DESCRIPTION: OK, laugh if you will but if Dracula or Nosferatu come by and you do not have this assemblage at your disposal then you probably would have to be subjected to an unwilling blood transfusion! All kidding (I think!) aside, this is one of the most unusual items ever offered by Germania International, LLC. Yes, there will be criticism by some collectors and understandably so, but we must admit that the novelty and morbid charm of this macabre item was irresistible when it was offered to us in a trade. The idea and the visual effect was exceedingly mind boggling and staggering to say the least. The artistic accomplishment is particularly noteworthy to say the least, and the legends about Vampires persist in thrilling and chilling people in ancient and Modern eras. The Roman Catholic Church first revealed the existence of Vampires and their diabolical evil ways. They were described as soulless undead conceived in the wombs of witches. Many European townspeople took up arms and attempted to hunt down these immortal minions of evil incarnate. But in the event of a lowly citizen approaching the monster, it must be remembered that a vampire is animated by spirits of darkness giving him incredible physical strength. This encounter invariably ended terribly for the poor peasant. It must be understood that driving a wooden stake into the heart is a way of dispatching the creature but unless a vampire is sufficiently weakened by the presence of Roman Catholic sacraments, such as Holy Water, a crucifix, or certain Saintly medallions in attendance, a mortal man would probably fail and all attempts to drive the stake would be met with failure and the hunter would suffer a grizzly and horrorifying death. Vampires were often wealthy mortal humans who drank blood as a means to good health and wealthy immortal soulless undead embodiments of evil who drank blood for the same reasons, but with the latter, the blood that they drank was necessary to their very existence. These sons of the damned lived from five to ten centuries and often much longer usually until slain by an accomplished Vampire hunter otherwise they were essentially immortal. Vampires preferred female donors because in centuries past, a guy sucking on another guys neck could get both burned at the stake. The word ‘faggot’ comes from the bundled sticks stacked below a homosexual tied to a stake and then ignited. Vampires just wanted to fit in and avoid being mistaken for sodomites.
Through their vastly extended lifetimes, Vampires acquired great wealth and power. They were frequently politically connected rulers, wealthy socialites and noblemen. Witch and Vampire hunting was done by Roman Catholic clergy who were given the same authority as law enforcement personnel. The vampire hunters were held in high regard by the church in early times and they were usually cloistered monks and sometimes Jesuits whose duties were exclusively to hunt and kill these satanic hellions. These stalwarts of clergy hunted down many Vampires and ceremoniously killed them using various protective devices and weapons of saintly destruction. Special assemblages of these articles necessarily were carried by the black robed priests and monks as they pursued the ghastly blood suckers. The accouterments were stored in repositories such as the casket that we feature here. Several such ‘kits’ have been found and offered in past years in prestigious auction houses and exclusive galleries. They are often quite plain with boxes that are not artistically inspiring but have all the necessary ingredients and objects that are used in the hunt and some few like the one we offer are quite ornate as to the box and some of the saintly weaponry. Is this a ridiculous concept? The peasants in their lonely cottages and farmsteads on the moors and near the dark foreboding forests and the inquisition minded Catholic aristocracy didn’t think so either. Belief in Vampires persists from ancient times and even today’s ‘enlightened’ populace has a healthy respect for the ancient legends. Movie films such as Dracula, Nosferatu and the modern vampires depicted in ‘Twilight’ tell of the Vampire sagas that persist in fiction often based on fact. We of course make no claim that this ‘kit’ will accomplish the objective that it was constructed for nor do we give a money back guarantee in the event that unidentified non-clergy individuals were to attempt to use it and miraculously survive (no returns!)
