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Swart z, Peter Gunsmith of York County, Pa. Worked for state. 1784-86. Doubtful as to production. Sweet, Jenks & Son Gunsmiths of Rhode Island. Received a government contract on November 13, 1810, for 3,000 muskets. Had delivered 250 prior to October 7, 1812. Sweitzer & Co., Daniel Announced the opening of their gunlock manufactory, west of the courthouse 011 the road to Millerstown, Lancaster County, Pa., 1808. Remained active until 1813 or later. Sweitzer, Charles Riflemaker of Mauch...

Joseph Clippinger Rifles

Clippinger, Joseph Riflemaker of New Carlisle, Clark County, Ohio. Active 1846-54. Coats, Moses Cutler of East Calm, Chester County, Penna. Active 1781-90. .Produced belt axes and belt knives. Coats, James Musket maker of Philadelphia, 1810-14. At one time an employee of J. J. Henry working upon public anus. Cochran, John Webster Born Enfield, N. H., May 16, 1814. Patented a many chambered firearm April 29, 1837. Secured a second patent May 8, 1837, on a many chambered cylinder firearm''....

The Sources

In addition to the following primary sources the text contains specific reference to less frequently consulted secondary works. American Archives, 4th amp 5th Series, Washington, D. C. American State Papers, Class V vols. I-VII, Washington, D. C 1812-19. Barber, E. C, The Crack Shot, New York, 1868. Birmie, Colonel Rogers Jr., Cun Making in the United States Washington, D. C., 1879. Broadhead, Documents Relating to the Early History of the State of New York, New York, 1910. Browne, Archives of...

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Gunmaker of Selma, Alabama, following the Civil War and until 1876. Jacobs, Cornelius Rifle and pistol maker, north side of Friend Street, Columbus, 1842-45 thence to Alton, Ohio until 1866. James, Morgan Riflemaker of Utica, N. Y. about 1820-60. Jams, Lewis Riflemaker of Athens, Ohio, 1849-54. A fine workman. Jenkins Safety Catch Gun Co. Rock Hill, S. C. Shotgun makers active 1893-94, short lived. Jenks amp Son, Alfred See Bridgcsburg Machine Works, Phila. Jenkinson, Bob 55 W. 42nd...

American Gun Company

Worked at Hope Furnace, Scituate, Rhode Island where he made swords as early as 1760 and continued through the Revolution. Many references, The State of Rhode Island and the' Providence Plantations at the End of the Century, Edward Field, Providence, n.d. Hopkins amp Allen Established in Norwich, Conn., 1868. In the first twenty years of production ending in 1888 they had supplied 6,000 rifles and about 30,000 pistols. Made but a few percussion revolvers which are...

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Secured the following government contracts during the Civil War June 10, 1863, 20,000 rifled Springfield muskets. December 29, 1863, 5,000 same. February 23, 1864, 15,000 same. October 4, 1864, 7,000 same. Prior to May 8, 1865 had delivered 30,000 muskets for which he received 558,733.20. Robinson Arms Manufactory Richmond, Va. S. G. Robinson. Produced Confederate Sharps in 1862. Exact copy of the original Sharps except the brass butt-plate and barrel-bands....

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Pistol maker of New York City and Catskill, New York. Active 1862-68, before and later. Produced My Friend knuckle-duster, patent of November 26, 1865. Reid, Templet on Riflemaker of Milledgeville, Georgia, 1824. Rein, John Riflemaker of New York, 1863-75, before and after. Reinhart, Peter A. Reinhart, a native of Germany, was brought to America when but six years of age. His family located at Columbus, Ohio about 1842 and soon thereafter Reinhart entered the gun shop of Sprague at...

Henry Hawken Schenectady 1769 Gun Maker

Jacob And Samuel Hawken Rifles

Riflemaker of Saginaw, Michigan, with a shop on north Water Street. Active 1859-68, before and after. Lake Shore Gazetter, Sage, Son amp Co., Buffalo, N. Y. 1867. Hawken, Henry or Hawkins, Celebrated gunsmith who is first found at Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Later he migrated to Ha-gerstown, Maryland thence to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and finally to St. Louis, Missouri. lie was active at. the latter place before and after 1808. Active from 1785 to after 1808. Father to Jacob and...

Eiflb Air Pistol

A POPE, Agent nd Manuftoturer, 46 High Street. Boston. About 1838 changed to N. Kendall amp Co. until 1842, then to Kendall amp Lawrence Richard S. Lawrence . In 1844 Bobbins, Kendall amp Lawrence Samuel E. Robbins , received a government contract, February 18, 1845, for 10,000 Model 1841 rifles at 11.90 each, deliveries within live years. Kendall retired in 1849 died December 24, 1861. See Robbins, Kendall amp Lawrence. Kennedy, Martin F. Gun and Rifle maker, 163 Third St., Saint Paul, Minn.,...

