Alexander James Strachan supplied gold boxes to the royal goldsmiths Rundell, Bridge & Rundell and Wakelin & Garrard. He was referred to as the 'Paul Storr of gold boxes' by Arthur Grimwade (London Goldsmiths, 1697-1837: Their Marks and Lives, London, 1976, pp. 672-73). For a similar vari-colored gold box by Strachan of 1808, also decorated with an acorn and oak leaf border, see C. Truman, The Gilbert Collection of Gold Boxes Volume II, London, 1999, p. 66, no. 39.
For other boxes by this goldsmith see lots 87 and 91.