An antique wooden box with brass trim contains all the tools you need to kill a vampire, including a 19th century Bible, crucifixes and a pistol.
This “vampire killing kit” is valued at $ 2,500 to $ 3,700 ($ 2,000 to $ 3,000). according to Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire, England, which will start accepting bids for the box on July 21.
The inside of the lid is lined with purple silk and decorated with an oval enamel painting that shows the resurrection of Christ. Next to this painting is an ivory carving of a wolf wearing a hooded robe and wearing rosary beads (although it is uncertain whether the contents of the box are also suitable for shipping Werewolves, since only vampires are mentioned in the auction list).
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Vampire folklore and belief in vampires can be traced back to ancient times. In fact, burials over 1,000 years ago in Europe took protective measures to protect the living from the troubled undead, burying suspected vampires with stones in the mouth or pinned with stones or iron bars.
For people who believed in creatures that rose from the grave to drink blood, “the task of killing a vampire was extremely serious, and historical reports indicated the need for certain methods and tools,” said Charles Hanson, owner by Hansons Auctioneers. said in a statement.
Alleged “vampires”, however, were usually identified as such because people didn’t understand how infectious diseases spread, or because they misinterpreted the appearance of a corpse during natural decomposition, Live Science previously reported.
The age and origin of this vampire killing kit – not to mention that it was ever used to hunt and kill vampires – was bought by its current owner three years ago at an antique fair in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. England, and knows “very little of its history,” the owner told the auction house.
“I liked the look of the Gothic box and when I opened it I just had to have it,” said the owner, who lives in the West Midlands in the UK and refused to be named. “I found it so interesting – a great topic of conversation.”
The kit is part of one Online auction of antiques and collectibles offered by Hansons Auctioneers from July 16. Other items include: silverware, trays and cups from the 19th century; Compact and snuff boxes; and jewelry such as brooches, medallions and rings – although according to the auction website only the vampire box is described as an object of “supernatural interest”.
Originally published on Live Science.