1489 Romeo y Julieta Cigar **Man Box** Watch Box, Stash Box, Dresser Valet, Desk Box, Jewelry Box Gun Box, Groomsman Gift
This is a simply beautiful Romeo y Julieta, Romeo, Piramides cigar box to begin with- so perfect before I even touch it! The classic balcony scene labels are on the outer and inner lid as well as the modern red and white Romeo design with a high gloss finish. I added the ornate feet, the bronze knob for ease of opening and lined it with padded black velvet. 7.5 x 9.75 x 2- 2.5″ with the ornate feet. Valet for keys, wallet, glasses, cell phone and change, watch box, gun box, jewelry box, stash box- the uses are endless. These valet / man boxes look great on a desk, dresser, bar, book case, coffee table – you get it. Great gift for Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation or groomsmen gifting. Perfect guy gift in general! THIS IS AN AUTHENTIC CIGAR BOX , SO SMALL FLAWS INFLICTED BY THE SMOKERS OF THE CIGARS ARE TO BE EXPECTED! This only adds authenticity, character and charm! Large flaws will be noted in the description. If you don’t like what you see, I can do custom cigar box purses and valets that can include anything you like!- pictures of family members, pets, places, collegiate or pro sports themes- you name it! I can add initials to any of my cigar box valets for a small charge too- just ask! I always ship insured. Feel free to call me! 813-655-8003 Humadorables by Susan- Home Please sign up for email via this site to get in on sales and new products. 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.