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Probable German Kit, ca 1895



This kit was sold at auction to an anonymous Seattle man by Fain & Co. of Grants Pass, Washington around October 1997. The winning bid was $12,000. This is what happens when you buy retail.


The kit included an ivory-inlayed cruciform pistol that fires silver bullets, garlic powder, a wooden stake, a cannister of gunpowder, a vial of anti-vampire serum, spare bullets, and a bullet mould for manufacturing addition amunition.


The kit was built by a Professor Ernst Blomberg in the early 1890s. A Belgian gunmaker named Nicholas Plomdeur created the unique firearm.


I am making an inference about the age and origin of the kit, based partially on information about the maker and other items included in the auction lot.