The Locksmith from Penn State
Colonial locksmiths often also made guns and worked with various types of metal. They did many of the same tasks as blacksmiths and tinners. Locksmiths repaired muskets, rifles, and swords during the Revolutionary War. Even Moravian pacifists would work as gunsmiths. An account book from a Bethlehem locksmith shows that he repaired shovels, rifles, coffee mills, saws, and chafing dishes. He also put hinges on a box, screws on a coffin, and made a ladle and ring for a kettle. Locksmiths frequently made doorknobs, keys, keyholes, bolts, rim locks, and stock locks.
CITATION: The Locksmith. n.d. Web. 2 December 2015. http://www.engr.psu.edu/mtah/articles/locksmith.htm.