1865 Civil War "el Zouave" Soldier Label Cigar Box - Fantastic Engraved Label For Sale
Very rare and simply fantastic, ca1865, Civil War Subject Cigar Box featuring a fantastic inner box label depicting an American Zouave Soldier and two Civil War Camp Scenes. The wonderful, Wooden Cigar Box originally held 100 Trabucos size "El Zouave" Cuban Cigars manufactured by "J.H.", Havana. Trabucos Cigars measure approx. 4 3/8" long and have a somewhat slim diameter.
This exceptionally rare, American Market Cigar Box measures approx. 8" by 4 3/4" by 4 1/2" tall. It is a very early design, nailed Cigar Box with an intact muslin hinge and has the and retains its original, engraved inner label (the only label the Box ever had). The outer surface of the lid is impressed with an oval design containing text that reads "El Zouave / J.H. / Havana".
While there is little to definitively date the box to 1865 (although the design of the box and of the label are typical of the period 1840's to 1860's) we did find an advertisement in an Australian Newspaper dated December 14th, 1865 announcing the sale of "Choice Trabucos... To Cigar Merchants, To Tobacconists and others of imported Cigars including "2 cases En Zouave trabucos, 1 case Lydia Thompson ditto, 1 case Bouqet ditto (and) 2 cases Princess Wales ditto". The Box offered here is the proper size to hold the 4 3/8" trabucos size cigars and we are confident that this advertisement was for examples of the Cigars that were originally contained in the Cigar Box offered here.
The pièce de résistance of this wonderful Cigar Box is the fantastic, American Civil War subject engraved paper Cigar Box Label that is found on the inner surface of the Lid. The Label measures approx 7 1/4" by 4 1/2" and features a bust portrait of an American Zouave Soldier in full uniform at the center. The central portrait is flanked by two civil war field camp scenes both displaying American Flags as well as field tents, military arms and accoutrements. The label caries no engraver's or artists mark.
There is no evidence that the Box ever had a Tax Stamp (consistent with a date of manufacture around 1865) nor did it ever have any other external labels or markings except as noted above.
This wonderful and very rare, Civil War Era American Market Cigar Box is in very good condition - the wooden components are sound, strong and without physical damage. The outer surface was painted a uniform dark blue (almost black) color a VERY long time ago (certainly in the 19th century) and there are also some blotches of old white paint on the outer surface of the lid. All of this exterior paint could certainly be removed by a professional restorer (if the purchaser so desires) without damage to the outer surface of the Cigar Box. The outstanding inner Label is in very good condition - intact and complete with no paper loss or physical damage but with an area of light staining along the bottom edge (looks like a tobacco stain) as well as a small stain at the center of the top edge. The image is not signed by the engraver but the work is of the very highest quality.
An exceptionally rare and wonderful, ca1865 Civil War Subject Cigar Box featuring a fantastic inner box label depicting an American Zouave Soldier and two Civil War Camp Scenes and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
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1865 Civil War "el Zouave" Soldier Label Cigar Box - Fantastic Engraved Label: $385