Thursday, May 1, 2008
Worth Sutter Lock
Bedford County flintlock Ca. 1940's or 50's
For your information, this lock was manufactured (by hand) by Worth Sutter, who lived in rural Westmoreland County, PA. Worth was a highly renowned gunsmith who worked in a small, two-story frame workshop with his sons, manufacturing flintlocks from scratch. My father knew Worth and we visited his shop a number of times when I was a child. His boys made powder horns to accompany the guns that were made there. Worth was, and I say this respectfully, a real hillbilly. Reminded me of Jed Clampett, but his artistry was unmatched and he had many high-end clients from cities far away who would travel to his shop in the hills to order and pick up custom-made guns. (The owner)
Photos by Robert Weil.