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William Phipps was born in 1936 and was apprenticed to church silversmith Michael Murray before opening his own workshop in Clerkenwell. He has made a speciality of hand-forged silver, a technique where, using a heavy hammer, the silver is hand-beaten into shape while hot. This traditional skill for producing cutlery is now rare, producing utensils which resonate with their human crafting. As a member of the Association of British Designer-Silversmiths he was asked, with 36 other silversmiths, to make the Millennium Canteen for Sheffield City Council and he produced a fine pair of fish knife and fork. Phipps has taught part-time at the Christopher Wren School and Camberwell College of Art, London and is a member of the Art Worker's Guild. He is a Freeman of both the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Silversmiths and his work can be seen at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Birmingham City Art Gallery; Gateshead Museum; Crafts Council Collection and at Goldsmith's Hall.

Personal statement: "All work is either hand-forged, in the case of cutlery, out of single solid pieces of bar, or else hand raised and planished as in the case of bowls and goblets etc."

William Phipps died in October 2009
 




Silver Spoon Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon
William Phipps
London 1978
Length: 14.5 cm
£175

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Small Silver Spoon

Small Silver Spoon
William Phipps
London 1977
9.5 cm

£120 


Small Silver Spoon

Millenium Canteen CatalogueMillenium Canteen Catalogue

Sheffield City Council
commissioned a canteen
to be made for the Millenium

Including work by Brian Asquith, Michael Bolton,
William Phipps, Richard Fox, Julie Chamberlain

In total 37 Silversmiths

Well illustrated Catalogue

£10

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WILLIAM PHIPPS Silver Serving Spoon

Silver Serving Spoon
William Phipps
London 1969
21.5 cm

SOLD 


WILLIAM PHIPPS Silver Serving Spoon

Silver Serving SpoonSilver Serving Spoon

Silver Serving Spoon
Willaim Phipps
London 1977
21.5 cm

SOLD 



Silver Spoon

London 1976
William Phipps
Hot forged
15cm

SOLD 


Silver Spoon

Silver Tumbler CupSilver Tumbler Cup

Silver Tumbler Cup
William Phipps
London 1990
Britannia Standard
Height: 6 cm
Diameter: 8.3 cm
SOLD 



Hand Forged Silver Spoon

London 1976
William Phipps
Length: 19.5cm

SOLD



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Hand Forged Silver Spoon

Hand Forged Silver Small SpoonHand Forged Silver Small Spoon

London 1978
William Phipps
Length: 10cm

SOLD



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Hand Forged Small Silver Spoon

London 1979
William Phipps
Length: 9.25cm

SOLD



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Hand Forged Small Silver Spoon

Hand Forged Silver SpoonHand Forged Silver Spoon

London 1976
William Phipps
Length: 14.5cm

SOLD



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Hand Forged Silver Condiment Spoon

London 1979
William Phipps
Length: 9.25cm

SOLD



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Hand Forged Silver Condiment Spoon

Heavy Hand Forged Ratail Silver SpoonHeavy Hand Forged Ratail Silver Spoon

London 1976
William Phipps
Length: 15.5cm

SOLD



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Hand Forged Silver Spoon

London 1976
William Phipps
Length:15.5cm

SOLD

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Hand Forged Silver Spoon

Hand Forged Heavy Rattail SpoonHand Forged Heavy Rattail Spoon

London 1975
William Phipps
Length: 15cm

SOLD



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Hand Forged Silver Spoon

London 1975
William Phipps
Length: 5.5cm

SOLD

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Hand Forged Silver Spoon

Heavy Hand Forged Rattail Silver Serving SpoonHeavy Hand Forged Rattail Silver Serving Spoon
London 1976
William Phipps
Length: 19½cm

SOLD



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Heavy Hand Forged Rattail Silver Spoon
London 1973
William Phipps
Length: 14cm

SOLD




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Heavy Hand Forged Rattail Silver Spoon