OK, So What Is This?

I posted this over on Facebook and got lots of guesses.  People thought it might be:

    • A Missionary Priest’s Kit
    • A Vampire Slayer Kit
    • A Display Kit for a Traveling Salesman
    • A Blessing Kit for a Duel
    • An Exorcist’s Kit

I have no idea.  It’s so cool, though, that I’d love to find this under my Christmas tree!

  • Kevin Orlin Johnson

    An antiques dealer sent me a notice about this item, or a similar one, a few months ago. I didn’t keep the catalogue, I don’t think, and I don’t remember the details! I’ll ask around and see what I can find out.

    • Kathy Schiffer

      Kevin, remember: Christmas is coming! You have my address….

    • Dale

      An auction house had this item listed in early 2012. What little the description says about its origin seems to be a guess. But the items does seem intended to represent a vampire hunter’s kit.

      The following link has a total of ten photos of the kit, showing its exterior and interior (once the tray is removed.)


  • Janelle W

    It has to be an exorcist kit because there is holy water and salts and various crucifixes and holy images. I bet the book is full of prayers and the rite of exorcism I just wonder what the pistol is for.

  • Ted Seeber

    Looks like the 19th century Missionary Priest’s kit that is on display at Hughes House Museum at Cape Blanco State Park in Oregon. (The Hughes were an early Catholic settler family to the Oregon Coast, with a son who was a priest, back in the day when the nearest parish was a couple of hundred miles inland).

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com Thomas L. McDonald

    Did you ever get an answer for this one? Pretty sure it’s a fake vampire hunter’s kit, made perhaps in the early 20th century as a novelty item. One showed up on Pawn Stars and the determined that these things were made to sell to tourists around the time Dracula was a popular stage show.

  • John Ritter

    It is a vampire hunting kit, and I’m pretty sure I knew the guy that made it.