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      CommentAuthorYskaya
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2008
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    Which one of you mad bastards got to the auction before I did?

    Vampire killing kit

    Really rad 'complete and authentic vampire killing kit, circa 1800 and housed in a walnut case, achieved $14,850'
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    Awwwww.
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    Well, I guess that answers my questions about the affect of silver on vampires as depicted on True Blood was just confusion with werewolves.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2008
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    don't forget to yank their fangs out for your necklace before you slay them...
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2008
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    The gun'd be problematic but you could probably make a replica of the rest of that for around $50.

    I know a bunch of people who'd buy them.
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    There are a few people making kits online. Alex CF has made a couple that are amazing.


    I tend to look at all vampire killing kits as possible fakes. The one picture above is gorgeous, but I wouldn't bet fourteen grand on it being the real deal.
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      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2008
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    That's a beautiful collection of stuff but, um, a real vampire hunting kit?

    Was there much LARPing in 1800?
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2008
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    Yeah, the components for these kinds of things can be authentic, but as a whole kit? Nah. Montague Summers is about the only person from anything like around that era who would have put something like this together.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2008 edited
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    wikipedia for "Vampire", there were quite a few vampire scares back then.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2008
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    None of which actually fit the model for which that kit looks like it was created to deal with.

    I've read up about this stuff. I'd be willing to place a serious bet that kit's post-Dracula, at least.
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    When held properly, the cross on the stake near the hinge (or is it a dagger in a sheath?) is upside-down. That's kind of a weird thing for an early-1800s weapon to have on it. Were upside-down crosses a Satanist-poseur invention, or did it actually have meaning way back then?
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2008
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    Nah, the idea of an upside down cross being satanic is quite recent. It's usually seen as the cross of Saint Peter.

    Either way, I still think this kit was either a film prop or assembled using original antique components, by someone who wanted to mock it up as a vampire hunting kit.
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2008
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    That garlic looks quite fresh for being 200 year old
    • CommentAuthorAccuser
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2008
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    Clearly, this is proof that vampires are real.

    It couldn't be a "genuine" or "authentic" vampire killing kit unless it's killed a genuine or authentic vampire.
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    It couldn't be a "genuine" or "authentic" vampire killing kit unless it's killed a genuine or authentic vampire.
    Or, failing that, been used to extort a goodly sum of money out of a few villages in Bulgaria.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2008
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    A friend of mine claims that he's met vampire hunters (or people claiming to be vampire hunters anyway) in a small village outside of Yerevan, Armenia. Actually, when he first told me about them, he believed that the guys actually killed vampires on a regular basis. I don't know if he still believes that. I'll have to ask.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2008
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    I've met vampire hunters in the UK. Complete nutters...
    • CommentAuthormlpeters
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2008
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    @ James Puckett
    Silver is a symbol of purity, so it's a good all-purpose weapon for things that go bump in the night and aren't just drunk neighbors. or local wildlife.

    Werewolves and vampires aren't entirely distinct, either, many legends have vampires who can shape-shift into wolves and werewolves who after death, rise as vampires. The actual folklore is far more murky and varied than often assumed.
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    If there aren't vampires, then who are the nutters killing?

    Or are they just staking and beheading innocent corpses?

    On the other hand, maybe they know something we don't...? ;)
    • CommentAuthormlpeters
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2008
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    @Contumacy_Singh
    "Or are they just staking and beheading innocent corpses?"

    Yeah, mostly -- also, in times when a coma could be mistaken for death, it wasn't a far leap, when the bodies failed to go through rigor and then rot, to assume they were the living dead. If their complexion appeared suddenly ruddy, that was all the evidence they needed that the dead was devouring the life force of the living (not always specified as drinking blood).

    I've read a few stories, in folklore books, of travellers being attacked as suspected vampires for not much reason at all ... sometimes executed as a vampire-- of course that was a few hundred years ago.

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