Saturday, October 30, 2010

Antique Vampire Killing Kit

A complete and authentic vampire killing kit — made around 1800 complete with stakes, mirrors, a gun with silver bullets, crosses, a Bible, holy water, candles and even garlic, all housed in a American walnut case with a carved cross on top — attained $14,850 in an estate sale by Stevens Auctioneers on October 3–4, 2008 in the Natchez Convention Center.

Dwight Stevens, auctioneer said, "I don't believe in vampires -- I've never met one. But somebody believed in them, something drove people to believe. From New Orleans to Vicksburg, these old boxes remain." Stevens has sold four vampire killing kits in his 27 years as an auctioneer with this one being the most expensive to date. Hmmm. I wonder if this kit would work on werewolves too? I can't remember a time when vampires were more popular, can you?

Thanks for stopping by the cottage for a little antiquarian fright this evening. Happy Halloween.

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Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Love it! If you are interested come by and link up to my Vintage Halloween Blog Party. I would love to have this for people to see. Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Great Halloween post. Very clever!

Birds in the Garage said...

Hahaha fantastic!
Vampires are not to be messed with - a kit like this might come in handy *shoooould* one meet one..
unless you are supportive of vampires rights! :D

The Queen Vee said...

Always love seeing the Vampire kit but you've topped yourself this year Rosemary with the Bat picture.

"Between me and the moonlight flitted a great bat, coming and going in great, whirling circles."
- Bram Stoker

Happy Halloween to you and Webster

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

That is a intreasting post for today! I even like what the auctioneer had said. I can say that about a few other things also that I havent seen or met eaither. Thanks for sharing this intreasting antique today......Julian

Gail, in northern California said...

Truly an amazing photograph...everything fits perfectly--the time of day, the subject, the colors, the season, the location. Perfect. And, I don't even like bats!

Happy Halloween to you and Mr. Webster.

~~Carol~~ said...

Wow, that kit is amazing! I would love to see something like that in person, because they must be extremely rare. And just because the auctioneer hasn't seen one, doesn't mean that they don't exist.........;o)
Happy Halloween!