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Ovoferrin was a tonic originally produced in the United States by A.C. Barnes Company[1] of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[2] and later by Zonite Products Corporation, which acquired A.C. Barnes Company in 1929.[1] The product grossed approximately $400,000 annually in 1929.[2] Both Ovoferrin and Argyrol continued to be exclusively manufactured by A.C. Barnes Company, which became a subsidiary of Zonite Products Corporation. On January 2, 1946 Ovoferrin and Argyrol were assigned to Erwin, Wasey & Company, a New York based advertising agency.[3]

Chemical composition[edit]

Ovoferrin's manufacturer described its makeup as being neutral in reaction. A tablespoon was stated to be equivalent to a single grain of elementary iron. When potassium ferrocyanide is added to Ovorferrin no change is observed. However the addition of hydrochloric acid to Ovoferrin produces a well-known color and precipitate of Prussian blue. This indicates that hydrochloric acid changes Ovoferrin, producing an inorganic iron.[4]


  1. ^ a b Inquiring Investor, Wall Street Journal, November 29, 1930, pg. 11.
  2. ^ a b Zonite Capital Plan Approved, Wall Street Journal, July 12, 1929, pg. 9.
  3. ^ Advertising News and Notes, New York Times, October 10, 1945, pg. 25.
  4. ^ American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record, American Druggist Publishing Company, 1904, pg. 171.