Cigarette butler

I have an antique red cigarette butler that has sentimental value. I need ideas on how to use it other than just sitting there lol. THANKS! The lid does not come off, or stay open on its own.
  11 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 27, 2015
    Is there a way you can send a photo?
  • Gino Lewis Gino Lewis on Nov 27, 2015
    I'm sitting here intrigued by the " cigarette butler" please include a pic.
  • Ta Ta on Nov 27, 2015
    turn it on its side, and use as a picture frame/ shadowbox
  • Susan Bechamp Susan Bechamp on Nov 27, 2015
    Cigarette butlers were designed to hold and dispense cigarettes. The lid might be weighted to a spring loaded counter-weight that would lift the cigarettes to the top of the case when the lid is raised. Could you clean it up and use it to dispense other items? If the dispensing function can't be fixed, use it just as a container meant for storage of small treasures. Keep it on your desk, store your flash drives inside. Convert it to a piggy bank, or store spare set of keys. What items will fit inside and be useful to you?
  • DJ DJ on Nov 28, 2015
    Are you talking a round, square, figure or some kind...little more info
  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Nov 28, 2015
    Since it's an antique. I'd buy a shadowbox & hang it on the wall for a display. Anytime you upcycle an antique, it looses its value. If it's anything like the pic below, it's valued at around $35.oo as an antique. I'd treasure it instead. :)
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Nov 28, 2015
    I see EBay in your/its future....
  • Anne Anne on Nov 28, 2015
    If it's anything like the above pictured one, I would suggest a toothpick holder for the dinner table or a mints holder. In the bathroom/dressing table it looks like it could hold bobby pins. I think it would best be used to reflect a memory of it's original owner. My grandmother was a smoker and didn't have one of these but if she had and I had the opportunity to acquire it, I would use it as a needle and thread holder since she was also a needlepointer/cross stitcher. It would combine a memory for me of her and turn it back to a utilitarian item :)
  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Nov 28, 2015
    All the suggestions are good. If you wanted to use it for seasonal faux flowers, you could prop the lid open with a small dowel and the flowers would cover it. I hope these all helped.
  • Bonnie D Bonnie D on Nov 28, 2015
    Hang it on the wall in an arrangement with other interesting items and/or plates.
  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Dec 04, 2015
    take some books and stage them on a table and put the item on top of it