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Cookbook recalls festival of pirates


Q: I have a cookbook titled "The Gasparilla Cookbook," compiled by the Junior League of Tampa in 1961. Is it a collectible and does it have any value?

A: Your cookbook is named for the ship of the 18th-century pirate, Jose Gaspar. After many years of preying on Gulf Coast ships, he made the fatal mistake of attacking a U.S. Navy ship. The "Gasparilla" was severely damaged, and rather than submit to capture, Gaspar bound himself in chains and leaped into the sea.

The annual Gasparilla festival in Tampa, Fla., was inspired by this legendary pirate. Local men, masquerading as pirates, sail ships up Tampa Bay with cannons and guns blazing and invade the city.

"Cookbooks Worth Collecting" by Mary Barile lists "The Gasparilla Cookbook" at $20.

Q: I have a Satsuma vase decorated with scenes of Oriental men. The base, handles and top are cobalt blue. What is its

origin, vintage and value?

A: Satsuma is glazed Japanese pottery that can be traced back to the 17th century. It can be identified by the finely crackled VTC finish, cream color and raised enameling. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, large amounts were made for export. Japanese legends and myths were the inspiration for much of the Satsuma-style ware. Your vase is circa 1900. Its value would probably be about $200 to $250.

Q: In 1966 I bought a clear, pressed-glass cream pitcher from an antiques dealer. Under the spout is the face of a bearded man. There are scrolls on the square-shaped handle and the base is supported by three feet. Any information you can provide will be appreciated.

A: Your nonflint creamer was made by LaBelle Glass Co., Bridgeport, Ohio, around 1880. It was designed and patented by Andrew H. Boggs, Nov. 2, 1880. Some names that this pattern is known by are "Queen Anne," "Neptune," "Bearded Man" and "Old Man of the Woods." The bearded man appears only on pitchers. "Early American Pattern Glass" by Bill Jenks and Jerry Luna shows a creamer in this pattern at $45 in mint condition.

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