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 Post subject: Vampire Slaying Kit
PostPosted: 22 Jun 2012 6:24 pm 
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I loved this story in tonights news :lol:

A Victorian vampire-slaying kit has sold for £7,500 to an unknown buyer at an auction in North Yorkshire.

The 19th Century box contains a crucifix, pistol, wooden stakes and mallet, as well as glass bottles containing holy water, holy earth and garlic paste.

The box was left to a Yorkshire woman in her uncle's will.

Nigel Smith, from Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, said it had received "a lot of interest".

"We had been expecting something between £1,500 and £2,000 and it went for £7,500. We had six telephones on it and there was a lot of bidding.

"It's an extremely interesting thing," said Mr Smith.

Valuer Oonagh Drage said the kit was probably made in the late 1800s and was possibly inspired by the popularity of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-yo ... e-18555832


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 Post subject: Re: Vampire Slaying Kit
PostPosted: 22 Jun 2012 7:45 pm 
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Believe it or not but there are a few of them out there. If I remember correctly there is a link from one of the topics in this section that shows a load of vintage vampire slaying kits, some old and some that are available on E-Bay now.
Crazy stuff but useful should you happen to be on a stroll through Highgate at night :D
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Nic
Edited to add:-
Here is that link.
http://bshistorian.wordpress.com/tag/va ... lling-kit/


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 Post subject: Re: Vampire Slaying Kit
PostPosted: 23 Jun 2012 10:16 am 
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Its amazing what people keep and still turn up :D
Years ago we bought an old pair of flats, one of the flats had a 90 year old sitting tenant who had lived there since she was a young bride with her husband who was killed in the first world war. We became very close to her over the years and I loved to listen to her stories about the past era that she remembered and talked about as though it was yesterday. She never had any family of her own and her siblings had also died at an early age so we became her only contact in the end. Walking into her flat was like walking back in time, as though time had stood still and I suppose it had for her in a way, apart from a few modern things like her TV everything was Victorian or very early 20th century. When she died we couldn’t decide what to do about her things, it didn’t seem right to auction them off so we contacted one of our local museums (Beamish) that specialised in that kind of thing, they took everything and I mean everything out of the flat, well apart from a table which I kept and still have. We have visited the museum a couple of times since then and its lovely to walk around all the reconstructed houses pointing out what once belonged to Elizabeth, they even have her ancient old cast iron stove and fireplaces working again. Its lovely to think her life is still meaningful in this day and age :D

never found any vampire slaying kits though :lol:

http://www.beamish.org.uk/


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 Post subject: Re: Vampire Slaying Kit
PostPosted: 23 Jun 2012 10:47 pm 
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tingra wrote:
Its amazing what people keep and still turn up :D
Years ago we bought an old pair of flats, one of the flats had a 90 year old sitting tenant who had lived there since she was a young bride with her husband who was killed in the first world war. We became very close to her over the years and I loved to listen to her stories about the past era that she remembered and talked about as though it was yesterday. She never had any family of her own and her siblings had also died at an early age so we became her only contact in the end. Walking into her flat was like walking back in time, as though time had stood still and I suppose it had for her in a way, apart from a few modern things like her TV everything was Victorian or very early 20th century. When she died we couldn’t decide what to do about her things, it didn’t seem right to auction them off so we contacted one of our local museums (Beamish) that specialised in that kind of thing, they took everything and I mean everything out of the flat, well apart from a table which I kept and still have. We have visited the museum a couple of times since then and its lovely to walk around all the reconstructed houses pointing out what once belonged to Elizabeth, they even have her ancient old cast iron stove and fireplaces working again. Its lovely to think her life is still meaningful in this day and age :D

never found any vampire slaying kits though :lol:

http://www.beamish.org.uk/

I think it's great that you thought of saving such antiquities and finding a suitable home for them where they can be enjoyed by future generations. :D
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Nic


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