The tradesmen or artisans who made useful products from iron, copper, and lead were a numerous and vital part of the early Albany production economy. Closely related were the tinkerers - smiths who repaired metal tools, fixtures, and implements.
These were early Albany's blacksmiths, gunsmiths, and brasiers. We have treated those who worked with silver, pewter, and gold separately. [ This is only a preliminary list. ] Other Albany smiths (tinsmith, whitesmith) will be considered in the future.
Please be patient when following this link to more information about "blacksmiths on this website. In 1756, fifteen individuals were identified as smiths (not counting silversmiths) on a census of householders taken by the British army.
Follow this link to more information about cutlers (knives and swords) on this website.
Sources: Links to websites about early American metalworkers:
first posted: 11/29/07