Rue’s Manhattan Apartment

Part of Rue's Basket Collection [SOLD]

Rue had a lot of parties and she liked to use baskets on her buffet to feed her guests – well, she actually put stuff IN the baskets to feed us. This group includes seven of Rue’s baskets: a 15.5″ round tray type piece; two 19″ long by 15″ wide bins, they are...

Three Vintage Barvarian Hand-Painted Pin Plates from Rue's Collection [SOLD]

Rue collected hand-painted Barvarian pin plates. Why? You ask. We have no idea. But, we do know she loved the hand-painted flowers and designs, and we know she used them for all sorts of purposes, not just to hold pins – if that is even what a pin plate is for. Anyway, these three...

Rue's AMBER Depression Era Serving Platter [SOLD]

Here is the second in Rue’s collection of four Depression Era serving platters; this one is amber. The piece is an oval shape with great design around the edge. It is covered with an etched pattern and is in excellent condition. It measures 11.5″ long and 8.5″ across. ...

Beautifully Designed Depression Era Green Plate [SOLD]

We all love the lines of this plate. Something about those molded designs remind us of flowers. Rue was helpless when she came across a piece that had painted flowers or even the line and shape of a flower – she had to have it. This Depression Era green glass plate is in excellent...

A Pair of Rue's Vintage Plates [SOLD]

Here are a matching pair of Rue’s Depression Era green glass plates. These plates have a geometric design that does wonderful things to light. The plates are 6″ across, so they are more for salads or sides than entrees. Remember, Rue believed in using her vintage pieces, no matter...

Pale Green Vase [SOLD]

This beautiful, pale green vase measures 4″ tall by about 2.5″ wide. It is signed by the artist, and that appears to be a person by the name of “Sally.” Rue did know a “Sally,” and she sold seashells down by the seashore – Rue told us that fact over...

Rue's German Handled Plate [SOLD]

This hand-painted plate was made in Germany way back in the day. It is a numbered piece – Number 189 of 6702 made – and we wonder how many of these still exist today? Wouldn’t it be interesting to know the story of how each was lost or destroyed over the years and exactly how...

Pair of Colorful Candlesticks [SOLD]

Aren’t these cool? Rue used them in her Manhattan apartment. They are 5″ high with a base that is 2.5″ across, and they are heavy, too. They aren’t ceramic, we think they might be some sort of a soap stone or something like that. Maybe plaster, but they feel too...

One of Rue's Favorite Mugs With Some of Her Whack-a-Doodle Products [SOLD]

When we write that this was one of Rue’s favorite mugs, we aren’t kidding. Rue had dozens of tea and coffee cups and she would use this one over and over. Can you figure out why she identified with it? We actually found a photo, toward the end of her life, with her holding it in...

Rue's Vintage Hand-Painted French Teacup and Saucer [SOLD]

Can you believe we actually found a photo of Rue with this teacup? If you look in the hutch behind her in the photo, you can clearly see the green tint of this vintage piece in the second cup back all the way to the right – ha! Rue loved these delicate hand-painted pieces, and she used...

Some of Rue's Baking and Serving Tools [SOLD]

Rue loved to bake, and she was good at it, too. Her sister Melinda still sends a box of homemade goodies during the holidays and everyone in the office pounces on it like a pack of wolves! Here are some of the tools Rue used in her baking and serving, along with a unique package of rolling pin...

Vintage Porcelain Perfume Bottle From Rue's Collection [SOLD]

This is one of the biggest perfume bottles in Rue’s collection, it stands 8.25″ high, is 4.25″ wide, and 1.75″ thick. The vintage hand-painted piece is in great condition because Rue kept it on one of the glass shelves in her bathroom, where she kept other precious...

Rue's Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker [SOLD]

We always make Rue seem like a complete slusho whenever we sell anything off her liquor cart, but what can we say? The girl liked to have a cocktail now and then. Trust us, she was no Bea Arthur, but Rue could drink. There were two stainless steel cocktail shakers that sat on Rue’s bar...

Pair (Sort of) of Rue's Vintage Goblets and a Babbling Story

This won’t even make sense, probably, but here goes. Okay, you see the first picture of Rue and me? That was taken the first day we worked together; obviously, we got along well from the very beginning. (By the way, how about my crummy Photoshop job cutting one of her husbands out of...

