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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Unusual item made of brass with a "lid" that can be lifted up. It doesn't actually come off. It is triangular in shape and is painted with what looks like some type of writing. It measures about 3 1/2' tall and is 4" long and 3 1/2" wide. I picked it up at a thrift shop, so I don't know anything at all about it. The top looks like a cigarette would fit in it. Any help is greatly appreciated!


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    1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 7 years ago
      i think that this is a cigarette dispenser.
    2. Celiene Celiene, 7 years ago
      That is Arabic script. It is NOT a cigarette dispenser.
    3. Celiene Celiene, 7 years ago
      I just realized there is no religion categories here! Like Judaica or Islamica. Which is CRAZY! Christian & Catholic items can easily fit into other categories, but other religions are CULTURALLY entwined with their religions.

      Your piece is Islamic - but I have no idea the significance of the item, or what it is used for . It would be GREAT of there were a RELIGIOS arifacts category, then a breakdown for Judaica (Jewish artifacts) and Islamica (Muslim artifacts) Arabic artifacts etc.

      There is an entire ASIAN category, but the entire Middle East is ignored. I sent an email asking for a Religious category.
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Smoking is 'haram' .... but I am looking at the object and it seems very similar to the wooden versions you see that mysteriously dispense a cigarette .... I'm just looking for an alternative function. I'm wondering what the Arabic text says ???
    5. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Agree with cultcha-- it is a cigarette dispense.

      Decorative arabic writing is often found on utilitarian objects. Similar work with a brass base and small threads of copper and silver is found on early 20th century trench art objects.

      Here is an example of a trench art humidor:

      I don't see anything to suggest that this piece is trench art. The trench art is just presented to show similar work on utilitarian pieces.


    6. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Here is a wood example from the same region:

    7. SpiritBear, 7 years ago
      Well, how do they dispense? :/

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