Victorian-style vampire slayer's kit up for auction

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A vampire-slaying kit packed with an arsenal of weapons to ward off the mythical blood-sucking beast is set for auction.

The Victorian-style kit, housed in a wooden box adorned with crosses and a crucifix, includes a dagger, pistol, stakes to drive through the creature's heart, a 19th-century Book of Common Prayer and a bottle labelled 'Holy Water'. In case that's not enough, there is also a sizeable axe.

Hansons Auctioneers will be offering the kit for auction on September 26 with a guide price of £800-£1,000. The auctioneers believe the composed kit was probably made in the 20th century as a novelty item for horror fans.

However, it could still exceed expectations under the hammer. In June, a similar but older whimsical piece sold for a total of £16,900 at Hansons, from an estimate of £2,000-£3,000. The result prompted the seller of the new find to come forward.

The seller, a 68-year-old retired driving instructor from Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, said: "I bought my vampire-slaying kit about 18 months ago at an international antiques fair in Peterborough. It just caught my eye.

"I like quirky items. It's a fun piece and a great talking point. I've done my research and items like this are created by putting together a selection of objects relating to the vampire myth. I hadn't heard of one having an axe before. I suppose it's something to fall back on if the silver bullet doesn't work. I think this kit could kill zombies as well as vampires! I'm well aware it was created just for fun. I've had my enjoyment out of it now. I have shown it to all my friends. It's someone else's turn to enjoy this quirky collectible."

The vampire-slaying kit will be offered on September 26 in Hansons' monthly Antiques and Collectors sale which runs from 22 to 26 September.