Rue's Ruby Edged Cake Plate [SOLD]

As you are well aware by this point, Rue baked a lot. Often when you’d arrive at her house this plate, or another pink one, would be covered with one of Rue’s orange poppy seed cakes or some of her delicious muffins; the “muffins” were actually cupcakes because of the...

Rue's Ruby Edged Candy Dish [SOLD]

We were able to find Rue’s candy dish that matches the ruby edged cake plate posted above, but we don’t know where the other matching piece – the “lone goblet” – could be. It will turn up, everything always does. This pedestal candy dish is, obviously, the...

Rue's Depression Era Pink Glass Teacup and Saucer [SOLD]

As you can see in the original inventory shot and the shot of just Rue’s pink Depression Era Glassware, the girl liked to buy this vintage colored glass. Rue liked to use the pieces, too, and she used this matching cup and saucer for tea. Sometimes Rue drank coffee and sometimes she...

Rue's Oven Mitts and Paper Towel Holder [SOLD]

Here are a couple of unexpected items, eh? What else can we do with them? We’re certainly not going to throw anything out, so everything will end up on here sooner or later, no matter how bizarre it may seem. As you can see in the photo of the kitchen in Rue’s Manhattan apartment...

Rue's OJ Pitcher (Okay, Mimosa Pitcher!) [SOLD]

Here is Rue McClanahan’s pressed glass OJ pitcher. Yes, she did, on occasion, also use this pitcher for mimosa’s – that occasion being weekends – and once we recall some margarita’s coming out of this thing, but USUALLY it was just OJ and it sat on the top shelf in...

It's a Secret [SOLD]

We’ve mentioned this before – again, please don’t tell anyone – but Rue smoked cigarettes. She absolutely hated the fact, and she tried everything to quit, but she was hooked from back in the day when everyone smoked and thought nothing about it. We believe it shaved a...

Rue's Wooden Magazine Rack [SOLD]

Rue kept this 20″ high x 12.75″ wide wooden magazine rack right next to her desk. It is 10″ deep and can hold a lot of stuff. She used it to hold books, magazines, file folders of things she was working on, and she even sorted mail in it. Because of the way it is designed,...

Rue's Box

This box is part of the reason we all loved Rue. Let me explain: it isn’t that it is old and very interesting; and it isn’t that the 5″ x 3″ treasure is obviously handmade, or that it is lined with mirrors; and it isn’t that she probably bought it while she was...

Rue's Set of Six Cocktail Party Plates [SOLD]

This set of six plates was made by the French company Philipe Deshoulieres, and they have been making plates since the early 1800s. If we’re not mistaken, they are the biggest china company in France. As you probably already know, Rue liked to have parties, so she had a lot of these...

Royal Coburg Bowl from Germany [SOLD]

Did you know Rue majored in German in college? She was fluent, and she loved visiting the Country, too. In fact, she drove a Mercedes, used German appliances in her kitchen, and bought a lot of other Germany made products. This particular bowl was purchased during a trip to Germany for a...

Rue's Prussian-Era Flowered Bowl

This bowl is a Prussian-Era piece that is absolutely beautiful. It is even larger than Rue’s “Royal Coburg” German bowl posted above – it measures 11″ wide by about 3″ high – and the hand-painted detail is stunning! The simple stamp on the bottom reads...

One of Rue's Vintage English China Cups and Saucers [SOLD]

Rue and her tea! She’d go in stages; it would be coffee, coffee, coffee, and then nothing but tea. Rue loved these delicate, hand-painted cups and saucers she’d collected over the years. One side of this cup is simple, with a single rose, but the other side has a whole bunch. It...

Rue's Set of Four Vintage Pressed Glass Canape Plates [SOLD]

With the holidays upon us, we figured we ought to post some more of Rue’s pieces she used when she entertained – which she liked to do, often. This set of four pressed glass plates have a very intricate design. The plates measure 6″ across, they are in great condition, and...

Rue's Tiffany & Co. Crystal Champagne Flutes [SOLD]

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, but anytime is a good time to drink champagne out of Tiffany & Co. crystal flutes. Rue’s pair of 8.5″ tall glasses are etched crystal and marked with “Tiffany & Co.” on the bottom. You can actually see one of...

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