Each year Syria Temple produced a
glass to commemorate the Imperial Shrine Session that they were to attend.
These glasses were sold and traded much like today's baseball cards and pins and
were the most sought after collectibles at these conventions. Syria Temple
commissioned Westmoreland and United States Glass Co. to produce a different glass each year with
a "theme" suited to the city that they were visiting. The year
this gold handled cup was made, 1895, the Imperial Council Session was held in Nantasket Beach, Mass. at the Rockland House on September 2nd. These early Syria Temple glasses are rare due to their extremely
delicate condition. These are hand-blown thin-walled glasses and not
the thicker molded glasses that were made in later years. They were also
not made in the same quantities.