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posted October 28, 2009 07:39 PM
I'm originally from Ruffsdale,PA, and my Dad knew Worth C. Sutter (pronounced "Suit-er," born 1896, died ?) in the 1960s and 70s. He was, respectfully, a real "Jed Clampett" kind of a guy who lived out in the sticks, and was an amazingly talented gunsmith, with a client list that reportedly included corporate heads from the Pittsburgh area and beyond. He had a small, two-story frame shop where he plied his trade using a minimum of power equipment. His sons worked with him, and they also made custom powder horns to go along with the guns. Your rifle was made from scratch, by hand, muzzle-to-butt, by a gunsmith from the "old school" who was a local legend back in the hills of Westmoreland County, PA.
posted October 28, 2009 08:31 PM
Thanks for your reply on my flintlock. It is definately W.S.Sutter and is much much older than the person born in 1896 and was probably his father or grandfather who made it. The fancy brass patch box and other decorations were originally inlaid into the stock, but due to the passage of time and wood shrinkage now stand slightly proud. My guess is that it was made 1800-1830. Send me your email and i will send some photos of it.
Posts: 1 From:Ruffs Dale, PA, USA Registered: May 2010
posted May 28, 2010 01:04 AM
Hello... My name is Amanda and I am dating Worth's grandson and I am living on the same property that his shop was located on. It sadly fell in a few years back, but is still there. If you have any more pictures either of his flint locks or of even worth himself it would be grately appreciated if you could send them my way. i'm trying to do somewhat of a family history for my boyfriend. My E-Mail is firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you very much.
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