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Vampire-slaying kit from 1800s complete with wooden stakes, crucifixes .

152 views 11 March 2021

A vampire slaying kit complete with guns, axes, wooden stakes and crucifixes is among hundreds of creepy items up for sale in a New Jersey auction.  In addition to the old-fashioned weaponry, it includes a religious book, vials of holy water, garlic and salt, and other items needed to slaughter a blood-sucking monster.

You’ve seen them turn up on auction sites from time to time: “authentic vampire killing kits,” attributed to a master craftsman, Professor Ernst Blomberg of Germany. (One sold for $12,000 at Sotheby’s.) A British museum curator explains how he proved vampire hunting kits to be fakes – and why they’re nonetheless still very valuable.