A short time ago, I picked up this vintage Japanese cigarette dispenser for our store. A bit different than other versions I have owned, I found this one to be interesting as it also played music! When wound up and the button is depressed the music begins and a dog’s head elevates to present a cigarette to the owner. This particular piece plays a familiar song but I am embarrassed to say that I cannot name it.
From the information I could find, this box was made sometime in the 1950’s but do not know the exact year. It is stamped “Japan” on the bottom beside the winding mechanism. Two flaps are on top of this box, one for the dog to pop up and the other to reload the cigarettes. Not being a smoker, I find this to be quite novel as it has a hand painted picture of a cigarette on the front. I have not tied in the meaning of the bookcase however, other than to think they were usually placed on the owner’s desk maybe positioned in the family room.
The cigarette dispenser measures approximately 4.5 x 4.5 x 4.25 inches and does have a few dings but is otherwise in pretty good condition. Like others I have seen, it does stick when retracting and needs some adjustment but in my opinion is well worth the money! This piece is available for sale on our Vintage Puzzle Box Page.