Antique Vampire Killing Kits

Check out this Vampire Killing Kit from the 1800s. It has a Bible, holy water, a cross, silver bullets, a gun, candles, knives, garlic, and of course wooden stakes.
This particular kit sold for $15,000 in an antique auction, and for good reason–it’s awesome. And these vampire killing kits were apparently a thing in the 1800s. Check out more of them here and here and here.
The question remains, were these kits serious or a novelty? Since most of the kits are high quality and date from around the 1840s (the novel Dracula came out in 1897), it seems that these were intended to really protect people from vampires.
And since vampires don’t exist, let’s hope these kits were never used!

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