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Art October, 1 2010

Rare 19th-Century Ivory Vampire Killing Kit

Every two years, I get to post about a Vampire Killing Kit (link goes to the last time it happened – November 2008). This one goes to gavel at Greg Martin Auctions on October 9, 2010. It is lot number 7, and it is a beauty.

The description –

Extremely rare antique ivory vampire killing kit, consisting of an ornate ivory-mounted Christian cross integrating a steel, spring-loaded, .41 caliber single-shot percussion pistol, the center mounted with an ebony shield surmounted with a 8-pointed crown, the tips made from tiny semi-precious red stones. A ruby red five-pointed star adorns the center. The vampire pistol is contained in an ivory case, together with steel dagger blade which attaches to the end of the cross, an ivory cleaning rod, ivory powder bottle, and cap and ball supply. The entire case is made from fine elephant ivory and each element is engraved with letters representing the contents. According to consignor, this was reportedly one of four matching kits. By tradition, this example was brought back from Germany after WWII by one Sergeant Glen Pendelton who liberated it from a German museum in Berlin. A rare and very unique firearms curiosa. Size: 4-3/4″ X 3-5/8″ X 1-5/8″.

One day I will own one of these.

More images of this stunning Vampire Killing Kit after the jump.

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