Dougherty's Private Stock Pure Rye Whiskey

Dougherty's Pure Rye Whiskey was manufactured by John A. Dougherty & Son of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 1849. In 1866 John A. Dougherty died and the company was renamed to J. A. Dougherty’s & Sons. The family company found great success, but divested their interest during the Prohibition years when the Dougherty Distillery & Warehouse Company, Inc. sold whiskey for medicinal use. The “for medicinal use” and Dougherty Distillery & Warehouse Company, Inc. labels date this bottle of whiskey to the Prohibition years between 1920 and 1933. The label on the back of the bottle reads "Rx Spiritus Frumenti," the official medicinal name for whiskey, and "For medicinal purposes only. Sale or use for other purposes will cause heavy penalties to be inflicted."
Object Name
medicinal alcohol, whiskey
date made
Dougherty Distillery and Warehouse Company, Inc.
Physical Description
glass (container material)
aluminum (container material)
paper (container material)
alcohol (product active ingredients)
overall: 8.6 cm x 9.7 cm x 4.8 cm; 3 3/8 in x 3 13/16 in x 1 7/8 in
overall: 8 5/8 in x 4 in x 1 7/8 in; 21.9075 cm x 10.16 cm x 4.7625 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Health & Medicine
American Enterprise
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American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

2/7/2017 9:06:53 PM
tom porter
My Name is Tom Porter my mother and father gave me a bottle of this about 15 years ago when I opened a liquor store its still in the paper box that it came in, we try no to handle it . Someone found a case of it in a old church wall in the 60s in new jersey and gave them a bottle and they passed it on to me I keep it in a dark cabinet, is there anything else I can do to preserve the paper box thank you Tom
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