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W.M Kirely identification help "Click" to Login or Register 
IHC Member 1348
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I recently acquired my first Hampton it is a handsome little S16, 17j, stem set, open face, Model 4, Wm Mckinley grade. The movement is signed Wm Kirely
If anyone can identify this person I would sure appreciate the help. Thanks Again Don
 
Posts: 54 | Location: Oakland, California in the USA | Registered: January 04, 2010
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Don

The movement doesn't have a city or state also marked?

I will see if I can find anything.

Tom
 
Posts: 5113 | Location: New Mexico in the USA | Registered: January 27, 2007
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Don

I did locate in the 1870 Philadelphia Pa. Federal census a William Kirely who is listed as watch case maker, he was born about 1810 in Wurttemberg Germany. He is married to Sophia.

Not sure if this is your guy.

Tom
 
Posts: 5113 | Location: New Mexico in the USA | Registered: January 27, 2007
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Tom: The movement is also marked, 17 jewels, safety pinion, Canton,O. It was sold about 1908. So the Kirely you found could be relevant. I suspect he may be the father of the signer. Thanks for my only clue. Regards Don
 
Posts: 54 | Location: Oakland, California in the USA | Registered: January 04, 2010
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Don,
The mans signature that appears on your watch was the 25th president of the United States. Although his signature looks like Wm Kirely it's W McKinley. The president had no middle name. Here's some info.
What were the middle names of every single U.S. president?
William McKinley
William McKinley Signature

RR
W McKinley Signatue on top and Willaim McKinley on bottom

 
Posts: 1426 | Location: Fremont, California in the USA | Registered: February 06, 2010
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Richard: Bingo! you did it again. Got a better deal than I thought. Thanks to all Don
P.S. The photo Richard posted is my watch
 
Posts: 54 | Location: Oakland, California in the USA | Registered: January 04, 2010
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Hampton

I'll try again.. Don
 
Posts: 54 | Location: Oakland, California in the USA | Registered: January 04, 2010
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Extremely good buy IMO; but I like Hampden of this time period...

I think this is another example of the curse of cursive writing....


Gary
 
Posts: 589 | Location: Bastrop, Texas in the USA | Registered: January 22, 2011
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