Crescent City Auction Gallery (1015 Julia St., 529-5057) is holding an auction Saturday, Sept. 24. Among the items for sale: a marble-topped parlor cabinet, a set of Limoges china and this vampire killing kit.
The mahogany box (which is to 19th-century vampire-killing weapons what Caboodles were to 1980s cosmetics) neatly houses a small armory: a mallet, six wooden stakes, a double-barreled pistol, two silver bullets and a silver-handled dagger. There's also a rosary, a cross-inlaid mirror, two crucifixes, two Bibles, a bottle of Holy Water and a rosary.
Lambert acquired the kit, which is now on public display at the gallery, from a dealer in north Louisiana and estimates it will sell at auction for $7,000 to $12,000. He says all the weapons appear built to withstand use. "It's a pretty good gun, and the rest of the stuff is all real implements," he says. He adds that none of the weapons appear to have been used to slay a vampire yet.