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Rector's 1899 Ashtray

Rector's 1899 Ashtray

$145.00

Charles Rector, who had already launched a successful seafood restaurant in Chicago,opened a second Rector’s in New York City in 1899, a time of high living and big spenders. The Gay Nineties society of financiers, singers, dancers, actors and gamblers included men with fat rolls of money in their pockets who strutted around, tipped lavishly and put on a big show. They were-self made millionaires without manners. Their goal was to be seen, and Rector’s on Broadway, in the heart of the theater district, quickly became the place to do it.

Diamond Jim Brady ate here. Because of his legendary appetite, the restaurants competed for his patronage. The menu for his before theater dinner began with three dozen oysters, followed by a dozen hard shelled crabs, then six fresh lobsters (a Rector’s specialty) a steak, and for dessert—pastries—not one or two, but the entire contents of the tray. Along with the food, he drank carafe after carafe of orange juice—he did not drink intoxicating beverages.

Rector’s is long gone, but we've rescued a rare, circa 1940s Rector's ashtray, preserving a bitof history from a legendary New York City restaurant.

Rector's 1899 Ashtray
Item #02344

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