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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 08-03-2007 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just was asked if I was familiar with Bixler's Jewelers (America's oldest jewelers). I had to admit I wasn't. The Bixler family member told that Bixlers used to make coin & sterling wares. See Belden page 62 for the mark.

Does anyone have any examples to share?

Also see:

  • Bixler's Jewelers
  • Bixler's merges with Avalon, Mauer and Bash
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    Oldest jeweler Bixler's merges with Avalon, Mauer and Bash

    Nov 13, 2006

    Easton, Pa.—Bixler's Jewelers, which bills itself as the oldest retail jeweler in America, is merging operations with Avalon, Mauer and Bash of Whitehall Township.

    The new entity will retain the Bixler's name and sell jewelry out of two stores. According to published reports, Avalon's store near the Lehigh Valley Mall was converted to Bixler's on Friday. Bixler's store in Easton will remain open, while another location in South Whitehall Township is scheduled to close by the end of the year.

    Bixler CEO Joyce Mitman Welken will remain in the position.

    "Both of our stores had strengths that didn't overlap too much," she told The Express Times. "We thought, what a great thing—let's combine our strengths."

    She said no jobs would be lost as a result of the merger, which was completed last Tuesday.

    Revolutionary War veteran and clock maker Christian Bixler III founded Bixler's in 1785. The store opened in its Centre Square location in Easton in 1925. Avalon began operations in 1981.

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2007 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do not own, but have seen any number of pieces countermarked BIXLER, all on standard goods of the 1850-1880 period and most of New York manufacturer. I looked into the family some years ago for my project. From my notes:

Christian Bixler (18 JUN 1763-29 Jan 1840) m 26 Apr 1789 Catherine Opp
-- William (21 May 1793-8 Feb 1850) m abt 1820 Sophia Tolan
---- Jacob Elwood (1849-1891)

The direct line stops there; Jacob's only son Floyd became a dry goods merchant. After Jacob's death, the store business was taken up by one of the descendant's of William's four brothers.

Christian was primarily a clockmaker; he reportedly made over 800 in his lifetime. William's partner noted in Belden was his brother Daniel Lewis (3 OCT 1810-12 DEC 1892), who was apparently a bookkeeper; he left the partnership to become a bank clerk.

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iconnumber posted 08-04-2007 12:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks WEV

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