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Letters: What's my 1913 Dougherty rye worth?

Bill:
I have an unopened bottle of J A Dougherty and Sons Rye Whiskey from 1913. I was wondering if you knew what it was worth approximately? Thank you.

-- Judy Illingworth

Judy:

I'm not a whiskey evaluator, so I have to look at what others have been paying for the types of whiskies readers ask be about.

The last two bottles of 1913 whiskies made by the Pennsylvania distiller sold publicly were handled by the respected McTear auction house of Scotland for £110 each (that's about $216 U.S. each). They may not be exactly what you have, however. This is how they were described in the auction list:

• Dougherty's Private Stock - 18 Summers Old - 1913: Made Spring 1913, bottled Fall, 1923. Overprinted (1931). Rear label states Made Prior to Jan 17th 1920. Bottled in Bond by J A Dougherty’s Sons, Inc., Distillers, Distillery No. 2 P.A. Clear glass flask shaped bottle. Aluminium cap, printed paper seal. In original carton. Level: 6.5 cm from base of capsold for £110.

• Dougherty's Private Stock - 18 Summers Old - 1913: As above lot, paper seal torn, dates legible and intact. Level: 5.5cm from base of cap. Sold for £110.

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3 comments:

Judy Illingworth said...

Thank you so much for replying.

I do believe that is what I have. Thank you again.

-- Judy

Anonymous said...

Where would you suggest one would sell a J.A. Dougherty's Bottle of whiskey? (Pre- prohibition).

Anonymous said...

Where would you suggest one would sell a J.A. Dougherty's Bottle of whiskey? (Pre- prohibition).