Not Saussure

April 12, 2007

A Victorian vampire-hunter’s kit

Filed under: Uncategorized — notsaussure @ 10:56 pm are, I think, a bit harsh when they say

Auction hounds are snapping up “vampire killing kits” and “vampire hunting kits” manufactured by a nineteenth century quack named Ernst Blomberg. The kits, which have been found in Australia and sold by at least two auction houses (including Southebys, reportedly for $12,000), include silver bullets, a wooden stake, holy water, and other important vampire-destroying items.

I mean, can they claim with any certainty that the things don’t work and he’s a quack? Certainly, cynics may say that there are no vampires in Australia that we know of, but that’s after God knows how many Victorian remittance-men and other black sheep were sent out there armed with Herr Professor Blomberg’s kits, is it not?

Anyway, I want one. According to the instructions that come with the original box, it seems to contain all that a vampire-hunter could need:

Vampire Killing Kit

The accoutrements for the destruction of the Vampire

This box contains the items considered necessary for the protection of persons who travel into certain little known countries in Eastern Europe where the populace are plagued with a peculiar manifestation of evil, known as Vampires… Professor Ernst Blomberg respectfully requests that the purchaser of this kit carefully studies his book. Should evil manifestations become apparent, he is then equiped to deal with them efficiently… Professor Blomberg wishes to announce his grateful thanks to that well known gunmaker of Liege, Nicholas Plombeur, whose help in compiling of the special items, the silver bullets,etc., has been most efficient. The items enclosed are as follows…

1. An efficient pistol with its usual accoutrements
2. A quantity of bullets of the finest silver
3. Powdered flowers of garlic (one phial)
4. Flour of Brimstone (one phial)
5. Wooden stake (Oak)
6. Ivory crucifix
7. Holy Water (one phial)
8. Professer Blomberg’s New Serum

Presumably the last item is in case the vampire manages to get a bite in first.

Via Boing Boing



  1. Yes, wondering where to get hold of one of these. With my recent postulations about Christianity, it might come in handy.

    Comment by jameshigham — April 13, 2007 @ 7:48 am

  2. Clearly they work well. My cousins live in Oz and although they talk about the snakes and the ‘roos they have never seen a vampire.

    Comment by Dave Petterson — April 13, 2007 @ 10:03 am

  3. […] Filed under: Foreigners — notsaussure @ 5:45 pm The coincidence of this to my note about kits for Victorian vampire-hunters wasn’t planned; let me explain how it came […]

    Pingback by Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make! « Not Saussure — April 13, 2007 @ 5:49 pm

  4. i have seen one of these in a collection but a little more primitave the one i saw was a gun built into a heavy wooden crucifix, single shot with a snaplock configuration, great stuff tho i would love to have one for my own collection as a novelty

    Comment by tophatdan — March 3, 2008 @ 12:33 am

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