Subject Area: Artisans & Craftsmen

Arms Makers of Philadelphia
1991 0-88946-092-2


Arms Makers of Virginia and West Virginia
1991 0-88946-690-4
A bibliography of gunsmiths of Virginia with name, date, and location indicated.

Arms Making in Maryland
1991 0-7734-9786-2
A bibliography of gunsmiths of Maryland with name, date, and location indicated.

Clockmakers and Watchmakers of Maryland, 1660-1900
1997 0-7734-8630-5
Using mainly original sources (U.S. Census, tax lists, advertisements, family records, etc.) this volume details the clock- and watchmakers in Maryland between 1660 and 1900. This volume covers, by a large margin, more on the tradesmen than anything else yet published on the subject.

Gunsmith's Trade
1992 0-7734-9479-0
A history of gunsmithing in America. Although the English guild system regulated the trade in the Mother Country, Americans, as usual, preferred freedom to regulation. This book examines the gunsmithing trade in relation to the militia; apprenticeships; labor; tools and equipment; the Frontier gunsmith; and traitors, criminals, and deserters.

Gunsmiths of Lancaster and York Counties, Pennsylvania
1990 0-88946-091-4


Gunsmiths of the Carolinas, 1660-1870
1993 0-7734-9278-X
A fully documented listing of gunsmiths, cutlers, gunpowder makers and other arms makers of the Carolinas. Utilizes primary sources such as period newspapers, U.S. Census reports, and city directories, along with reliable secondary sources, such as Dr. Mackintosh's unpublished list and Mr. Bivins' published research. Provides a comprehensive introduction to arms making, apprenticeships, the need for arms among the militias, especially in the period before 1800, and the various secondary trades practiced by gunsmiths.

Gunsmiths of Western Pennsylvania
1990 0-88946-093-0
Includes numerous photographs.

Pennsylvania Clockmakers and Watchmakers, 1660-1900
1995 0-7734-8966-5
Using mainly original sources (U.S. Census, tax lists, advertisements, family records, etc.) this volume details the clock- and watchmakers in the Province of and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania between 1660 and 1900. This volume covers, by a large margin, more on the tradesmen than anything else yet published on the subject.

Pennsylvania Potters, 1660-1900
1993 0-7734-9262-3
Cottage industry pottery making was an important trade in the Province of Pennsylvania from the earliest years onward. Potters produced table ware, storage jars, porcelain ware, lamps, pitchers, and other useful and decorative art. Using mainly original sources (U.S. Census, tax lists, advertisements, family records, etc.) this is a book about the men and women who made pottery in the Province of and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania between 1660 and 1900.

Pennsylvania Silversmiths, Goldsmiths and Pewterers, 1684-1900
1993 0-7734-9260-7
This treatise provides a checklist of the tradesmen who worked in the mediums of gold, silver and pewter from the earliest days through 1900 in Pennsylvania. Also offers an overview of the general relationship between established tradesmen and their apprentices and servants. Utilizes original source materials.

Pennsylvania Workers in Brass, Copper and Tin, 1681-1900
1993 0-7734-9258-5
This treatise provides a checklist of the tradesmen who worked in the mediums of brass, copper and tin from the earliest days through 1900 in Pennsylvania. Also offers an overview of the general relationship between established tradesmen and their apprentices and servants. Utilizes original source materials.

Shoemakers of Lynn, Massachusetts, 1850-1880
2006 0-7734-5586-8
This study looks closely at the lives of shoemakers in Lynn, Massachusetts during the period when their work was mechanized and moved into factories. For many decades prior to the 1850s, Lynn had been a major center for the manufacture of shoes, all made by hand through a putting-out system. Men and women each had a role to play in making shoes. The family was the center of production and shoemaking shaped many aspects of family life, including fertility. Beginning in 1851, a series of machines replaced handwork and work moved from the home and near-by workshops to factories. By 1880, the old system was all but extinct and a large number of machines replaced the hand skills of Lynn’s cordwainers and binders. This change in both the nature and location of work affected family life in a number of ways, including choice of marriage partner, fertility and the role of the family in providing job training. This work explores both pre-industrial and industrial Lynn and analyzes the relationship between work and family life and how changes in work changed family life. It will appeal to those interested in the social history of industrialization, the history of the family, and demographic history.

Virginia Clockmakers and Watchmakers, 1660-1860
1999 0-7734-8154-0
Lists those who made ore repaired clocks and watches in Virginia from the earliest days to the Civil War and shortly thereafter using US Census data, court records tax lists, newspaper ads, and county histories.