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   xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Nov 18 01:55 AM

November 18, 2008: Vampire Killing Kit

Zombies are easy... all you need is a 12 gage shotgun and a good supply of ammo.
But Vampires are a much more difficult problem, because you need all sorts of stuff to deal with the wily devils.
You better have your kit together when the time comes, too.
You don't have time to run around getting it all together? Look for a kit that's ready to go

Quote:
A complete and authentic vampire killing kit — made around 1800 and 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 the Jimmy Pippen estate sale by Stevens October 3–4 in the new Natchez Convention Center.


Well you missed the boat on this one, but keep checking the estate sales, auctions and ebay.
Oh, and save your pennies.

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Scriveyn  Tuesday Nov 18 03:05 AM

200 years old garlic? C'mon!
IMHO that buyer has been had.



amykins  Tuesday Nov 18 04:18 AM

Holy cow! That's so cool! Has it been used??? Or is it "brand new"? I wonder if they can swab it for blood, 200 yr old blood.



Antimatter  Tuesday Nov 18 05:22 AM

How retrobuffyesque...



Sheldonrs  Tuesday Nov 18 06:29 AM

QVC has 'em cheaper.



Cyber Wolf  Tuesday Nov 18 07:57 AM

From the look of those bottles, that holy water has crossed into the realm of un-holy.

But, then again, 200 year old stagnant water might kill just about anything.



Cloud  Tuesday Nov 18 09:49 AM

1800? really? hmm. Dracula wasn't published until 1897.



HungLikeJesus  Tuesday Nov 18 10:00 AM

I watched Martin just this weekend. That stuff doesn't work.

Quote:
Martin Madahas: Things only seem to be magic. There is no real magic. There's no real magic ever.



Shawnee123  Tuesday Nov 18 10:05 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cloud View Post
1800? really? hmm. Dracula wasn't published until 1897.
The Count, while one of the better known Wampires, was not the first Wampire:

http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~vampire/vhist.html




glatt  Tuesday Nov 18 10:10 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cloud View Post
1800? really? hmm. Dracula wasn't published until 1897.
Perhaps, but Vlad the Impaler was born in 1431.


Edit: And while I was looking for my picture of his portrait hanging in Schloss Ambras (unfortunately not saved on this PC) Shawnee beat me to the punch.


sweetwater  Tuesday Nov 18 10:40 AM

$14,850 is quite a bit of money to spend on a vampire killing kit, unless, of course, one is a vampire and wants to keep it out of unfriendly hands. Then I'd go as high as $15,000.



Cicero  Tuesday Nov 18 11:53 AM

lol...That kit looks so orthodox too, makes me wonder if these kits were actually supported by the catholic church at one point.

Did priests spend any time making these?



Clodfobble  Tuesday Nov 18 01:15 PM

I'm surprised the garlic has held up. In my experience it will relatively quickly either rot into mush, or start sprouting. Maybe it was dried out first?



Trilby  Tuesday Nov 18 01:26 PM

So far, my garlic has lasted a good while. AND it's working! No vampires in the kitchen since I got it! But I do have 's



TheMercenary  Tuesday Nov 18 03:54 PM

Very cool. But you know there are a lot of really good fake antiques out there.



Shawnee123  Tuesday Nov 18 04:01 PM

Heeheee. Faux antique vampire killing kits: available only at Pottery Barn!



thx1134  Tuesday Nov 18 05:40 PM

So my question is: what happens uf you come across a vampire who is Jewish or Hindu or Buddhist or Muslim or any of the other religions that don't believe in this version of the Bible and who don't use a Cross? This looks like a great business opportunity in these troubled times selling custom Specific Religion Anti-Vampire Killing Kits (Patent Pending).



Trilby  Tuesday Nov 18 06:19 PM

Hi, thx1134. BTW, weird handle.

Anyhoo----I suppose vampires are equal opportunity and all that. I bet they don't care if you're a Jew or Hindu or Muslim. (Now a Mexican...that might be a little spicy) so you can use garlic, silver bullets, stakes in the heart, what have you. There are many ways to kill a vamp. And what did the Lost Boys teach us? Never invite a vampire in your home! And never have them over for coffee. It's a trap.



HungLikeJesus  Tuesday Nov 18 06:22 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
Hi, thx1134. BTW, weird handle.
Must have been an early model.


