Harry A. Belknap, St. Johnsbury, Vt. private label

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  1. Dave Coatsworth

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    I just acquired this private label for Harry A. Belknap of St. Johnsbury Vermont. Can anyone identify the movement for me? Thanks in advance...

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    #2 Keith R..., Feb 21, 2019
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    Killer dial!

    Killer nickel plates!!

    Serial number of the watch is 7 figures (out of my year).

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    It seems I recall a ship board accident for the USS Belknap, when I was in
    the 6th fleet USN.

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  4. MartyR

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    It's a good-looking watch, Dave - high quality case (is it gold?) and a good quality lever movement with gold balance screws and engine-turned plates. I'm sure someone will identify the movement!

    A thought about that "interesting" amateur additon to the dial - FCB could be for Barcelona Football Club (whose colours are red, yellow and blue) and KP could be the initials of the owner. In any event, I think the 'heraldic emblem@ of the shield surmounted by a helmet with crossed axes is fanciful ;)
     
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    Hi, I'm with enrico; it looks like a Longines. Regards Ray
     
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    movement by Longines cal. 18.79 negative set made around 1900.
    regards enrico
     
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    The suggestion about FC Barcelona is a really good one, but in fact the insignia on the dial is that of the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization along the lines of the Masons. 'KP', obviously, stands for 'Knights of Pythias'. The letters F, C, and B stand for Friendship, Charity, and Benevolence. The Knights were one of the popular nineteenth century 'secret societies' and they're still in existence although much reduced in size. A quick Google search will yield further details.
     
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    Thanks, guys, for the great information!
     
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    Another brilliantly creative theory smashed into smithereens! :(

    Good work on that, jc :coolsign:
     
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