An old human hand found was in a Florida attic and it was mounted inside a box with other items that appeared to tell a story, but what that story is has even the experts baffled today. When a Florida family recently cleaned out their grandparent’s attic, what they found was bizarre and somewhat morbid.
What appears to be a decomposed severed hand with a ring still on its ring finger is arranged in the box along with an old treasure map, some gold coins and a wedding photo of the great grandparents of this family, according to the Huffington Post on April 29. The map had the name “Gasper” written on it, which is the name of a legendary pirate from the late 18th and early 19th century, who is said to have sailed the seas doing violent acts to ship’s passengers and crew. This pirate’s stories are spun into the local folklore of Tampa.
While there is no proof this pirate ever existed, the stories of “Gasper” have been passed down from generation to generation and there is even a yearly festival held in this pirate’s name in Tampa. The pirate is sometimes referred to as “Gasparilla,” according to News Fix CW 3.
Tampa Bay History Center Curator, Rodney Kite-Powell examined the box and while it looks like a real human hand, no one is sure. The maps look to be a blueprint made in the 1920s or 1930s, claims Kite-Powell. The coins “appear too thin to be an authentic Spanish treasure” and they are also too thin to be deemed very old.
While the hand appears to be real, experts who have seen it are not 100 percent sure that it is a severed and decomposed human hand. “The jury is still out,” WFLA reporter Jeff Patterson
Kite-Powell was interviewed by a local TV station and he said that he doubted that this severed hand, if it is deemed human, is that of the old pirate. He said, “I just don’t know what to make of it aside from the fact that it’s probably not José Gaspar’s hand,” he said.
A Florida family was cleaning out the attic of their grandparent’s home when they stumbled upon the box which appears to be paying some type of homage to the fabled pirate. This bizarre find is going to need more examination and testing to see if that hand is that of a human.
If you look at the box in the picture above and check out the way that it is laid out, it almost looks like some type of project for school like a visual aid when telling the story of Florida’s famous pirate Gasper. The hand is attached to the box with small wires and the coins appeared glued so they remain stationary.
If this box was someone’s school project from yesteryear then maybe someone did a really good job at creating the hand. If that were the case the hand would have to be fake because taking a severed hand to school wouldn’t fly today or 100 years ago.
If those maps are blueprints from the 1920s or 1930s as the expert suggests then this box cannot be any older than that. This could very well be a school project, again if the hand is fake. What is your take on the severed hand with a treasure map?