probably commissioned by someone and that she’s never seen anything like it during her more than 30 year career.

She added, “Bram Stoker did Dracula in the 1890s and maybe the idea came from that.”

“There was an interest in vampires and the supernatural at that time - perhaps they were playing with people's superstitions.”

The items in the kit are believed, through legend, to protect someone from a vampire. Vampires are vulnerable in the presence of garlic or anything holy, and can be killed with a wooden stake to the heart or a gunshot to the head, according to myth.

“The vendors have kept one set and sold one for £5,000 [almost $8000],” said Drage, “and while the one we have was in the best condition it does have a pistol in it and they didn't want that in the house.”

The curious collection of vampire repelling artifacts is estimated to sell between $1800 and $3000 when it goes to auction in the UK on June 22. For the time being, it is on display at Harrogate.

Drage added: “I'm not sure who will buy it as we are yet to put it on the internet. I know there are quite a few Americans who are interested in this kind of thing”

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