19th Century ‘Vampire kit’ tied to famous painter up for grabs (PHOTOS)
By Chris Eger
The kit appeared on History Channel’s Pawn Stars and looks to be associated with a British artist who moved in the same circles as the creators of Sherlock Holmes and Dracula (Photos: IMA)
A kit that includes everything from a matched set of pistols with silver bullets to wooden stakes and a mallet recently hit the market.
New Jersey-based International Military Antiques posted the one-of-a-kind Vampire Defense Kit this month on their site. Tied to Sir Philip Burne-Jones, an English painter who specialized in portraits that included one of Rudyard Kipling, the kit dates to about the 1890s when Burne-Jones was working on his painting, The Vampire, which came out the same year as the Gothic horror classic, Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker. The painting later proved one of Burne-Jones’s best-known works.
Among the more interesting contents of the velvet-lined case are a set of apothecary bottles, wooden stakes along with a mallet to drive said stakes through the heart of a blood-sucker, an 1859 Bible, silver rosary, and a pair of .50-caliber percussion pocket pistols, marked “Reilly of London.”
The pistols include a brass powder flask, iron bullet mold and a supply of tarnished “silver” balls.
The matching guns, in working condition, are