Roped Squares – Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters

Roped Squares Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters

15 November 2011 (R•020714 Copper Puce Example) (R•030714 – Labeled example added) (R•031215 Black Example)

Apple-Touch-IconAThough not quite as ornate as the similar National Tonic Bitters or Russian Imperial Tonic Bitters, the Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters is a favorite with bitters collectors simply because of the name, strength of bottle design, mold variations and glass color variety. You will not find the stunning color range in the two (2) tonic bitters previously reviewed. There are also labeled examples which, if I am not mistaken, are not known in the two tonic bitters either.

The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:

B 9  BAKER’S ORANGE GROVE BITTERS, Circa 1865 – 1875
C. & J. F. Baker & Co. 107 Commercial St. Boston, Mass.
9 1/2 x 3 x (7)
Square, Amber, yellow and puce, LTC, Applied mouth, Roped corners, Common.
Many molds were made for this popular brand, including plated ones.

Label, Front: This is a pleasant tonic, the ingredients are recommended by physicians in their every day practice. Its combination stands ahead of the world as a bitters.
Reverse: Statement that this brand has been analogized and is “free from deleterious substances” by S. Dane Hays, State Assayer, Mass. dated February 15, 1869.
Boston Directory, Business Directory etc: Indicates John and James were merchants in 1810. By 1840 their firm included Joseph. Cyrus joined Joseph 9 years later. They were mentioned as grocers and provisioners. They are listed as C. & J. Baker & Co., Grocers until 1895 when they were called ship chandlers.

Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters in Golden Yellow – Meyer Collection

Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters in Puce – Meyer Collection

Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters in Citron – Meyer Collection


Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters in a copper puce varying to lighter tones in the shoulders, fantastic crudity throughout and sparkling clean in attic condition. – North American Glass Auction (now Meyer Collection)

Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters (color variations) – Meyer Collection


“BAKER’S / ORANGE GROVE – BITTERS”, (Ring/Ham, B-9), Massachusetts, ca. 1865 – 1875, black amethyst, 9 1/2”h, smooth base, applied tapered collar mouth. Fine example having crude wavy glass, and a very crooked applied mouth. For those of you who are putting together a color run of Baker’s, here’s a chance to add one in an unrecorded color. – Glass Works Auctions

Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters – Anonymous Collection


Labeled Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters – ebay


Top foil embossing on above labeled Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters – ebay

Read: Roped Squares – National Tonic Bitters

Read: Roped Squares – Russian Imperial Tonic Bitters




De Kuyper’s Orange Bitters

Mack’s Orange Tonic Bitters – a sweet bitters from Orlando

California Aromatic Orange Bitters – San Francisco

Fine Aromatic Orange Stomach Bitters – Berry, Demoville & Co. – Nashville

The Color Orange in Antique Bottles & Glass

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About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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One Response to Roped Squares – Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters

  1. Froggy says:

    Great Bitters, the BAKER’S ORANGE GROVE. Many color variations, ornate, good availability and one doesn’t need to spend 5-figures…well maybe on the green one!

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