Lkb 3 M203 Grenade Launcher

Roop, John Gunsmith of Allentown, Pa., 1775. Probably repairs only. Root amp Van Dervoort Engineering Co. East Moline, 111. Produced 4-inch naval guns in 1918. Roper, Sylvester H. Roper Repeating Rifle Co. Amherst, Mass. Established 1866, capital 100,000, C. M. Spencer, agent. In 1868 Charles E. Billings became president and in 1869 removed to Hartford, Conn., to be reorganized as Billings amp Spencer. The Roper Company produced Spencer-Roper repeating shotguns and Roper's repeating rifles....

J M Cooper 1850 Stamped Pittsburg Revolver

Cook son, John Gunsmith of Boston, Mass., 1701-62. Enrolled in the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1701. From 1722 to 1726 he acted as company clerk for that organization. In 1727 he was employed in cleaning and repairing the arms belonging to the Province of Massachusetts Bay. Under date of April 12 and April 26, 1756, the following advertisement appeared in the Boston Gazette Made -by John Cookson, and to be sold at his house in Boston a handy gun of 9 pound and a half weight...

Petermanmuzzle Loading Rifles

Perkins, James Gunmaker of Bridgewater, Mass., 1800. Perkins, Joseph Gunsmith of Philadelphia. During the period 1787-88 he was employed working on public arms receiving 1,078 -14 5. His shop was located on the east side of Water Street where he was active from 1783 to 1790 or later. Perkins, Luke Gunsmith of Bridgewater, Mass., 1800. Perkins, Rufus Bridgewater. Rufus, Luke and James were related. T11 1808 Rufus secured a government contract for muskets for arming the Militia. A report dated...

Chamberlain Cartridge Co Chamberlain Cartridge Target Co

Produced shotgun shells, 1888-93. Added targets in 1894 and active until 1910. Chambers, Joseph C. West Middletown, Washington County, Penna. Secured patent on repeating gunnery, March 23, 1813. Through the Committee of Defense of Philadelphia, the Navy placed contracts with Tryon amp Henry of Philadelphia Geo. W. Tryon and J. J. Henry , for 200 muskets and 20 swivels on Mr. Chambers' plan of gunnery on February 16, 1814. The muskets at S23.00 each, the swivels at Si8.00 per...

Vintage Pennsylvania Percussion Rifle Made By Abraham Gibbs Lancaster P A

Riflemaker of Lancaster, Pa. Shop at Lime Street, near Vine, 1848-57. Eicholtz, H C. Riflemaker, 58 N. Queen St., Lancaster, Pa., 1866-75. Elizabeth Furnace Near Brickersville on Middle Creek, Lancaster County, Pa. Built about t750 by John Huber, a German. Became the property of Robert Coleman and supplied cannon and shot during the Revolution. Abandoned 1856. Pg. 180, Swank. Eilicott Swordsmith of Baltimore, Md. Produced ten swords per week for Maryland, 1781-82. Elliott...

Jacob Truby Gunsmith

Thompson, John Riflemaker of Philadelphia, about 1800. Thompson, Samuel Riflemaker of Columbus, Ohio, 1820-22, before and after. In 1822 he employed two hands. Three-Barrel Gun Co. Moundsville, W. Va. Manufactured three barrel shotguns, 1907-08. Short lived. The same outfit that operated at Wheeling, YY. Va., as the Royal Gun Co., and Hollenbeck Gun Co. Thurman, C. Riflemaker of Larimor, Iowa, active 1879-85. Produced heavy target rifles. Titherington, George Noted rifle-barrel maker. 1321 S....

Johnston John H and James H Great Western Gun Works

Established 1865 and producing rifles, shotguns and combination guns. Shop at 621 Smithfield Street. John H. Johnson was a gunsmith at Waynesboro, Pa., born 1811 and died in 1889. Tames H. was the son of John and the owner of the Great Western Gun Works. He was born in 1836 and died about 1916. Jones, Amos Gunsmith of Colchester, Conn., 1774-77. In 1776 he made for Connecticut forty-one guns and bayonets, also a number of gun-locks and barrels receiving 140 3 4 in payment....

Sweitzer - Ohio 1850 Rifle Maker

War Knife Long Length

Ruppert, William Gunsmith of Lancaster, Penna., about 1776. Rupertus Pat'd Pistol Mfg. Co. Philadelphia, Pa. Produced Jacob Rupert us' patent pistols and revolvers. Active 1858-76, before and after. Made a 4-shot pepperbox like the Sharps and a double barrel pistol which turns to the left for loading. A movable firing pin regulates the discharge of either barrel. Rush, William Gunmaker in High Street Ward, Phila., Pa. Active 1769-71. Russell amp Co., J. Green River Works. Produced fine Bowie...