Sundae  Tuesday Nov 18 06:25 PM

I saw one like this on an antiques show a couple of years ago. I was disappointed it fetched such a low price and figured they were shortsighted not to have put it to international auction (with a specific eye to America). You're more indulgent of both history and horror than we are.

There should be a fair few of these around as macabre items sold well during the reign of William IV and there was a vogue for horror. But after Victoria lost Albert, and aged, she set the tone for maudlin worship of the dead and vampires were definitely out of favour. So those that weren't burned in a Victorian spate of purity are valuable.



thx1134  Tuesday Nov 18 06:31 PM

Actually a early proof of concept model from the mid '50's. Lots of abnormalities and quirks. As they say in Arkansas .. it works but this dog don't hunt.



Sundae  Tuesday Nov 18 07:13 PM

Eh? If that is response to my post, all I am explaining is why so many were destroyed, therefore why those left are more valuable.



monster  Tuesday Nov 18 09:29 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
Hi, thx1134. BTW, weird handle..
4 short of a Lucas?


monster  Tuesday Nov 18 09:31 PM

Love the vampire hunting kit, don't care if it's a good fake, don't have 15 grand to spend on it



HungLikeJesus  Tuesday Nov 18 09:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
Love the vampire hunting kit, don't care if it's a good fake, don't have 15 grand to spend on it
When the time comes, you'll wish you hadn't been so cheap.


newtimer  Wednesday Nov 19 12:26 AM

I thought 3 silver bullets were for disposing of werewolves. Is this an all-purpose, Swiss army kit?



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Nov 19 12:29 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
So those that weren't burned in a Victorian spate of purity are valuable.
This one's American made.


SPUCK  Wednesday Nov 19 05:52 AM

THX 1134 was a SciFi movie.



Sundae  Wednesday Nov 19 06:22 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
This one's American made.
Your lot were even worse during her reign. You're the ones who say tidbit after all!


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Nov 19 12:07 PM

I'm kind of fond of the titbit.



Clodfobble  Wednesday Nov 19 07:14 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by newtimer
I thought 3 silver bullets were for disposing of werewolves.
Coincidentally, I just learned some really interesting facts about the history of silver bullets re: werewolves that I've been dying to share with someone.

It turns out that the reason silver developed a reputation for supernatural qualities was that--several hundred years ago, at least--it didn't tarnish. The primary tarnishing agent of silver is sulphur, and before the Industrial Revolution, there wasn't enough of it in the air to noticeably tarnish anything made of silver. Nowadays, of course, there's plenty in the air. But beyond that, most organic poisons contain a relatively significant amount of sulphur, so back then one would use a silver knife or bowl to test food and drink for poison, since it would quickly tarnish the utensil.


glatt  Wednesday Nov 19 07:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
The primary tarnishing agent of silver is sulphur, and before the Industrial Revolution, there wasn't enough of it in the air to noticeably tarnish anything made of silver.
Fascinating. I love hearing about stuff like this. I tried to look up a little more about it. One of the first things I found was "The Straight Dope" saying that this is probably not true, because volcanoes produced enough sulfur before the industrial revolution that silver would tarnish. But it does acknowledge the idea and does say that there was less sulfur back then, so who knows?


Yznhymr  Wednesday Nov 19 08:12 PM

I bought one of these on eBay, 'course it was a Chinese knock-off...but hey, it still worked as advertised on my mother-in-law. Gave 'garlicbreath666' very positive feedback!



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Feb 18 01:36 AM

Here's a fake one.

He also made this werewolf dissection case.



Tawny  Wednesday Feb 18 04:29 AM

That isn't a vampire killing kit, it's Criss Angel's makeup case.



Sundae  Wednesday Feb 18 04:34 AM

You can tell the werewolf dissection case is false.
How on earth are you going to open the chest cavity with that tiny pair of scissors?



spudcon  Wednesday Feb 18 08:46 AM

Scissors are for trimming his toenails.



capnhowdy  Thursday Feb 19 08:20 AM

Any werewolf that has any class at all has a regular pedicurist.



Gravdigr  Thursday Feb 19 04:37 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhowdy View Post
Any werewolf that has any class at all has a regular pedicurist.
Yeah. He has one for breakfast, one for lunch...


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