Vintage Cigarette Dispenser

by Mike on April 22, 2011

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.

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Marisa rolfe July 17, 2017 at 11:14 am

Are you selling the cigarette box? How much?


Mike July 20, 2017 at 2:02 pm

I am sorry but this item is sold out.


Gina November 16, 2016 at 11:30 am

My grandparents had this cigarette dispenser when I was little. Sadly, it disappeared after my grandmother’s passing. I remember the song vividly. It was Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.


PATRICIA MANN December 1, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I am requesting what price you are asking for the cigarette box that has the books on the front, and the dog comes up to dispense the cigarette.
In 1973 my late mother purchased this for me at an auction for one of my birthdays. I learned that the music it played was a type of anniversary song.
In 2005 I lost my home to foreclosure here in Oregon, due to my husbands health issues we were not able to retrieve all of our belongings ourselves, and depended on others to help us.
Well, long story shortened…….a lot of my memorable items came up missing, one of the biggest heart breaks was loosing this box.
I have to save to buy it from you, but if you are willing to hold this for me I would promise to purchase it. I miss that box so much.
Oh, the research my late Mother did on this years ago ….the box was set in an office or den area ……..a mans gift.
Please contact me ASAP.
Thank You kindly
Patti Mann


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