Samuel Amory was a leading London solicitor. He was the son of Samuel Amory (d.1799), a banker. He married Anne (d.1833), second daughter of John Heathcote of Tiverton, in 1826. He started his career in 1810 and went into partnership with John Coles until 1839. He then worked with Isaac Sewell and Samuel Moores for eleven years, later becoming a founding partner of the firm Travers Smith, which survives to this day.
His will, written on 4 February 1852 and proved on 8 December 1857 refers to a gold box presented to him by his '...valued friend James Hutchinson' which he bequeaths to his son-in-law John Ingram-Travers. Later in the document he writes 'I bequeath to my friend the said James Hutchinson a suitable gold snuffbox to be purchased by my executors and I request them to have inscribed with a few lines to testify my great value and my regard for him and in particular my appreciation of his most brotherly regard to the widow and children of my later brother.' It is probable that James Hutchinson was a fellow campaigner for Administrative Reform. Both their names are included in a list of supporters who met at the London Tavern on the 5 May 1855.
For another box by these goldsmiths see lot 231.