America’s 10 Oldest Jewelers: Bixler’s Jewelers

Bixler’s Jewelers Since 1785 3900 Hamilton Blvd. Allentown, Pa. 610-821-8641 Founded in 1785 by Revolutionary War veteran Christian Bixler III, Bixler’s Jewelers has been helmed by six generations of family members. Nine years ago, Christian Bixler’s great-great-great-granddaughter, Joyce Welken, sold the store, which was based in Easton, Pa., to Mark Maurer of Vanscoy, Maurer & Bash Diamond Jewelers in Lancaster, Pa., but she remains involved in daily operations. The business, now located in Allentown, Pa., features memorabilia like old tools and letters, pictures of the founder, and modern-day brands such as Rolex and David Yurman, but Bixler’s renowned grandfather clocks are no more. Head to the old storefront in Easton to admire its clock in the town center—and, if you’re lucky enough to own a Bixler’s original, hang on to it; you never know when 

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