From 1952 to 1955 he was at the Royal College of Art, after which he was appointed as design consultant to 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. 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. Robert Welch also designed a pack 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. Place of origin: Chipping Campden (designed). Robert Welch MBE, RDI (designer).
Materials and Techniques: Stainless steel, forged and polished. The item "OLD HALL Cutlery ALVESTON 4 Boxes Of 7 Piece Setting new-old stock Unused" is in sale since Sunday, November 1, 2020. This item is in the category "Home, Furniture & DIY\Cookware, Dining & Bar\Cutlery\Cutlery Sets & Canteens". The seller is "chez12000" and is located in Bromley. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Dominica, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, El salvador, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay, Cayman islands.