1411 Romeo Nicaragua 505 Cigar Box Clutch Cross Body Bag
This orange and black, factory lacquered, Romeo Nicaragua 505 cigar box by Romeo y Julieta Cigars has been left pretty much authentically as is! The logos depict a map of Nicaragua. The brown seal has been left intact. I really like the tough feel of it. I flipped the cigar box so that the opening is now on the top and gave it a gold three ball lock for security. The back of the clutch is done in the original black velvet. Eight gold feet protect the back and bottom of the clutch. Gold hardware has been attached to the sides to hold the chain that comes with the clutch so that it can be cross bodied. The chain can be wrapped through twice to make it shorter and worn over the wrist as well. The gold tone chain is approximately 49″ long. The interior looks very high end, lined with padded black velvet and adorned with the Romeo label on the inner lid along with a bit of black lace- so classy! 6.75 x 8.5 x 2.25″ THIS IS AN AUTHENTIC CIGAR BOX PURSE, SO SMALL FLAWS INFLICTED BY THE SMOKERS OF THE CIGARS ARE TO BE EXPECTED! They only add character and charm! Large flaws will be noted in the description. **This one does have a tiny nick on the back right corner and a small tear on the inner label. If you don’t like what you see, I can do custom cigar box purses and can include anything you like!- pictures of family members, pets, places- you name it! I always ship insured. Feel free to call me! 813-655-8003-Home- Also please follow Humadorables by Susan on Facebook and Instagram. https://www.facebook.com/Humadorables/ https://www.instagram.com/humadorablesbysusan/
History: This iconic Cuban brand was born in 1875 (some say 1873) in a partnership between Inocencio Alvarez and Manin Garcia. Early on, the ‘Romeos’ won numerous tasting awards, but the brand gained greater prominence after being acquired by Jose ‘Pepin’ Rodriguez Fernandez, formerly the head of the Cabañas factory in Havana. Rodriguez traveled frequently to Europe and across the Americas throwing parties for members of high society. An aficionado of horse racing, he named his horse ‘Julieta.’ He even opened a shop in Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s masterpiece, in the Hotel Capulet. Some have reported that Rodriguez was obsessed with the play. Rodriguez apparently tried to purchase the Palazzo Capuleti, the ancient home of Juliet’s family. The authorities in Verona were, to say the least, unreceptive. It seems Rodriguez wanted to turn the decrepit landmark into something of a cigar lounge. “I have come to offer you a lot of money and to ask your permission to purchase the Palazzo Capuleti,” Rodriguez explained. “Yes, the very palazzo with the beautiful balcony on which Romeo and Juliet secretly convened. Imagine what that means for a smoker – to be able to smoke in the very rooms where the young lovers met! It would be absolutely perfect to have a young signorina, beautiful as Juliet, walk out on the balcony to join customers smoking my cigars.” Denied his dream, Rodriguez returned to Cuba and salved his wounded honor by building a replica of the palazzo in Havana. He included, some say, a perfect copy of Juliet’s balcony. The building, about 100 meters from Havana’s seafront promenade, at one time had two German Shepherd guard-dogs with the names – oh yes – Romeo y Julieta. Romeo y Julieta became a wildly popular brand around the world, especially among the wealthy. Rodriguez would personalize cigar bands for his customers, at one point having as many as 20,000 vanity labels. Romeo y Julieta’s most famous fan, after a visit to Cuba in 1946, was Sir Winston Churchill. As with too many things cigar-related in Cuba, Romeo y Julieta suffered having its house divided. After the Castro revolution and the subsequent embargo imposed by the United States, Romeo y Julieta set up shop in the Dominican Republic and began making cigars in La Romana.