America’s 10 Oldest Jewelers: Shreve, Crump & Low

Shreve, Crump & Low Since 1796 39 Newbury St. Boston 617-267-9100 How old is Shreve, Crump & Low? Silversmith and watchmaker John McFarlane founded it in 1796, when George Washington was still president. Its first location stood across the street from Paul Revere’s silver shop. It is considered not only America’s second-oldest jeweler, but one of the oldest stores in America, period. In the 1800s, the company became Shreve, and then Shreve, Crump & Low in 1869 (the same year JCK was founded). Three years later, its building was destroyed in the Great Boston Fire of 1872. While no members of the company’s three namesake families remain involved in the business, the retailer proudly boasts local Boston ownership: Second-generation jeweler David G. Walker purchased the store in 2006, after its parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy tha

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