1904 Syria Temple Cup w/ Fish Handle
Atlantic City, N.J.
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. and United States Glass Company to produce a different glass each year with a "theme" suited to the city that they were visiting. The year this cup was made, 1904, the Imperial Session was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey on July 13. It is decorated with a mermaid holding the Shrine emblem on one side as Atlantic City was known as a Beach Resort and the opposite side was decorated with a famous America’s Cup race from 1903 between the Reliance and Shamrock III. Reliance was the defending champion from the New York Yacht Club and Shamrock III was from the Royal Ulster Yacht Club. The race took place in New York Harbor in 1903 and Reliance won the first three of five races to win the championship. It is one of the most famous America’s Cup races ever. Those are gaff rigged sloops... the Reliance being larger and heavier at 144 ft. It stands 3 1/4 inches tall.
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