A memento mori spoon, Thomas Mangy (active 1659 – d.1683). Estimate £5,000–7,000.
LONDON – This silver spoon is engraved with a skull and the words 'Live to die' and 'Die to live.' Memento mori gifts served as a general reminder to be mindful of death in order to encourage a virtuous life, and this may have been given as a Christening present. Hallmarked York 1670, it belonged to a group of memento mori spoons engraved with the arms of Strickland of Boynton, an important family of politicians from East Yorkshire, made in York by Thomas Mangy.