The sale in New York featured six rare examples which each achieved impressive six-figure results.
|Antique Henry Mckenna Bourbon is a type of bourbon whisky that is produced by Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc., based in Bardstown, Kentucky.
History & Description
Henry McKenna bourbon is a type of bourbon whiskey that is produced by Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc., based in Bardstown, Kentucky.
In 1837, Henry McKenna emigrated from Ireland to the United States and brought with him his family’s whiskey recipe. Having settled in Fairfield, Kentucky, McKenna established a factory in 1855 and began distributing bourbon whiskey throughout the southern states.
McKenna improved on his original recipe by adapting his techniques to the local Kentucky grains, especially corn, and he soon began producing what is now known as Kentucky’s Finest Table Whiskey.
Guide for collectors
While not as famous as other American bourbon manufacturers, Henry McKenna bourbon bottles are still highly prized among whiskey related collectors. However, instances of antique Henry McKenna bourbon whiskey bottles are extremely rare at auction.
Antique Henry McKenna bourbon whiskey bottles are also sold on internet bidding sites, such as eBay. In April 2012, eBay advertised a number of examples of Henry McKenna bourbon bottles and prices ranged between $5 and $45.
Henry McKenna bourbon bottles are relatively inexpensive products and prices very rarely exceed $50.
Henry McKenna bourbon bottles are typically made from stoneware or crock pottery and are characterised by a blue floral design and typeface over a white background. Most feature two small handles at the top of the jug near to a small "sipping hole", however, examples with only one handle are particularly sought after by collectors.
Notable auction sales
On February 24th 2008 at Desert West Auction Service in Mibres, New Mexico, a Henry McKenna stoneware bourbon whiskey jug, circa 1972, realised a price of $40.
On January 21st 2012 at Specialists of the South, Inc. in Panama City, Florida, a Henry McKenna bourbon whiskey crock jug realised a price of $60.
On April 8th 2012, a Henry McKenna pottery bourbon jug, circa 1975, was sold on eBay for a realised price of $14.99.
On April 5th 2012, a Henry McKenna Sour Mash bourbon jug, circa 1975, was sold on eBay for a realised price of $23.33.
On March 23rd 2012, a Henry McKenna Sour Mash bourbon jug, circa 1972, was sold on eBay for a realised price of $45.
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