1910 Syria Temple Champagne Glass
New Orleans, La.
Each year Syria Shrine Temple produced a glass to commemorate the Imperial Council 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 champagne glass was made the Imperial Session was held in New Orleans, La. so the theme consisted of hand-painted alligators climbing up the stem on an iridescent bowl (at that time Louisiana was considered to be in the swamp) and a high-relief of King Neptune on the bowl (New Orleans was already famous as the Mardi Gras town). This glass stands 4 1/2 inches tall.
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