The Hobart nutcracker is an original Robert Welch design, from his 1964 Campden Designs range of cast iron pieces. A sturdy design with an unusual screw mechanism, this takes all the effort out of cracking nuts.
The cast iron range helped Robert break into new markets and sold internationally in large quantities. The tazza-shaped fruit bowl was especially well received in Denmark. Images of these had featured in the Decorative Art Yearbook 1964 and not long afterwards a letter arrived from design retailer Hagbarth Skjalm Petersen, who ordered two dozen for his shop in Copenhagen - Skjalm and Robert became, and remained close friends.
Learn more about the story of our cast iron collection: Hobart at Sixty: A Design Cast in Iron.
The candlestick and nutcracker were eventually renamed ‘Hobart’ when relaunched in the 1990s, after a small break in production, as a tribute to Skjalm whose first name was pronounced similarly.
Made from high quality cast iron with a matt black finish.
Care & Need to Know
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Design Story: Cast Iron
Robert Welch started working with cast iron in the early 1960s. He was approached by a Midlands firm and asked if he would prepare designs for them to cast. It wasn’t a very successful project but, as a result of his interest in the material, Robert wondered if cast iron could be used to make decorative items, such as candlesticks. The candlestick design he produced paved the way for a range which became one of the runaway successes of his career, helping him to break into new markets. His iconic cast iron designs sold internationally in large quantities, and remain very collectable.