The beauty of white.
The white 555 English Hobnail pattern was manufactured between 1920-1984 by the Westmoreland Glass Company,one of the finest makers of translucent milk glass.
These five beautiful water goblets have four part mold seams that are polished to a smooth, flawless, and silky feel. A graduated textured hobnail design wraps tightly at the top of the stem and, with precision, expands upward to slowly morph into four intricate dots at the point of each diamond shaped hobnail.
While the round base does not have a "W" or "WG" mark on the underside it is known that some Westmoreland glass pieces were identified with paper labels or with no mark at all.
These glasses are dated to have been made before 1950 for two reasons:
1) All have the "ring of fire", a halo of red or rainbow colors which is seen around the rim edge when the glass is held to sunlight. Pre-1950 milk glass contained iridized salts, resulting in the colorful ring.
2) Four of the glasses contain a flow line, seen in the interior when the glass is held to the light. This is not a crack in the glass, but an imperfection from early manufacturing practices.
Note: Also, when washing milk glass avoid hot water or exposure to high temperature.
Origin: Westmoreland, USA, Pre-1950; Pre-owned
Dimensions: English Hobnail: 6 1/8"H x 3 1/4"W
Condition: One Westmoreland goblet has what appears to be a minor 1 inch fracture beneath the hobnail surface. You cannot feel it. Another goblet has a small ding where the top hobnail row meets the smooth upper band.