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Antique Quinquina Rouge Royal Match Strike

Antique Quinquina Rouge Royal Match Strike

$250.00

A clever and practical find from the markets of France, this Antique Match Strike once served as a promotional piece provided to bistros and cafés.

Produced for the Quinquina Rouge Royal aperitif brand, this rare match strike will serve you well and store your every match in elegant vintage style. Light a match with ease by simply striking a strike anywhere match along the unglazed ridged center.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good antique condition. Strike anywhere matches included. 4 1/2" x 4 1/8".

Learn More About Quinquina Rouge Royal

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 that also contained quinine appeared beginning in the mid-1800s through the early 20th century. Developed by the French liqueuriste, Henri David located in the city of Le Mans, Quinquina Rouge Royal was just one such aperitif brand that capitalized on the quinine craze, adding a small amount of quinine to their raspberry liqueur.

 

 

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