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Antique French St. Hubert Quinquina Match Strike

Antique French St. Hubert Quinquina Match Strike

$250.00

A clever and handsome find from the markets of France, this Antique Matchstrike once served as a promotional piece provided to bistros and cafés by the St. Hubert company.

Produced in the town of Monistrol sur Loire, France, St. Hubert was one of many aperitifs created during the late 1800s, containing the medicinal elixir quinine. 

Glazed a rich, dark teal color with 'St Hubert' and 'Quinquina' in raised white enamel lettering, the match strike is also decorated with gold script and gold trim.

Light a match in true fashion and ease by simply striking a strike anywhere match along the unglazed ridged center to ignite the flame. This practical find will serve you well and store your every match in elegant style. Strike anywhere matches not included.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale.  In good antique condition. 2 5/8"H x 4 1/2"D.

Learn More About Quinquina

In the early-1800s, with the discovery of the medical benefits of quinine (in French, Quinquina), numerous tonics, potions and beverages containing quinine swept Western Europe. Quinine was found to cure malaria and the cinchona bark which was used to make quinine quickly became the most valuable commodity shipped from South America to Europe.  As the bark was extremely bitter, it was originally mixed with sugar water to make it palatable. This sweetened mixture would eventually become tonic water.  

In addition, countless brands of aperitifs, including St. Hubert, containing quinine appeared beginning in the mid-1800s through the early 20th century. 

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