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  • Object:

    Tea service

  • Place of origin:

    Chipping Campden (designed)
    Bloxwich (made)

  • Date:

    1978 (made)
    1961-1964 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Robert Welch MBE, RDI (designer)
    J. & J. Wiggin Ltd. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stainless steel, stamped, welded and polished

  • Museum number:


  • 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

Tea service consisting of a teapot, hotwater jug, milk jug and sugar bowl in brightly polished, stainless steel.

Place of Origin

Chipping Campden (designed)
Bloxwich (made)


1978 (made)
1961-1964 (designed)


Robert Welch MBE, RDI (designer)
J. & J. Wiggin Ltd. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stainless steel, stamped, welded and polished

Marks and inscriptions

Stamped on the base: OLD HALL for Old Hall Tableware Ltd.
The brand name for stainless steel tableware produced by J.J. Wiggin Ltd.


Height: 13 cm Teapot, Width: 21 cm Teapot maximum, Height: 15 cm Hotwater jug, Width: 15 cm Hotwater jug maximum, Height: 8.5 cm Milk jug, Width: 12 cm Milk jug maximum, Height: 6.0 cm Sugar bowl, Diameter: 8.5 cm Sugar bowl

Descriptive line

Stainless steel, Bloxwich, made by J.J. Wiggin Ltd., (Old Hall Tableware), 1978, designed by Robert Welch RDI.

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

Charlotte and Peter Fiell, Robert Welch Design Craft and Industry, London, Laurence King Publishing, 2015. pp.92-93. ill. ISBN. 9781780676050


Stainless steel


Stamping; Welding; Lost-wax process; Polishing


Drinking; Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares

Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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