This beautiful Punch Cigar Ashtray, in its original box, would add a wonderful touch of elegance to a cigar smokers space.
This beautiful Punch Cigar Ashtray, in its original box, would add a wonderful touch of elegance to a cigar smokers space. The ashtray is a beautiful navy blue with a gilded edge and holds two cigars. Perfect for a solitude smoker or for a smoke with a buddy. The tray measures 6 3/4 inches by 9 inches by 1 inch deep and the Punch Cigar logo is in the center of the tray. The gilded band measures almost a full 1 inch wide. It does come in its original box however the box has some damage on it. This is a holiday collectible ashtray and is in excellent condition. Perfect for the collector or someone who just appreciates a good cigar.
A little history about the Punch brand: The Punch brand was first registered in 1840 by a German named Stockmann and named for the European puppet show character, Mr. Punch. The brand quickly became a success, especially in Great Britain.
In 1874, Punch brand was bought by a Luis Corujo who sold it in 1884 to Manuel López Fernández whose name is still on Punch bands and boxes. Retiring in 1924, Senior Fernandez gave ownership of the brand to Esperanza Valle Comas, who held it until the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
Like most other businesses around the world, the Cuban cigar industry faced financial hardships. In 1930, the firm of Fernández, Palicio y Cía bought up the brand, where it became one of the company’s headlining cigar marques.
After the embargo was set against Cuba by the United States, Fernando Palicio fled Cuba for Florida, where he subsequently sold his cigar lines to Frank Llaneza and Dan Blumenthal of Villazon & Co., which has continued to make Punch for the American market.
Cuba subsequently nationalized the tobacco industry and Punch continued production and is still a Cuban cigar line.