Decorated Coin Silver Spoon - Bixler & Fox of Easton, PA, ca. 1873
Offered is a lovely decorated (engine turned and engraved) coin silver spoon manufactured by Watts of Philadelphia and retailed by the jewelry firm of Bixler & Fox, working circa 1873-80. See below for more information on the firm. This spoon is nicely decorated and has a period engraved script monogram, as well as clear marks. The piece measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is good overall, but I've taken a closeup picture of some scratching in the bowl. All in all a nice usable piece of coin silver from Easton's past! According to an online reference to Easton, the Bixler family's presence in Easton began in 1785 or so, when Christian Bixler III started his clockmaking business there. Christian Bixler III died in 1840, and his sons William and Daniel Bixler operated as partners for only a couple of years before separating. William Bixler, the older son, took on Eli M. Fox as an employee. After William Bixler died in 1848, his business was operated by his widow, Sophia, operated the business. She took Mr. Fox into partnership by 1873, and she died in 1879, whereupon her son, J. Elwood Bixler, succeeded her. This succession seems to have driven out Mr. Fox, who left the firm by 1880.