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19th century vampire-hunting kit to go up for auction

Looking for a unique gift for the hunter in your life who already has everything? Then here's a unique vintage hunting-related kit that might fit the bill.

A 19th century vampire-hunting kit will be auctioned at Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, England on June 22, in the same area Bram Stoker wrote his classic "Dracula" in 1897.

The Victorian casket contains everything any selfrespecting vampire-slayer could wish for – a mallet and four stakes, a pistol, rosary beads, an 1857 Anglican prayer book, glass bottles of holy water, holy earth, garlic paste and a crucifix.
The items are carefully housed in a mahogany box, which features a silver crucifix lock. 

Auctioneer Oonagh Dragbe said she thinks someone collected the items separately, then made the box to store them in.
The casket’s origins are as mysterious as its purpose; it was found in the cellar of the seller’s uncle after his death, along with two other vampireslaying kits.
She said: “The people who own it were left the casket by an eccentric uncle who lived in Leeds. When they came to clear his house, there were three of these.

The kit also includes a handwritten extract from the Bible, quoting Luke 19:27. It reads "But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."

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