Once again, the painstaking handwork devoted to everyday objects from yesteryear never ceases to amaze us! This charming wooden cigarette box from the 1940's was made in Occupied Japan. It features marquetry inlay all around, a rolling tambour top that, when pushed back via the small brass handle, opens a drawer and dispenses a cigarette which is then caught in the mouth of the carved dog's head above! Cute and ingenious at the same time! The top of the box is handpainted with flowers, and when the top is rolled back, the interior is also handpainted with a house scene--this rolls back so you can fill the dispenser. Please note that we borrowed and cut a filter cigarette to make sure everything works properly (it does!), but the box was originally designed to hold unfiltered cigarettes such as Camels or Lucky Strikes (filter cigarettes didn't come into use until the 1950's).
Overall dimensions (excluding the dog's head), are 4 1/8" x 3 7/8" x 2 7/8" high. The box is in excellent vintage condition and everything works as it should. Marked "Made in Occupied Japan" on the bottom. Free US shipping via US Priority Mail.