J H Rector Gunsmith

Gunmaker of Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1866-69. Pomeroy, Elty or Eltwed, Eltweed, Eltwud or Eltwood Came to America from Devonshire arriving in Boston in 1630. He is found at Dorchester 1633-37 and later at Hartford and Windsor, Conn. Moved to Northampton 1670 71 to be cared for by his son, Deacon Pomeroy, Deacon Medad Born about T637, son of Elty. At Northampton, Conn., 1659 until his death, December 30, 1716, age 79 years. Pomeroy, Eldad Son of Klty. Locatcd in Boston, then to Hampshire...

Grudchos And Eggers Gunsmiths

Driggs-Schroeder Driggs-Seabury Gun amp Ammunition Co. Driggs-Seabury Ordnance Co. Driggs Ordnance amp Engineering Co. Wrn. II. Driggs and Scaton Schrocdcr of Washington, D. C., patented rapid-fire ordnance, February 28, 1888. In this breech-loading ordnance, the breech-block moves first downward in opening, then rotates backward and downward to open. Patent No. 378,828. This weapon was probably produced first by Wm. Cramps amp Sons at Philadelphia, as an advertisement published in 1890...

The Arms And Arms Makers Of America

J. 43 South Clark St., Chicago, 111. Frederick J. Abbey and James H. Foster. Active 1871-75. Produced rifles, pistols and the Abbey amp Foster breech-loading, top-fastening shotgun, patent of April 25, 1871, No. 114,081. Abbey, George T. Gunsmith of Chicago, 111., 1858-74. Secured patent on breech-loading shotgun, March 16, 1869, No. 87,814. Discontinued in 1874, the year of the Chicago Gun Trials in which he had entered a number of his arms. Accelerating Fire Arms Co. New...

Allen Ethan Allen Co Allen Thurber Allen and Wheelock

Ethan Allen was -born in Bellington, Mass., 1810. In 1837 Pat ented the Allen pepperbox and with his brother-in-law, Charles T. Thurber, began producing this arm at Grafton. Quit that city for Norwich, Conn., in 1842 and thcnce to Worcester, Mass., in 1847. Thurber retired in 1855 and was succeeded by a sccond brother-in-law of Allen's, Thomas P. Wrheelock, the firm name being so changed. After operating from 1856 to 1865 it appears that some difficulty arose which resulted in the organization...

Manhattan Arms CoNew York

Y. Active T.849-62. Probably became the American Standard Tool Company. Produced a three-barrel pepperbox which revolved by hand to avoid infringement upon Ethan Allen's patents. Probably less than three hundred made in 1849. Made Hero single-shot pistols also. Made the Manhattan revolver, patent of December 27, 1859. This arm was an exact imitation of the Colt except that the Manhattan possessed a double number of cylinder stops permitting the cylinder to...

Black Powder Rifle Wm Lawrence Milford

Began about 1820 and found at the corner of Second and Walnut Streets in 1826 and continued in the same place i860 or later. Exhibited guns and pistols at International Exhibition in 1876. Krtteger, H. Gunmaker at 10 South Second St., Minneapolis, Minn., 1877-80. Kryter, Charles A. Produced or assembled a few shotguns, 115 Market St., Wheeling, W. Va., 1872-76. Kunz, J. Produced flintlock rifles and pistols at Philadelphia, Pa., about 1840. Kunkle Gunsmith of...

James Reid Gunmaker

Hudson, William L, Rifle and pistol maker, 1852-64, Cincinnati, Ohio. Hughes amp Phillips Gunsmiths of Newark, New Jersey, 1860-63, before and after. Hughes, Samuel and Daniel Operated a cannon foundry at Antietam, Cecil County, Maryland. On January 30th, 1776 the Council of Safety appointed George Mathews as cannon founder and sent him to the Hughes Works. On March 20th following, the Committee of Safety of Baltimore wrote the Council of Safety that we are sorry to inform you that 4 out of 5...

Tryon Co Edward K to date

Lancaster, Texas. Made revolvers for the Confederate government, 1863-64. These resemble Colt's second model Dragoon and are now rare. Tunx, William Gunmaker of New York as early as 1769. In 1775, the Royalist Governor William Tryon induced Tunx to quit the colonies for London. Tunx was to he given employment in one of the Crown Armories. Turk, James Rifleniaker of Morrow, Warren County, Ohio. Active 1852-65. Tveryar, M. Rifleniaker of Frederick, N. C. Active about...

