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  • Object:

    Knife (culinary tool)

  • Place of origin:

    Walsall (made)

  • Date:

    1965 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stainless steel

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Design Journal commented that:

`It was in August 1961 that Old Hall decided to add a range of high quality stainless steel cutlery to its products, commissioning Robert Welch to design it. Mr Welch decided to work within the classical Georgian idiom as he felt that the tendency during the past 10 years for short, stubby prongs on forks had gone far enough and that the length of cutlery should be increased rather than diminished, as is often the case today. He then made a number of prototypes in stainless steel and finally produced a place setting which was put out for user tests. The main characteristics of the set were that the table spoon had a deep and narrow bowl; the knife had a blade that was longer than is usual in stainless steel cutlery; the dinner forks had four prongs instead of three; and all the pieces had rounded ends to their shanks to fit comfortably into the palm of the hand, while all the forks had roots put into their prongs for easy cleaning. After a few modifications to these prototypes, notably to increase the thickness of the knife handle, another set was made in the designer's workshop from which the tools were cut.

Mr Welch also designed a pack, left, to hold one place setting, using a vacuum formed polystyrene mould for the cutlery and a transparent cover. The pack is therefore especially suitable for display purposes.'

Physical description

A range of stainless steel cutlery which contains a seven piece place setting and a number of other items.

Place of Origin

Walsall (made)


1965 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Stainless steel

Object history note

Historical significance: Winner of the Design Centre Award in 1965.

Descriptive line

Part of the 'Alveston' Cutlery set, stainless steel, made by Old Hall Tableware Ltd, Walsall, designed by Robert Welch, Design Centre Award, 1965.

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

Wiggen, Leslie. Design Centre Awards and The Duke of Edinburgh's Prize for Elegant Design, Design Journal , June 1965, no.198. p.53


Stainless steel




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

Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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