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Nigel Benson - 20th Century Glass

Welcome to 20th Century Glass. NOTE: This site is going to be re-named "Nigel Benson Glass" in the near future to avoid confusion with other sites.

Nigel Benson is a knowledgable and respected dealer, published author and collector, who set up his dealership as 20th Century Glass in June 1986, having been a collector of glass for some eleven years before. Details of publications and articles he has been involved in writing or consulting on can also be found using the menu bar on the left.

In addition to acting as glass specialist to a terrestially based internet auction house, working as 20th Century Glass, Nigel Benson also provides consultancy for publications as well as articles and ideas for many leading antique magazines. He also gives lectures on many aspects of collecting glass, mainly connected with his passion, British glass but also on continental and Scandinavian glass mainly from the post war era.

The website has currently been designed as an information site to both help and stimulate visitors as well as to act as a shop window for our business of buying and selling quality glass. If you collect, or are interested in, any of the manufacturers or designers shown, or mentioned, on these pages please do not hestitate to get in touch with us - see the underlined 'email' buttons located at the bottom of every page or below the illustration blocks on the right, thanks. 

For more about Nigel, his beginnings as a collector and dealer and his thoughts on collecting, please see

Nigel Benson exhibits his glass , under the name 20th Century Glass, at all the major glass fairs held in the UK and deals directly with both private collectors and many museums.
We are always pleased to purchase items, or collections, but regret we cannot give valuations or opinions over the internet. 



Recent news indicates that there have been positive moves by Dudley Borough Council to work with the BGF to form a Trust to run the proposed new glass museum on the White House site (opposite The Red House). Much of the detail is still, understandably, not available, however poroposed plans for the site have now been published and can be seen through the local press.

There is an ad hoc newsletter, called Glass Cuts, written by one of the Trustees, Graham Fisher, that is available through the BGF. If you wish to receive it please contact the BGF by copying and pasting their email address -bgf@britishglassfoundation.org.uk.

Many thanks for your interest and for continued support for this very important project for the world of glass, and, for the locality in which it is housed.

Kind wishes, Nigel



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Nigel Benson established 20th Century Glass in 1986 and has no connection with any other internet based company using the same name.

Examples of the sort of stock for sale by Nigel Benson. We hold far more stock than shown. If you are looking for anything specific under British, Continental, or Scandinavian glass, please email

Rare James Powell 'Blue Opal' vase with hollow ribbed knop stem, c1880 to be at Cambridge Glass Fair

Extremely rare Powell wrought iron tantalus with matching green decanters - one of only two known

Monart shape IG bowl in a rare colour way, c1930 will be at The Cambridge Glass Fair 22 Sept 13

Extremely rare Webb Corbett centre piece from 'Plum' series, c1930 - Cambridge Glass Fair 22 Sept 13

Limited edition decatner designed by the cartoonist Val Biro and engraved by Peter Dreiser c1974

Rare Powell Sea Green footed bowl with turnover rim to foot, c1931

Limited edition Investiture vase designed by David Hammond, engraved by CP Kimberley for Thos Webb

Gray-Stan glass, Battersea, England 1926-36 - at The Cambridge Glass Fair

Superb step cut decanter designed by Keith Murray, about 1935 - at CGF 22 Sept 13

Amberina vases by Jan Gabrehl for Czech firm Chlum u Trebone, c1962

Whitefriars 'Bamboo' vase by G Baxter, c1967 - Cambridge Glass Fair, 22 Sept 13

© Pictures and text - Nigel Benson - 20th Century Glass, 2008-2012

e-mail: 20th Century Glass

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