1901 Syria Temple Glass
Kansas City, Mo.
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 todays baseball cards and pins and were the most sought after collectibles at these conventions. Syria Temple commissioned Westmoreland Glass Co. to produce a different glass each year with a "theme" suited to the city that they were visiting. The year this glass was made, 1901, the Imperial Council Session was held in Kansas City, Mo. so they chose for their theme a picture of the shrine emblem on the front and a grasshopper on the back (probably symbolic of the Syria Shriners swarming like locusts into town). This cup stands 3 1/2 inches tall. 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.
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