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SOLD 1521 Gasparilla Route Map Cigar Box Purse


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1521 Gasparilla Route Map Cigar Box Purse

This cute little Gasparilla route map Humadorable makes me want to talk like a pirate! Arrrrgh! Gasparilla, here in Tampa, is kind of like Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Pirates come into the bay on a big pirate ship and take over the city. The bay is filled with boats and then a huge parade ensues involving krews of pirates and wenches and the celebration goes into the wee hours. This usually happens in January and paradades go on through March but this year it has been cancelled due to COVID. But we can still have our private Gasparilla parties! The map on this cigar box purse shows the pirates path and includes Bayshore Blvd., Davis Islands, Davis Island Yacht Club, the Convention Center, Port of Tampa, the University of Tampa, Hooker Point, Sparkman Channel, the Hillsborough River and Harbor Island. I framed the image with four large red crystals. The cigar box itself is a beautiful, brown, wooden, Perdomo, Champagne, 10th Anniversary, Reserve, Cabinet Series Ltd., Robusto and the original label remains authentically intact on the inner lid. I painted the back black and gave it a protective coating.  The up cycled purse has been flipped so that the opening is now on the top  and has been given a gold three ball lock for security. Eight gold purse feet have been added to the back and bottom for protection. Gold hardware has been attached to the sides so that you may add a strap that you already own. This makes these little cigar box purses of mine versatile in that they can be worn by the handle, over the shoulder or cross- body. I sell straps and gold and silver cross body chains too. The chain in the last photo is available, but not included. The interior has been lined with plush, padded red velvet and red trim.  The beaded handle is made up of red, black, skull with crystal eyes, and silver beads and a black leather tassel.  6 x 7.5 x 3.25″ 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. 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. 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.

Here is the link to purchase the chain. Use coupon code:  SHIPCHAIN at check out to take shipping charges off of the chain when adding to a cigar box purse purchase and add in comments if you would like gold or silver.

History: The Perdomo Cigars story begins with the family patriarch, Silvio Perdomo, who was born and raised in San Jose de las Lajas, Cuba, 17 miles southeast of Havana. During the early 1930’s Don Silvio apprenticed at Cuesta y Cia until 1937 when he moved on to the H. Upmann factory. By 1945 he was working at the famed Partagás factory in Havana where he worked until 1959. His son, Nick Perdomo Sr., began his apprenticeship in 1948 at the Marin & Trujillo factory and earned such high praise for his craftsmanship, he was soon working with his father at Partagás. By 1959, the Cuban Revolution changed everything. Don Silvio, an ardent anti-Communist, was vehemently opposed Castro’s regime, which led to his arrest, trial, and conviction, where he spent over 12 years of cruel and unusual punishment in some of Cuba’s most vile prisons. Silvio finally left Cuba in 1974 and emigrated to the United States. Nick Sr. suffered similar consequences in Castro’s “New Cuba.” Ambushed by pro-Castro guerillas, he was shot several times and critically wounded. Thanks to a close friend and a sponsorship from The Catholic Church, Nick was able to leave Cuba and start a new life in the U.S. Living in Washington, D.C. Nick worked as a janitor in a psychiatric hospital, but the lousy wages made it difficult to support a family. In 1976, after connecting with relatives who were already living in Florida, Nick moved his family to Miami, started a small construction business, and became a very successful general contractor.

Nick’s son, Nick Perdomo Jr., grew up in Miami and after high school joined the U.S. Navy. Following his military service, Nick Jr. took a job as an air traffic controller at Miami Intl. Airport. Though his knowledge of the business at the time was limited, Nick Jr. was determined to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and become a cigar maker. While keeping his lucrative job at Miami Intl., in 1992, with the help of his wife Janine, Nick, Jr. started “Nick’s Cigar Co.” in his garage. The tiny tabacalera had three rollers and Nick and Janine handled all of the packing. Despite their tireless efforts, the company sold less than 10,000 cigars in the first year. Though sales improved, revenues were still way below par. However, Nick’s timing was excellent; the impending cigar boom was warming-up in the bullpen. At that time cigars made with mild Dominican fillers and Connecticut wrappers were the norm. But Nick Jr., who always thought outside the box, and liked bucking industry trends, began making full-bodied cigars. When the boom arrived in the mid-90’s, cigar smokers were eager to try these Nick Perdomo cigars made with robust Central American tobaccos and richer-tasting Ecuadorian Sumatra wrappers. During the boom Nick also introduced the Perdomo Squared cigars line. As one of the first box-pressed cigars ever produced for the U.S. market, its success was a huge shot in the arm to the company. In 1995 Nick Jr. bought his first cigar factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. His father, Nick Sr., who had already retired to Estelí, helped set up and supervise the factory’s operations with his brother Antonio, and Perdomo Cigars S.A. was born. Meanwhile, the Miami factory sales were heating up to the boiling point. Backorders were piling-up, so in 1997 Nick Jr. opened a new Perdomo Cigars factory in the Ybor City district of Tampa. But due to high labor costs which limited production and profits, the Tampa factory tanked. Were it not for Nick Jr.’s vision and success in Nicaragua, cigar smokers today wouldn’t be able to enjoy Perdomo Habano cigars, Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne, or be able to buy Perdomo cigars online. Perdomo would just be another cigar brand among many that fizzled-out after the boom. In the first year alone the Estelí factory produced over a million cigars, and by 1999 Perdomo had to build an even bigger factory to keep up with demand. By 2001 production had increased by 10 times with a staff of 700 workers. That same year, the leaves for the future Perdomo Cigars Lot 23 selection were harvested. NickPerdomo Sr. passed away in 2004, but he left a marvelous legacy. The company has continued to grow and modernize by combining traditional Cuban tobacco farming methods with the latest advances in agricultural science. Today, the Tabacalera Perdomo factory is an 88,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility, and the second-largest producer of premium handmade cigars in Nicaragua.