Rare lacquered and gilt cigar box circa 1870-1880
Cigar box in papier mâché, with engraved painted gold, palmette-leaf motifs. On top, a shield with the inscription H. DE CABANAS Y CARBAJAL and CABS. Lateral inscription : Excepcionales.
interior with the great shield of the Crown of Spain in burnished gold.
Cuba, circa 1870-1880.
H: 5,5 cm. L: 15 cm. D: 15 cm.
Such rare boxes are a testimony to the prestige that Habano cigars had around the world: the quality and preciosity of the material, lacquer and gold, show how much such a product would have been expensive.
The gilding was done by applying gold, painted and engraved. As for the lacquer, coming from China, not only it gave the box its preciosity, but it was helping too the preservation of the tobaco.
It is one of the first 'commercial' cigar boxes, as we know them today. It should be known that at the time the great majority of cigar where simply presented as a bundle held by a ribbon. Such a presentation box was therefore reserved for the elite of the time.