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Cuban “Tronquitos”


Cuban “TRONQUITOS”


Who has never seen a “TRONQUITOS”? An atypical and interesting post-revolution packaging made in Cuba .


Story from the Min Ron Nee 1


Luxury Cabinets – “Branch of a Tree cabinet”

This might be the most interesting looking packaging found for post-revolution production of Havana Cigars. The Humidor like a tree trunk.

The official name was “Tronco de Arbol” and was available in 25’s and 50’s.*
* Source: “Cubatabaco Luxurious Cabinets, Cubatabaco, 1971.

The «Caney2» shape cabinet with thatched roof made by H.Upmann in the 1940’s/50’s was probably the predecessor of this kind of packaging. The “Branch of a tree cabinets” was probably a simplified version of this cabinet. It was also very probably an invention by Cubatobaco, as so far all specimens seen have a “Hecho en Cuba” logo on the bottom [OCI’s note : Already seen without marking on the bottom]. This logo started to appear in September 1960. This very interesting kind of packaging is believed to have been discontinued circa mid-1970’s.*
* Source : Collectors in Cuba.

In a 1972 Cubatabaco official catalogue, the name in Spanish is “Estuche tronco de arbol”, in English it is “Branch of a tree cabinet”, in French it is “Etuis sous la forme de tronc d’arbre”.

In fact it is not a natural tree trunck drilled hollow. The cabinet is made of lacquered natural tree bark wrapped into a tube form.

After searching all old catalogues available, only two cigars can be found wrapped in this kind of packaging, and they were both probably discontinued in the mid-1970’s :

  • Roméo & Julietta – Arbolados,
  • Sancho Panza – Tronquitos,
OCI’s note : Picture from a 1976 catalog

According to cigar specialists in Cuba, besides Romeo y Julieta and Sancho Panza, at lesat three other brands in the post-Revolution era offered cigars packaged in these “Branch of a Tree cabinets”, namely Partagas, Ramon Allones and Hoyo de Monterrey. The models names of the cigars are are not known.* [OCI’s note : Note that you will find other models seen in the listing & pictures sections]
* Source : Collectors in Cuba.


Listing


In addition to these 2 references there have been other versions under other brands, here is a non-exhaustive listing*.
* : If you have comments or pictures feel free to contact us.

MarqueVitoleContenance
Bolivar-/-25
Cubatabaco-/-50
H.Upmann-/-25
H.Upmann-/-50
Hoyo de Monterey-/-25
Montecristo-/-25
Partagas-/-25 (petit modèle)
Partagas-/-25
Partagas-/-50
Punch-/-25
Ramon Allones-/-?
Roméo & JuliettaArbolados25
Roméo & Julietta-/-50
Roméo & Julietta-/-25
Sancho PanzaTronquitos25
Sans marque-/-50
SiboneyCoronas25
SiboneyCoronas50
XIX CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL DE BEISBOL AMATEUR - CUBA 1971-/-25

Pictures


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1 : An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars by Min Ron Nee.

2 : The “CANEY” is a typical element in the Tainian villages of Pre-Columbian Cuba. That was the dwelling of one or more family, according to its size. It towered over the native huts because of its remarkable construction. It was circular-shaped, made of sticks together vertically with conical palm-thatched roofs.*
* Source / translated from : An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars by Min Ron Nee.


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Dupont BS lighter

Logo S.T.Dupont

S.T.DUPONT BS lighter or Briquet Standard.


Indispensable in the world of lighters the brand S.T.DUPONT released its first gasoline lighter in 1941 then its first gas lighter in 1952. The DUPONT BS is the brand’s second gas lighter. It was manufactured between 1959 and 1973.

It does not have a flame adjustment wheel. The small toothed wheel on the lock is used to cut off the gas supply with the hood open. This wheel is the distinctive sign of DUPONT BS.

DUPONT BS lighter

The flame adjustment is carried out by screwing or unscrewing the burner using a tool supplied with the lighter (or with pliers).
Only one cap is present on the bottom of the lighter, it is the cap of the filling valve.

BELOW CAP DUPONT BS

It comes in two sizes:

  • Small model : BSP lg 35 mm x 14 mm x ht 47 mm, yellow gas refill – gray stone.
  • Large model : BSG lg 35 mm x 14 mm x ht 58 mm, red gas refill – gray stone.
DUPONT BS lighter sizes

Few models


Here a vintage BS small model with basketry pattern:

       


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Advertisement S.T.DUPONT DS - 1959
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S.T.DUPONT official website.


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La Comercial – Bengochea y Fernandez – HABANA

La Comercial – Bengochea y Fernandez – HABANA


Logo La Comercial de Bengochea y Fernandez
The logo is a reproduction based on the imprint on the box.

Old box as a cabinet of La Comercial de Bengochea y Fernandez, contained 25 cigars stored vertically.

Dimensions : 15,5 (5,90″) x 12,2 (4,72″) x 22,4 cm (8,82″)

Before 1950’s but without information more precise, do not hesitate to contact us if you have elements regarding this brand.



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