Kits such as this but not nearly as elaborate or complete have sold for considerable sums of money due to their novelty but also they seem to titulate the morbid sensual feelings that many collectors have. A complete kit was sold at Stevens’s prestigious auction at the Natchez Convention center for $14,850.00 on November 11, 2008. It was advertised as being made around 1800. Another that was in our estimation missing some of the necessary elements brought $8,712.00 at none other than Christie's South Kensington London Auction on June 8, 2010. Truly it was no where near as complete as ours and certainly lacked any artistic embellishment whatsoever. This to us gives rise to the fact that these kits have some semblege of reality for such prestigious auction houses to accept them and it shows that there are individuals who bought the boxes must have either believed the legends or just thought them to be more than interesting coffee table conversation pieces.
Having said that we will now describe this, the Vampire Killing Kit extraordinare! This state of the art kit! After all, if you have a Vampire problem, who are you gonna call?The kit's descriptionn.
1.) The case itself is in wood shaped like a coffin with hinged top and has a drawer that actually locks with a key that is still with it. This case was definitely crafted by someone who made it precisely for the purpose of containing the Vampire killing accouterments. The case measures 12 ½ inches long and is about 5 ½ inches deep. The top of the case has an embedded copper cross with a grotesque skull splendidly carved in ivory in the middle of the cross. Many European Catholic crosses or crucifixes including a skull and sometimes crossbones. These are depicted as a symbol of victory over death but in this case it represents victory over evil.
2.) When the lid is lifted you will see first an ornate lethal looking dagger with the grip esquisitely carved in the depiction of the grim reaper himself who holds a dagger to his chest. The carving on this weapon is very professionally accomplished. The dagger’s cross guard is also of ivory the blade is also indubitably out of the ordinary. Actually it is probably unique! The blade is of wood of course because we know that piercing the heart of the undead with a wooden stake is the most accepted mode of dispatching these tenacious and resilient monsters. The hunter had to use every ancient prescribed weapon imaginable. We know that vampires and werewolves are highly allergic to silver so this resourceful hunter had a dagger crafted that combined silver with the wooden stake. Thus, the dagger’s wooden stake like blade is covered with a slim veneer of silver. Damn clever these black robed religionists!
3.) In the special compartments all form fitted for containing other necessary accompaniments and paraphernalia is found a single shot Belgium percussion pistol. A rather fine little weapon with a fancy wooden grip (checkered and silver studded). It is tight and in complete firing condition. About 7 inches long a rather valuable relic on its own. In a pocket in the corner is a cut out that holds six genuine silver balls that would be loaded into the pistol to be fired in defense at the Vampire if needed. A tin of musket and pistol caps is found in a compartment under the hand gun. In front of the pistol barrel is a cross in wood but mounted with the silver that repels Vampires. A pistol powder flask is also contained here with the cross embellished on it. There is a ramrod with bone handle whose purpose is to ram the silver ammunition down the barrel.
4.) In a drawer that pulls out of the body of the coffin like chest is a small bible published by J.B. Lippincott in Philadelphia in 1859, a grouping of dried out garlic husks. When traveling in Vampire country a hunter wears a necklace of sorts made of strung up garlic. Vampires hate the odor and are repelled by it. Also in this drawer is a glass bottle hand blown and cut with a silver screw on cap in silver with a cross cut into the glass -- this is the Holy Water container. The blessed water is sprinkled on the creature that lies in a casket that contains soil from his homeland (Transylvania???).
5.) So-would be Vampire hunters or collectors here is probably the very best one of these that has ever turned up. For quality it far exceeds the ones sold by the auction houses that were mentioned but this one is authentic as far as authenticity can be believed. It certainly is of top quality workmanship. You may not believe in Vampires but we would have to say someone did because now and then one of these kits comes up in varying degrees of completeness depending on the local customs and beliefs of the area of its emergence. None to date however has ever compared to this one for excellence of construction and artistic perfection. A coffee table conversation opener par-excellance. Want to give your boss or close friend the strangest, yet immensely enthralling gift imaginable? Well!
PRICE: $15,000.00 this one leaves all others ever found in the “crypt’! Sold to the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum in Florida