C Ingenohl – company and man – HK cigars

HF: Impressively named Carl Franz Adolph Otto Ingenohl was the owner of C. Ingenohl which operated cigar manufacturing companies in both the Philippines and Hong Kong under the trade name La Perla del Oriente.

In Hong Kong Ingenohl ran the Orient Tobacco Manufactury Company which had a factory in Yau Ma Tei.

I cannot find a image of Mr Ingenohl.
Did the company have any other operations in Hong Kong?

Mike T sent the following in as a comment: [Orient Tobacco Manufactury Company was used] in the Chamber of Commerce Members list from 1936 (page xxxiii), showing Orient Tobacco Manufactory / C. Ingehnohl Ltd. as a member since 1912.


They seem to have lasted at least until WWII as there are multiple Swiss and Japanese library records dating to the end of the war and mentioning the company, specifically in relation to having been looted during Japanese occupation of the colony.

Mike T also wrote this as a comment: I found this very interesting piece from Papers Past, in a 1916 issue of the New Zealand Herald.

“The proprietor of La Perla del Oriente is C. Ingenohl, living in Rotterdam, and a naturalized Belgian citizen. He is a brother of Admiral Ingenohl, who was lately chief admiral of the German grand fleet. The manager, assistant manager, and European employees of La Perla del Oriente are all Germans. C. Ingenohl is also proprietor of the Hongkong Tobacco Manufactory, Hongkong. All supplies for La Perla del Oriente cigar factory are imported from Germany, even the office supplies.”

Obviously, the article has to be seen in the context of anti-German sentiment during World War I, and it’s quite possible that description of the company’s operations could have been tailored to draw on that sentiment — especially that “even the office supplies” at the end — but it’s interesting nonetheless.


Incidently, the Admiral Ingenohl mentioned would presumably be Gustav Heinrich Ernst Friedrich von Ingenohl:

The New Zealand Herald 1st Feb 1916

The New Zealand Herald
1st Feb 1916

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