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Romanian Vampire Killing Kit, ca 1880

This kit was sold at eBay in April of 2006. The winning bid was $1,000. Sigh. My comments are in italics.

The box weights 20.1 lbs., length 16.8 inches, width 17 inches, height 7.9 inches;made of linden tree with maroon velvet inside, six compartments. The items enclosed in the box are as follows: one wooden hammer (6.5 inches long), four stakes 6 inches-each (holly or hawthorn is the preferred wood in most parts of Europe) - the wooden hammer has applied a small holy cross, same as the stakes; the lower side containing: prayer book, crucifix, knife and eight bottles with Pamant (holy soil), Agheazma (holy water), Mir (anointing oil), Tamaie (holy incense), Usturoi (garlic), red serum, blue serum and secret potion. It is believed that a romanian monk from Transylvania has created this box during the period of 1870-1890. (Rope is another item often seen in these kits).

The old Prayer Book is old Romanian language (chirilica), 19th century-hard covers. There is a myth stating that whoever is able to read from this Book will be able to win the fight with the dark forces, demons, vampires and other demonic creatures.

The knife is 13.1 inches long with a metal handle. It's made of heavy metal and can be easily thrown - it will always hit the target with the sharp tip. Has a gothic theme and detailing of fangs.

The metal box contains one syringe and it can be used to inject liquid garlic or secret serums into vampires. It has a small cross on it made of silver. The syringe can sustain temperatures up to 200 Celsius degrees. The cross is very old, with one beautiful black stone and is on a very old metal chain.

The metal teeth plier (7.5 inches) was used in the past to remove the vampire's teeth. There is also a special tool called Dentol (5.5 inches) used in the past to remove the vampire's teeth. I have never heard of this before....

"Is est Sanctus Res ego sum decessio secundum ut meus pius futurus adsuesco assuesco obviam Malum , Nox noctis Ingredior Nosferatu, Lamia ( see biblical tradition on lamia) quod Intentus."

translates into:

"This is the Holy Thing, I am leaving behind to my own kind to be used against the Evil, the Night Walker, Nosferatu (German tradition), the Vampire and Strigoi (Slavic tradition)."

"In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen." (In the name of the Father, the Son and the the Holy Spirit).

While some critics balk at the screw-top bottles, there is still a chance at overall authenticity - screw top bottles (in their modern form) became popular in the early 1850s (a cork liner was added in 1856, for instance), although the Oxford English Dictionary places their earliest date of use as 1875. The point is, this kit is described as circa 1880, which is not inconsistent with the possible age of the bottles.

One other observation regards the use of the word 'nosferatu' in the Latin inscription - the general consensus is that this phrase was coined (as a result of accidental translation of 'nesuferit' - plague-bearing) by Emily Gerard in her widely published account of Transylvanian Superstitions, published in 1885.