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1890 Vampire Defense Kit

1890 Vampire Defense Kit

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1890 Vampire Defense Kit

This exemplary item is a one of a kind find, a centerpiece for any collection of paranormal or Victorian era oddities. This kit has everything one would need to defend against, or hunt the un-dead in Victorian England. This set belonged to Sir Philip William Burne-Jones, 2nd Baronet (1 October 1861 – 21 June 1926), a well known associate of Bram Stoker, author of "Dracula." Born to famous artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones and his wife Georgiana Macdonald, he became a well-known painter in his own right, producing more than 60 works.

His fascination with the occult, and the overall Vampire craze in upper-classs Victorian England at the time, inspired him to create his most famous work, "The Vampire." A haunting image of a female vampire as she prepares to drink the blood of an unconscious victim. The vampire was believed to have been modeled by the actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell, with whom Burne-Jones had been romantically linked. The painting also inspired his cousin Rudyard Kipling's poem of the same name.

This amazing and finely crafted set contains a letter from someone called Arthur referring to another individual named "PIXIE," the nickname of a young female artist named Pamela Coleman Smith. Pamela Coleman Smith was known to be a member of Burne-Jones's and Bram Stoker's social "circle". It is speculated that "ARTHUR" may have been Arthur Conan Doyle the Author of "Sherlock Holmes" who was also known to be part of this circle of friends.

This set does predate the writing of Stoker's Dracula and carries a fascinating history, being commissioned by one of Stoker's associates with such exemplary literary connections. In full disclosure, from what we do know of Sir Phillip, it is far more likely that this wealthy, eccentric artist commissioned this piece to serve as a conversation piece at high society parties than to hunt down the un-dead in the streets of Victorian England. However make no mistake, this tastefully and meticulously crafted kit is no pretender. With two matching pistols, silver bullets and sharpened wooden stakes in the right hands this would surely be a slayer.

Includes the following items:

- Quality hardwood custom built carrying case with brass locks, bass fittings and a brass carry handle with Brass plaque on the case lid engraved- PHILIP BURNE-JONES. The case interior lined in well-worn purple colored velvet and is compartmentalized to accommodate the set.

- Massive wood mallet with inlaid silver crucifix. This hammer would have been used to drive wooden stakes through a Vampire's heart.

- Five silver mounted wooden stakes with engraved numbers 1,2,3,4,5 (Number three is silver tipped).

- Three screw top silver bottle containers with glass apothecary bottles inside each complete with glass stoppers. Each bottle is labeled; Ether, Chloroform (Poison) and illegible.

- Silver snuff box / coin holder with inscribed initials of PBJ.

- A matched pair of small large .5 caliber silver mounted percussion pocket pistols, made by "Reilly of London" circa 1860.

- Brass gunpowder flask.

- Iron bullet mold.

- Victorian era tin full of percussion caps.

- Small supply of "silver" pistol balls which are heavily tarnished.

- Holy Bible, in English, named to Philip Burne-Jones (1880) and published in MDCCCLXIX (1859).

- Metal crucifix with a depiction of Christ.

- Mirror with silver crucifix inlaid to reverse.

- Rosary made up of black beads and a plain small silver cross.

- Original Handwritten letter dated November 15th, 1890 signed by "Arthur" to "friend" describing a fall by a woman named "Pixie".

- Original Post card of WHITBY with postage stamp to a woman named Mrs. Marie Weatherell in London.

- Original empty packet of Manfull's Plate Powder of Nottingham, this contained Silver Polish.

- Original Whitby Apothecary wooden bottle top.

- Original Tin Type photo in frame of whom we do not know, possibly Philip Burne-Jones.

 

Comes w/ "As seen on Pawn Stars" Certificate of Authenticity, and hand-signed photo of Rick Harrison

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