In the first photo from back in the late ’70s or early ’80s you can see this depression era clear glass water pitcher on the table in front of Rue and her son Mark. When she sold that California house, she moved this vintage treasure cross country and used it in her Manhattan apartment for years. As we’ve told you before, it didn’t matter to Rue how expensive or rare an item was, if it had a purpose, that’s what she was going to use it for, and so this piece was used by her for decades. There is the smallest chip on the edge of the base, but I’ll bet you can’t even find it in the picture I took of the bottom. This comes with a 4″ x 6″ print of Rue and her son with the pitcher, and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
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Featured ItemsRue's Peter Max Hat
Part of Rue’s job involved showing up at big network events, so she hit the red carpet for the CBS 75th Birthday Celebration held in New York City in the early 2000s. One of the gifts presented to the celebrities that attended was this special piece of memorabilia – a hat designed by the world-famous artist Peter Max. Rue’s Peter Max hat comes with prints of the photos posted – Rue with Peter Max in his studio, and one of her on the red carpet from the night of the party – and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375 NOW $187.50Rue's Fossil "Coasters" (*UPDATE)
Rue usually kept these flat fossils on her coffee table and used them as coasters. We don’t think they actually ARE coasters – we think they are rare, highly collectible FOSSILS! However, that is what Rue used them for; and we could be mistaken, maybe someone out there is selling fossils as sets of coasters(!). Certainly there are pictures in Rue’s archive that show these pieces on Rue’s coffee table – and probably with Rue in the shot, too – so we’ll look around and post any photos we can find later. Rue’s pair of fossil “coasters” measure about 4″ across each, and they will appear together on the same Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
*UPDATE – I found a photograph of Me and Rue gabbing in the living room and you can see both of these “coasters” on the coffee table. One is clearly showing and she has her water glass on the other.Window Valance and/or Scarf [SOLD]
Rue wore this as a scarf and kept it in the closet with her scarves, and yet when we were measuring it (2′ x a rather lengthy 10′) we couldn’t help but wonder if it was a swag window valance that she had yanked down and wore, just like Scarlet O’Hare in that one movie. So, we’re offering it as a combo Window Valance/Scarf and we’ll send it along with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$99 NOW $49.50Rue's Golden Cup and Saucer
Rue could be a glamour girl when she wanted to be, and when she wanted to be a glamour girl she would drink her tea or coffee out of this golden cup and saucer. Do you have certain pieces you use depending upon your mood? Well, Rue did. This piece measures 4.75″ across from the edge of handle to the opposite side cup lip, and 2.25″ high. The matching saucer is 5.75″ across. Rue’s golden cup and saucer comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$275Rue's Fabulous St. John Outfit from "Law & Order" [SOLD]
I was with Rue the day the wardrobe mistress from “Law & Order” took her shopping, and this outfit cost over $4,000! Can you imagine? Anyway, as per her contract, Rue always got to keep her costumes, and since she was playing a wealthy Park Avenue widow – who supposedly had an illegitimate son with President Kennedy – Rue steered the wardrobe mistress to the St. John Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue (she knew she wanted something she would wear again – smart Rue!). Here it is, four fabulous pieces. The pants and jacket are both size 14, the top is “L” and the studded, rhinestoned encrusted tie is 5.5″ long. Immediately after filming the episode, Rue wore the jacket and tie to the “Sordid Lives” release party – those pictures are of her with her co-stars and the series/movie creator. We realize that this is a pricier item on the site, but the reality is – even if it weren’t owned by Rue McClanahan – this outfit is a STEAL at twice the price!
$750 NOW $375Cheap Plastic Heart from a 1985 Hallmark Valentine's Day Card (With a Surprise!) [SOLD]
Rue hung onto this cheap plastic heart for over 25 years! It came inside of a Hallmark Valentine’s Day card and survived in her jewelry box from 1985 until her death in 2010. Here is the surprise. We were looking through old pictures and found a shot of her from Valentine’s Day in 1985 and look what is stuck on her sleeve. Can you believe it? We actually have a photograph of her wearing this thing! We’ll send this item with a 4″ x 6″ print of the picture and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue. This has to be the deal of the century!