Cased vampire killing kit, in a rosewood and ebony case with inlaid silver stringing and mother-of-pearl inlaid plaque. Contents include a black powder percussion 2-barrel pistol, a powder horn and bullet mold, bone handled dagger with crucifix, three small crucifixes, mallet and two wooden stakes, book of common prayer, two small framed portraits of Jesus, holy water and four glass vials with crystals. 4"H x 16"W x 9.75"D, Circa - 19th C.
Circa 19th century? Really? Then I read the auction terms.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE 1. All items are sold "AS IS, WHERE IS" with all faults. There are no warranties or representations of merchantability, of fitness, nor of any other kind, express or implied. All items are available for your examination prior to bidding. Written and oral descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to authenticity, age, condition, materials or any other feature of items being sold.
I suppose that lets them off the hook, but I'd still prefer a more creatively worded description that doesn't assert a definitive provenance. Remember kids, all vampire hunting kits are fake. They're wonderful examples of artistry and craftsmanship, but every single one dates from the modern era.
My apologies for the wall o' pics. One never knows when the auction catalog will be pulled down and I like to keep a record of notable kits.