baker’s orange grove bitters

Provenance: Ferdinand Meyer V Collection

The Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters is a favorite with bitters collectors simply because of the name, where it is from, the strength of the bottle design, mold variations, and glass color variety. You will find a stunning color range with these bottles.

The Boston Business Directory indicates that John and James Baker were merchants in 1810. By 1840, their firm included Joseph Baker.

In 1865, the Boston City Directory lists a Cyrus Baker, Peter Baker Jr., Erastus Baker, and Joseph F. Baker as grocers located at 107 Commercial Street in Boston, Massachusetts. By 1870, Peter Jr. is no longer listed as a grocer. Cyrus, Erastus, and Joseph are still listed as grocers at the same address. They probably made their bitters during this period.

In 1885, the Bakers are listed as ship chandlers with Joseph F. Baker (C. & J. F. Baker) along with Mrs. Josiah Baker as a clerk. They are again located at 107 Commercial Street.

There are also labeled examples of Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters.

Label, Front: This is a pleasant tonic, the ingredients are recommended by physicians in their everyday practice. Its combination stands ahead of the world as a bitters.

Label, 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.

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

B 49 BAKER’S / ORANGE GROVE // f // BITTERS // f //
C. & J. F. Baker & Co. 107 Commercial St. Boston, Mass.
9 ½ x 3 x (7)
Square, Amber, common; Yellow, Citron, Puce, Black glass, Green, LTC, Applied mouth, Roped corners
Many molds were made for this popular brand, including plated ones.

Read More: Roped Squares – Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters

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