gothic folly

The Professor Blomberg Vampire Killing Kit

  1.  An efficient pistol with its usual accoutrements
  2.  Silver Bullets
  3.  An Ivory crucifix
  4.  Powdered flowers of garlic
  5. A wooden stake
  6.  Professor Blomberg’s new serum

The kit is assembled from the following:

  1. Good quality Victorian Walnut Box
  2. Unnamed box lock pocket pistol with Liege proof marks
  3. Silver Bullets. These were difficult to produce due to the higher melting point of silver when compared to lead
  4. Powdered flowers of garlic in an original Victorian medicine bottle
  5. A wooden stake with a silver point
  6. Professor Blomberg’s Serum: produced in Harley Street, London, made from mainly fluorescing salts. In an original Victorian medicine bottle
  7. An original ivory crucifix
  8. The pistol accessories, including a solid silver gunpowder flask, an original bullet mould, box of percussion caps, etc.

The first of these kits was made by Michael de Winter in 1970 as a ‘one off’ novelty. He priced the first kit at one thousand pounds to attract interest, but discourage buyers (it was a show piece). The kit eventually sold, and copies soon appeared. The original most recently sold at Sotheby’s for over $21,000. Despite what Ripley’s Odditorium would have you believe, the kit is a hoax… which is a little disappointing.

Ripley’s Odditorium
Ocean City, Md.

Wimpole’s Folly - Wimpole Hall -Cambridgeshire,England

The folly is designed to resemble the ruins of a medieval castle. It was built on the grounds of Wimpole Hall in the mid-1770s. The Earl of Hardwicke commissioned Sanderson Miller (the noted follies architect of the day) to design the folly in 1751, to then have it later built by Capability Brown in 1769.

The ruins are substantially built and stretch for two hundred feet in length, and include a four-storey Gothic tower. They, and Wimpole Hall, are currently owned by the National Trust and open to the public.