1905 Syria Temple Toothpick Barrel 

Cobalt Blue - Original

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Each year Syria Temple produced novelty glass items to commemorate the Imperial Shrine Session that they were to attend.  These glass items 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 toothpick barrel was made, 1905, the Imperial Session was held in Niagara Falls, New York.  The barrel was used because early attempts had already been made by people to go over Niagara Falls in Barrels.  This toothpick barrel done in cobalt blue is an original made by the Westmoreland Glass Co.  It is hand-painted in gold and measures 2 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

 

         

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