Shreve, Crump & Low

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Shreve, Crump & Low, a Boston, Massachusetts business, is the oldest purveyor of luxury goods in North America, responsible for trophies such as the Davis Cup and the Cy Young Award.[1][2]


Shreve, Crump & Low built the Cy Young Award trophy.

Established in 1796 by watchmaker and silversmith John McFarlane, the company is one of the oldest jewelry stores in North America.[3][4][5]

The present-day Shreve, Crump & Low is the last of a line of firms that began with John McFarlane, who opened a workshop across the street from Paul Revere. In the 1800s, the firm changed its name to Shreve's. In 1869 the firm of Shreve, Crump & Low was formed by merger.[1]

Shreve, Crump & Low remained at their original location until their property was destroyed in the Great Boston Fire of 1872. Its new location at 225 Washington Street pioneered the use of plate glass and artificial lighting in a retail establishment. This Italianate building had showcases of black walnut trimmed with holly and ebony.[1][2]

A relocation in 1891 brought Shreve, Crump & Low to its largest building, a six stories high Italian Renaissance style edifice of limestone and marble. In 1929, Shreve, Crump & Low moved to 330 Boylston Street, one of the earliest examples of art deco architecture in New England.[1] In 2006, under the ownership of local jeweler, David Walker, the firm opened a new store in Boston’s Back Bay at the corner of Boylston and Berkeley Streets.

Shreve's has also sold antiques, imported fine linen and stationery, and exhibited artifacts from Ancient Greece and Rome. Shreve, Crump & Low is known for classic fine jewelry and timepieces, tableware, and Boston-themed gifts.

In 1974, Shreve, Crump & Low opened a second location at The Mall at Chestnut Hill.[2] In 2009, Shreve, Crump & Low consolidated the mall store into their Boston store. In May 2012, the Boylston Street store relocated to 39 Newbury Street, Boston.

For the first time in Shreve, Crump & Low history, a boutique will be opened outside of Massachusetts. November 2014 marks another milestone as a third boutique will open its door at 125 Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, CT.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Antiques and the Arts Online Archived February 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Shreve, Crump & Low History". Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  3. ^ "Elkin named interim CEO of Shreve, Crump & Low". Boston Business Journal. 2005-09-09. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  4. ^ Rosenbloom, Stephanie (2005-11-03). "Open for Business - New York And Boston". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  5. ^ Kirsner, Scott (2003-11-03). "Company hopes its cultured diamonds dazzle". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 

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