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The gunsmith's trade

Author: James B Whisker
Publisher: Lewiston, NY, USA : Edwin Mellen Press, ©1992.
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This is 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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James B Whisker
ISBN: 0773494790 9780773494794
OCLC Number: 25411485
Description: viii, 325 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Apprenticeships. Terms of Apprenticeships. Apprenticeship of Orphans. Female Apprenticeships. Unfortunate Apprenticeships. Voluntary Apprenticeships. Later Employment of Apprentices. Adult Apprenticeships. Obtaining an Apprentice. Runaway Apprentices. Discovering Apprenticeships. Close Relationships. Military Exemption of Apprenticeships --
Gunsmith's Work. Census of Industry. Receipts and Daybooks. Advertisements. Inventories of Arms and Tools. Historical Accounts --
Gunsmiths and the Militia. Regulated Gunmaking. Gunsmiths in America. Studies of Gunsmiths. Artistic Expression. Obligation to the Public. The Distributive Right. Conclusions --
Traitors and Gunsmiths --
African-American Gunsmiths. Earliest African-American Gunsmiths. Slave Labor at Iron Foundries. African-American Gunpowder and Gun Barrel Making. Tower Adams. Joseph Winters. African-American Gunsmiths in Ohio. Other African-American Gunsmiths. Other African-American Metal Workers --
The Frontier Gunsmith. Indian Traders as Gunsmiths. Frontier Gunsmiths in the Revolution. Mending the Amerindians' Weapons. Amerindian Gunsmiths. Later Frontier Gunsmiths --
Gunsmiths' Second Trades. Clockmaking Gunsmiths. Silversmithing Gunsmiths. Brass Founding. Lockmaking and Gunsmithing. Whitesmithing. Cabinet Makers. A Multi-purpose Smith. Other Trades Followed by Gunsmiths --
Gunsmith's Contracts. Arms Contracts. Supplying the Frontier. Cannon Making. Political Influence and Arms Making. Exemptions from Militia Duty. Failure to Deliver Arms --
Gunsmith's Tools and Equipment. Some Tool Lists. Gunsmith's Estates --
Gun Barrel Making. Revolutionary War Period. Gun Barrel Manufacturers --
Gunpowder Makers. Manufacturing Gunpowder. Early Gunpowder Making. Some Early Powder Mills. Post Revolutionary War Powder Makers. Powder Horn Manufacturers. Flint Knapping.
Responsibility: James B. Whisker.

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