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Alexander Strachan (1774 - 1850) An Exquisite Georgian Book Snuff Box

London, 1803
Maker's mark of Alexander Strachan
Marked 18ct

Height: 1.2cm, 0.4in.
Length: 7cm, 2.7in.
Weight: 70g, 2oz 4dwt

£ 22,000

Silversmith Biography

A.J. Strachan registered his mark as a smallworker at Goldsmiths' Hall on 21st September 1799 when he was living at long Acre in London. He had moved to Mercer Street, Long Acre by 1803 and again to 124 London Acre in 1828. His Sun insurance policy of 1824 describes him as Jeweller & Engine Turner" He appears to have been the principal supplier of gold boxes to Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, but he also supplied the retailers Thomas Holland and Coward & Smith. In 1826 he acquired a house, Vine Cottage, Cromwell Lane, Old Brompton. He retired to Brighton in 1839 and nine years later he applied to the Goldsmiths Company for a grant with "the falling away of business he was obliged to retire with very little property"


The engine-turned box modelled as a precious bound book

An Exquisite Georgian Book Snuff Box (1774 - 1850) Reference: 22416.1