A George III silver memento mori Box by James Phipps.
A George III silver memento mori oval hinged Box, London 1782, by James Phipps. The exterior of the box engraved-: ‘Enclosed are some of the remains of a most kind, virtuous & affectionately loving Wife, Mrs. Sarah Kingsford in whom centered every female & desirable excellency.’ And on the base: ‘Sarah Kingsford, daughter of John & Elizabeth Wiche, born Aug. 12th 1758, married to Sampson Kingsford Jan. 4th 1780, died much lamented by all that knew her, Ap. 29th 1782, & left one daughter, Sarah Maria, born April 16. 1782.’
For John Wiche, 1718-1794, Baptist Minister: see the Dictionary of National Biography. Sampson Kingsford, of Sturry, near Canterbury, 1750-1821, was a miller and banker, and latterly a Baptist minister.
Length – 9.30 cm.; Width – 3.20 cm.; Depth – 0.70 cm.; Weight – 37.20 gms.