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  1. John Pavlik

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    It seems to me there was a thread about this name on a Hamilton 18 sz, but can not seem to find it... Would anyone have information about
    the name on this movement..Thomas Fitzgerald only the movement, with the dial signed Hamilton Watch Co in the typical script.. I do believe
    that the dial was original to this movement.. the movement # 197023
     

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  2. Kent

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    John:

    Ed Ueberall and I have the following Hamilton movements reported as being marked "Thomas Fitzgerald" None of the reports (other than yours) saw fit to mention the dial signature.

    197,023 - No. 937 - Just added
    231,526 - No. 937
    236,729 - No. 936
    244,438 - No. 936
    259,028 - No. 941
    268,403 - No. 940
    268,602 - No. 940
    268,810 - No. 940
    498,466 - No. 936
     
  3. John Pavlik

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    Thanks Kent !! Does anyone who this guy was:???: I have seen a few of these and never saw a dial signed Fitzgerald.. ....
     
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    Most of these numbers were ordered thru Non-Retailing Co. which was in Lancaster so i would look in PA for him.One or two went to Smith Patterson & Co.
     
  6. John Cote

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    Kent and all...here is another Fitz, a 937 with the typical marking and gold screws and plain old Hamilton marked dial, for your list. The pictures show it in it's dirty, as found, condition. The Serial number seems to be much lower than the others in your list. Anyway, glad to have found this watch and this thread.

    HamFitz937_Mvt.jpg HamFitz937_Dial.jpg
     
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    BTW, I have had no luck at all finding the jeweler or retailer which sold these watches. As Jim said above, most of them went from Hamilton to the Non-Retailing Company in Lancaster PA. You would sort of think that they would then have gone to a jeweler...more or less local.

    I do know that there was a semi famous guy named Thomas Fitzgerald who started a newspaper called The Item in Philadelphia, PA. This paper was the largest paper in the city for a while in the 1880s. This Thomas Fitzgerald died well before these watches were made. He did have a son Named Thomas but I can't associate either one to the watches.

    If anyone knows anything about where these were sold I would love to know.
     
  8. Nathan Moore

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    There was a Thomas Fitzgerald that served as general manager of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad during this time.

    The attached image was published in the March 11, 1905 issue of the Baltimore Sun, reporting on a banquet organized in his honor.

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    This is very interesting. I wish I could find a contemporary article which showed some connection with the watches...but I can't. I can imagine a story but it would be cool to have proof.

    Anyway, thanks for digging this up Nathan.
     
  10. Kent

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    Thanks John!
     
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