While cleaning out my parents’ home we found these old cigars from Manchester. I’m not sure why my dad would have had them because he didn’t smoke.
My question is, does anyone collect old cigars? They have never been opened.
Carl from Amherst
Yes, people do collect old cigars. Even ones that are opened, depending on the cigar.
Your R.G. Sullivan Dexter cigars were manufactured right in Manchester at the R.G. Sullivan cigar factory on Canal Street. The history behind these and the 7-20-4 cigars is a very interesting one and a big part of the history of Manchester. You can find out more by going to the Manchester Historic Association on Bedford Street in Manchester. They also have a website that you can do research on as well. It’s really interesting and educational.
Your cigars are collectible in today’s market because of their being local, and it seems cigars in general these days have become very popular again, so collecting has too. I have seen them around, and in good wrapped condition as yours they sell in the $10 range to collectors. Some bring more than others.
To try to answer your question about why your dad would have had them, I can remember when people had events when I was young, there was always someone who was handing out cigars as a form of celebrating. I even remember when a woman had a baby the men would pass out cigars with a ribbon on them for a boy or girl. So maybe this is how he got them and just tossed them somewhere until you came across them. Or maybe someone they knew worked in the factory.
No matter how or why he had them, they are a great piece of local history.
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668).