Grove Carlos

Gunmakers, 21 Edmond St., Denver, Colo., 1847-77. Graeff, William Riflemaker of Reading, Penna., 1751-84. Graeff, John Riflemaker of Lancaster, Pa,, 1798. Graham, Edmund H. Patented a magazine arm October 4, 1853. Grant amp Co. Hedenberg Works, Plane St. at Morris Canal, Newark, N. J. Henry L. Grant and Joseph Sherwood. On November 9, 1869 secured patent on peculiar muzzle-loading target gun. These were first offered for sale in 1872 and exhibited at Philadelphia in 1876....

Lovell John P Grover Lovell Lovell Sons Lovell Arms Co

Lovell established in 1840. From 1841 to 1844 in partnership as Grover amp Lovell. Operated alone at 27 Dock Square, upstairs, until the early 7o's to become the John P. Lovell amp Sons. Exhibited at Philadelphia in 1876. Later located at 147 Washington Street as J. P. Lovell Arms Co., shotgun manufacturers. Continued to 1891 and after. Made the double-action revolver of Capt. Eben Swift, 5th U. S. Cavalry. Lowe, William V. Gunsmith who worked at Fitchburg, Winchester Lowell Arms...

Early Pennsylvania Gunsmiths Mathais

Miller, John Gunsmith of Lancaster Borough, Lancaster County, Pa., 1771-82. During the Revolution he worked on public arms as repairman. Miller, Mathias Gun and locksmith of Easton, Pa. He was descendant of an ancient line of German armourers, his arms being remarkable by reason of their exquisite firelocks. Found on tax lists from 1771 to 1788. Miller, S. C. Gunmaker of New Haven, Conn., about 1850-60. Miller, William Deeds Pittsfield, Mass., and New York City. Active 1861-77, before and...

Lefever D M Lefever Arms Co D M Lefever Son CoD M

Lefever was active at 78 F Water Street, Syracuse, New York, from 1880 until about 1892, then Lefever Arms Co. The D. M. Lefever Sons amp Company are listed in directories of 1906-08 at 107 N. Franklin Street, Syracuse, N. Y. At the same time the D. M. Lefever Company operated a shop at Bowling Green. Ohio. Now the property of Ithaca Gun Co. Lefevre, Philip Riflemaker of Beaver Valley, Lancaster County, Pa. Active 1731-56. Lefevre, Samuel Riflemaker of Strasbourg Township, Lancaster County,...

Warner

Warner, James Gunsmith of Springfield, Mass. Born in 1818. Inventor of the Warner revolver, patent of January 7, 1851 July 15, 1851 and June, 1856. Patented the Warner breech-loader February 23, 1864, 41,732. During the Civil War the government purchased 4,001 Warner carbines at 79,310.54. Warner was company manager to the Springfield Arms Company. Died in 1870. Warner amp Love Gunmakers of Syracuse, N. Y., 1879-80. Washburn Iron Works Nathan Washburn, Worcester, Mass. Produced 5,000 gun...

Palmer Gunsmith Philadelphia

The Newton Arms Company was organized at Buffalo, N. Y. in 1914 and was succeeded in 1919 by the Newton Arms Corp. Charles Newton, perhaps the best known American designer of the time, had earlier developed the 32-40 high-power, the Savage .22 Hi-Power and the Savage 25-3000. Newton, E. M. Riflemaker of Skowhegan, Maine, 1858-68, before and after. Newton, Philo S. Riflemaker of Hartford, Conn., 1843-75. Secured patent on false muzzle, June 1, 1843. Nichols amp...

Made Dv

Using Center Fire Cartridge . 44-100 Calibre. Heiser, Lewi Shotguns and rifles, Washington St Tiffin, Ohio, 1857-66. Hellinghaus, H. Riflemaker of San Francisco, Calif. One of his arms exhibited at the Industrial Exposition held in that city in 1857 won second place in firing tests and first prize for beauty of finish. Hemenway, Levi J. Gunmaker of Shrewsbury, Mass., 1859-68, before and after. Hendrick, M. S. Gunmaker of Aurora, 111., 1869-75, before and after. Hendricks, John Cutler producing...

Ames Sword Co Ame Mfg Co Ames Arms CoSee N P Ames

Ames Forge Situated half a mile above Falls Village Station, Housa-tonic Railroad, west side of Housatonic River and owned by Ames Iron Co. Horatio Ames , P'. O. Salisbury, Litchfield County, Conn. Known also as Salisbury Furnace. Active 1832 and until after the Civil War. Cannon Foundry. See Horatio Ames. Pg. 150, Iron Manufactures Guide. J. P. Lesley, New Ames, David Son of John, elder brother of Oliver. Born 1761. Worked as a gunsmith in his father's shop and commissioned superintendent of...