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    Professor Blomberg Vampire Killing Kit, 19th C and Later


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    There is much mystery and uncertainty about the various vampire killing kits in existence
    today.  While some have clearly been assembled in the last 50 years as novelties, others
    were made during a period in the 19th Century when there was a certain “vampire hysteria”,
    largely as a result of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, but existing to some extent long before then.
    While today most people might think of vampires as something from imagination, folklore,
    and Hollywood, with no basis in fact, this was not the case in 19th Century Europe.  Whether
    they were ever used or not, vampire killing kits were actually assembled in the  19th C and
    were not intended merely as a curiosity.  When Bram Stoker first wrote his famous novel
    “Dracula” (released on May 26, 1897), it was not originally intended as a work of fiction.  His
    research began in the summer of 1890 and he was collecting information on actual
    occurrences.  In the original preface, which was published in “Makt Myrkanna”, the Icelandic
    version of the story, Stoker included this passage: “I am quite convinced that there is no
    doubt whatever that the events here described really took place, however unbelievable and
    incomprehensible they might appear at first sight. And I am further convinced that they must
    always remain to some extent incomprehensible.”  He also claimed that many of the
    characters in the novel were real people, some of whom actually became his friends, whose
    testimonies he never doubted.  However, when he presented the original manuscript to his
    editor, Otto Kyllman, of Archibald Constable & Company, it was returned with the single
    word “no”.  Kyllman believed that with the recent unsolved Whitechapel murders (of Jack
    the Ripper fame) its publication might lead to mass hysteria.  In order for the work to be
    published, many of the events would have to be omitted and it would need to be rewritten
    and presented as a work of fiction. In the final version the first 101 pages had been cut,
    many alterations had been made, and the epilogue had been shortened, changing
    Dracula’s ultimate fate and that of his castle.  For more information see:


    This kit, in a fitted baize-lined, locking (no key), oak case with vacant brass escutcheon,
    features an unmarked double-barreled percussion pistol with flask, unopened tin of
    percussion caps, and bullets and patches in hinged oval tin.  Also included is a silver-
    handled dagger with cross and skull and crossbones stamped on the blade, wooden crucifix
    affixed with gilt metal Christ, bottles labeled “Holy Oil”, “Consecrated Ground”, “Holy Water”,
    “Silver Nitrate, and “Professor Blomberg’s New Serum”, single yew wood stake, prayer
    book, and a silver tin with cross and rosary beads.  Each of the bottles features remains of
    the original contents. The inside of the lid features a large label with “Professor Blomberg’s
    Vampire Killing Kit” and a list of the kit’s contents.  Case dimensions 15" long by 12 1/2"
    wide, by 3 3/8" high.  Very good condition, the pistol with dark rust patina, lining showing
    age and wear.  A few scuffs and scratches to the case; brass lock lacking key.  There are a
    number of Blomberg vampire killing kits in existence, but we have never seen two that were
    exactly the same.  While there is no definitive date on this kit, the prayer book shows a
    calendar beginning in 1837, but does not show a publication date.  The pistol probably
    dates slightly later.

     In 2004, Sotheby’s sold a Blomberg kit for $26,400, although the catalog cautioned that
    “Neither the existence of Professor Blomberg nor that of the gunmaker Plomdeur can be
    confirmed. Also open to question is whether these kits were ever employed successfully in
    the killing of vampires.” In 2011, an unsigned vampire-killing kit, with 32 components
    including a map of Transylvania and no less than two crucifixes, brought $25,000 at
    Sotheby’s. For a Blomberg kit that came up at Sotheby’s in 2012 and sold for $13,750, the
    catalog described it as “Continental, circa 1900 and later” and had no comment on whether
    the makers were fictional.  The Royal Armouries in Leeds (UK) has a Blomberg kit in its
    collection.  Whether such kits were actually assembled for their stated purpose or merely
    curiosities, the fact is that many have sold for very large sums of money and they make
    their own history even as I write this description.  The only Blomberg kit we have had
    previously sold for $12,995.


    Additional Information


    M2022 (MZ-59383)


    19th Century

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