An honest miss-stake.

Here’s a quick follow-up to the article on Vampire Killing Kits in the current issue of Fortean Times. Thanks to Darth Saber of the Replica Prop Forum for pointing out this intriguing new kit that’s somehow (so far) survived Ebay’s anti-weapons policy.

We’ve seen kits containing real antique firearms sold on Ebay before, but only where the pistol itself is listed on a different site. So whether this one stays the distance is anyone’s guess.

It’s interesting because it’s far superior to most ostensibly antique kits that we see on the ‘bay, but falls short of the mark in a few key ways. Firstly, there’s the deviation from the original Blomberg label style, typeface, and wording. You can’t beat the classic, so why even try?

Secondly, there’s the bizarrely-named bottle labelled ‘Daffy’s Eliyir’ [sic];

An oblique ‘Count Duckula’ reference? Who knows?!

Finally, and most obviously, there are the glaring spelling/typo and grammar mistakes (see how  many you can spot):

I realise Blomberg is meant to be a non-native English speaker, but really.

At least he’s consistent! (NB this odd spelling appears elsewhere…)

Now, I should point out that in common with recent auction house trends, there’s no direct claim of antiquity here. It’s simply presented as a ‘Vampire Killing Slayer Kit’, leaving the bidder to make up his own mind about its age and authenticity. Note however that it uses mostly antique components and those that aren’t have been deliberately aged. Is there intent to deceive? I leave that to the reader to decide.

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4 Responses to “An honest miss-stake.”

  1. Daz Says:

    That last photo: it’s clearly a discworld reference…

    • bshistorian Says:

      Just in case anyone gets the wrong end of the stick with your comment, ‘garlick’ is of course a genuine archaic spelling of the word.

  2. Anthony Hogg Says:

    While I’m glad the auctioneer isn’t making claims to its authenticity…he’s also asking for a US $499.99 starting bid. I just hope no one buys it. On principle.

    • bshistorian Says:

      Completely agree Anthony. Couple deliberate aging with that starting price, and the implication, if not the outright claim, is pretty clear.

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