One of the oldest legendary monsters that has haunted people for centuries is the vampire: an undead man or woman that craves to consume blood. Predating the recent interest in vampires, these sharp-toothed creatures have been documented through oral history and historical texts dating as far back as the 18th century.
Some people believe that the vampire craze was jumpstarted by the release of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1897, which eludes to historical figure Vlad the Impaler as being a flesh-consuming animal. In that time, travelers would even purchase a vampire killing kit before traveling to Eastern Europe in preparation for their hazardous journey.
Antique vampire hunting kits have recently started appearing and are being sold for outrageous amounts of money. The one photographed below was found in Jimmy Pippen’s estate, dating back to the early 1800s and sold for $14,850 at an auction this past year. Inside, you would find a bible, wooden stakes, crosses, silver bullets, holy oils/water, mirrors, candles, and even some garlic to ward the vampires off, all packed inside an American walnut case.
Should we be stocking up on garlic this year or is this just a legend to scare villagers and the upper-class alike? Was Jimmy Pippen crazy for holding on to this antique or did he know something we don’t?