1908 Syria Temple "Sheaf of Wheat"

Toothpick - Original

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 holder was made, 1908, the Imperial Session was held in St. Paul, Minnesota.  This toothpick holder was designed in the "Sheaf of Wheat" style as Minnesota was the wheat growing capitol of America at that time.  This toothpick barrel, made in cranberry glass is an original made by the United States Glass Co.  It is hand-painted in gold and measures 2 1/8 inches tall.

 

         

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