The old general store used to carry just about everything, and often sold "open stock." Such was the case with cigarettes. A person could buy just one lone smoke or a whole fistful using this dispenser. The flip top allows easy loading through the lid; pull your cigarette from one of the side openings. The merchant easily tracks his inventory viewing the front slot. Made from finely grained hard wood fitted together neatly with finishing pins; warmly aged patina on the finish; ready to hang on the post for prominent and convenient display. It's a traditional dry goods store classic fixture. You won't see many of these! Dimensions: Overall 13 1/4 inches tall; 3 7/8 inches wide; 3 1/4 inches deep.
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