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  • Item Category: Alcohol & Smoking
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 02, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

Up For Consideration, A Piece Of American Cigar History From Tampa, The Heart Of Americas Cigar Industry. This 1887 Gradiaz Annis & Co. Don Julian Kings The Aristocrat Of Tampa Cigar Box Is Stamped With The Seal Of The City of Tampa July 16, 1887 by special permission of the Tampa City Council. Factory No. 252 Coll. District Florida.. It is Dovetailed and has 2 metal hinges and a metal latch in the front to secure the lid. Also has Pride of Tampa, and Don Julian Kings logos on top and front faces.. In 1867, Senors Ignacio Haya and Serfino Sanchez, natives of Spain came to New York City with $1000.00 in capital and started what was to become one of the most successful cigar manufacturies in the world. In 1886 they moved their operations to Tampa, Florida and they received the U.S. Revenue designation of "Factory No. 1". Tampa soon became the cigar manufacturing industry giant and Sanchez & Haya retained it's leadership roll. The company ultimately acquired and merged with many of the old-line Tampa producers, such as Morgan Cigar Co., Schwab-Davis y Cia. and many more. By 1892, both Senor Haya and Sanchez were leaders of the Spanish community and their financial ability, philanthropy, and industry were legendary. J. B. (Bunny) Annis began as a "drummer", or cigar salesman, who traveled from coast to coast selling his wares to Tobacconist and cigar merchants. "Dapper, loquacious, true bon vivants of the era .. perhaps the original American Salesman." Julius Annis, was at this time a guiding spirit and became partners in what is now known as Gradiaz, Annis or "Gradiaz y Annis", and was the Dean of these legendary "Knights of the Panetela." In 1963 Gradiaz Annis became a Division of General Cigar Co., Inc. Julius Benjamin Annis died the following year (June 1964) in Tampa. His son, Morton Lawrence Annis Sr. (1917-1979), President of Gradiaz, Annis, wrote about his father in 1967:

"My father had a basic compelling motivation for excellence of product which was, in truth, his religion and his way of life. His love for tobacco and fine cigars was sacrosanct and so traditional in concept that he vigorously opposed all modern technological advances, preferring to create cigars in the great classic style of his youth."

Gradiaz, Annis is still known world wide as "World Leader in Luxury Cigars" See the pictures for detail and condition which is excellent. The hinges are still intact and good and the wood itself is in excellent shape still, t is overall wear from age & a paint spot on the top.. you can still see a bit of the 50 cent tax stamp Very collectible rare example in great condition, don't let this one get away, you may not see one again. Please Bid Early/Often so I know t is interest from serious collectors! Thank You! Happy Holidays! I Will Combine Shipping Whenever Possible No Reserve No Handling Fees Domestic Shipping $5.99 Parcel Post / $9.50 Priority International Shipping Available Pay Pal / USPS Postal Money Orders Accepted