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Early Romanian(?) Kit, ca 1830



This kit was found under a stove during an Australian drug raid on the home of a Romanian man.


The kit included a crucifix, wooden stake (possibly set with human bone), a silver-colored pistol with four bullets, each of which was engraved with a cross. Also present was an empty vial (presumably for holy water), and a garlic container.


The kit is engraved in Latin with "Deus Vult" (God wills it). This phrase dates back to Pope Urban II, in the launch of the First Crusade in 1095. Greco-Roman words appear on the lid in a phrase from about 5 bc believed to offer protection from vampires.


The gun was determined to have been made in Ireland.