1898 Syria Temple Glass - Dallas, Tx.

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.  In the later years, Syria Temple commissioned the Westmoreland Glass Co. and United States Glass Co. to produce a different glass each year with a "theme" suited to the city that they were visiting.  This glass was designed for the Imperial Session in Dallas, Texas in June, 1898.  A Syria Shriner is pictured riding a Bull on the back with the quote "Steering across the hot sands."  The front bears the Syria Shrine Emblem on a frosted "Keystone" with "Constituted 1877" inside the Crescent Moon.   This glass stands 4 inches tall and has a gold plated rim.  It should be noted that the glasses made prior to 1900 were made in fewer numbers and also individually hand-blown instead of molded.  They were "thin walled" and very delicate and didn't stand the test of time very well.  




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