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  • Object:

    Knife

  • Place of origin:

    Bloxwich (made)

  • Date:

    1961 (designed)
    1966 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Robert Welch MBE, RDI (designer)
    Old Hall Tableware Ltd. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stainless steel 18/8, forged, welded and polished

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Old Hall Tableware Ltd.

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.20-1966

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Robert Welch (1929-2000) was trained at the Birmingham School of Art under Ralph Baxendale and Cyril Shiner. From 1952 to 1955 he was at the Royal College of Art, after which he was appointed as design consultant to J.J. Wiggin of Bloxwich, manufacturers of stainless steel tableware. Throughout his career he undertook many industrial design commissions (he designed the stainless steel tableware for the Orient liner Oriana) while continuing to practise as a silversmith.

Physical description

The blade with a straight upper edge, rounded tip and curved cutting edge attached to a handle with concave edges ending in a rounded tip. The handles are hollow with a concave section on both sides formed by pressing in two halves and argon welding them together. The blade which is hot forged from a bar of stainless steel, has a pronounced bolster which is also argon welded on to the handle.

Place of Origin

Bloxwich (made)

Date

1961 (designed)
1966 (made)

Artist/maker

Robert Welch MBE, RDI (designer)
Old Hall Tableware Ltd. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stainless steel 18/8, forged, welded and polished

Dimensions

Length: 8.8 in

Object history note

Design Centre Award, 1965. Following the Campden pattern of 1957, this was the second range of cutlery designed by Robert Welch to be made by Old Hall Tableware.

Descriptive line

Stainless steel, Bloxwich, 1965, made by Old Hall Tableware Ltd., designed by Robert Welch RDI, 1961

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Stainless steel tableware designed by Robert Welch, Bloxwich, Old Hall Tableware Ltd. 1963
Colin Forbes, ed. Robert Welch; design in a Cotswold workshop, London, Lund Humphries, 1973. pp.21-23. ill.
Welch, Robert, Hand and Machine, Mill Chipping Campden, 1986
Charlotte and Peter Fiell, Robert Welch Design Craft and Industry, London, Laurence King Publishing, 2015. pp.90-91. ill. ISBN. 9781780676050

Materials

Stainless steel, 18/8

Techniques

Forging; Welding; Polishing

Categories

Design Council Award Winner; Eating; Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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