Hobart Nutcracker Black
Hobart Nutcracker Black
Hobart Nutcracker Black - Boxed
Hobart Nutcracker Black
Hobart Nutcracker Black
Hobart Nutcracker Black - Boxed

Hobart Nutcracker Black

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An iconic design, the Hobart Nutcracker was designed by Robert Welch in 1964. The distinctive silhouette remains a striking reminder of the best of mid-century British design. Now part of our commemorative Legacy Collection, which includes other cast iron pieces designed from the sixties to the eighties.

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Design Notes

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.

Technical Information

Made from high quality cast iron with a matt black finish.


Height: 154mm

Width: 126mm

Length: 97mm

Care & Need to Know

To find out how to care for your Robert Welch Hobart nutcracker, please see our Homeware Product Care page.

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Design Story: Cast Iron

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.