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    Posted 9 months ago

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    This wonderful 6"x5"x6" CAO Criollo cigar box is probably not very old. I'm guessing 90's-2000's? because the website is burned on the bottom :-)

    Has 4 pull-out drawers an d map highlighting the connection between Nicaragua and Cuba. A recent gift from my sister who is from Virginia, US -ha ha- well known tobacco state! We get together every year and the theme of her gift to us 3 sisters was "little treasures in cigar boxes", beautiful handmade notecards, lavendar, beach shells and fossils that we collected along the James River at the Chippokes working plantation . (FYI, this spot of the tidal James River often reveals fossil shark teeth, which can be collected, but we didn't find any.) A quick ferry ride to Jamestown and Colonial Willamsburg. I love this and one of the drawers works for my 1960's tin litho butterflies.

    Great time with my sisters and loved the cigar box theme! Thanks all for looking and comments.


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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 9 months ago
      Unique little item you have. I buy and sell cigar boxes all the time and will offer one bit of advise. Take care of it and preserve it. No matter the age if it is unusual. Most cigar smokers throw them away when they are empty or the ones that are kept aren't taken care of. A treasure today can be a bigger treasure down the road. I have seen simple cigar boxes on eBay sell for over $3500 just for the brand name and images inside and outside the box.
    2. Newfld Newfld, 9 months ago
      Love cigar boxes and this one is special with the antique map of Cuba, wonderful find Mary
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 9 months ago
      Thanks flrjr2 for your nice comments - I love these too and use them for storage of smalls....they tuck in to any bookshelf or small corner in my little apt. This one is very unique. It's easy to find the cardboard or light balsa wood boxes, but the nicer wood w/logos and tax seals are pretty neat and this one is special. I also love cigar/cigarette/tobacco tins altho those generally don't hold more than photos, or to be used as a gift box for some jewel.

      Ken - thank you, yes a new home for my 1960's dimestore litho pins. :D
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 9 months ago
      Mani - thank you for your love!

      Jenni - yes, it's hard to see but besides Cuba and Nicaragua are points between on the "old" map decoupaged to the lid. Agree, love those cigar boxes. I like advertising items, that was my major - graphic arts.
    5. valentino97 valentino97, 9 months ago
      Kevin - thanks!
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 9 months ago
      Wonderful to use it as a "collector's Cabinet". They are rare and far between as far as finds go, and the collection of bugs I see in the third pic make it more ideal and packed with beauty!~
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 9 months ago
      Phil - thanks, I have a good number of these "collector's cabinets" and often fun to open one up "oh that's where this is!", but that's a mixed, box... Yes, I love my 60's badge or pin-backs. I still need to find the Lone Ranger and Western themed.

      Friends - thanks for your loves! Toyrebel, Watchsearcher, BB2, Fort, Thomas and Ted

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