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Can anyone help me decipher this signature?

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LaBelleSauvage123 Tue 11-Feb-20 16:22:04

I’m doing some family tree research and can’t find this person - it’s definitely a male. What do you think?

bonzo77 Tue 11-Feb-20 16:24:22

Hans Kyltuuz

Hans Kyltuutz?

YesItsMeIDontCare Tue 11-Feb-20 16:25:28

First name is Hans by the looks of it. Surname could be a ending?

Formermousemat Tue 11-Feb-20 16:25:42

I think it's somewhere along the lines of Hans Kylthuuf or Kylthuut.

BoreOfWhabylon Tue 11-Feb-20 16:29:27


LaBelleSauvage123 Tue 11-Feb-20 16:32:37

Have put all those into and no joy.

balonzz Tue 11-Feb-20 16:34:41

Stab in the dark but what if the first name is Francis?

CoffeeRunner Tue 11-Feb-20 16:35:51

I read it as Harold Kylhurst.

balonzz Tue 11-Feb-20 16:36:02

To explain my reasoning a bit more, some people used to do the 'F' character with backwards horizontal lines if you see what I mean.

Sofacat Tue 11-Feb-20 16:36:47

Hans Kylhauf ?

Alsoco Tue 11-Feb-20 16:36:58

I’ve got Harold Kylhurst as my best guess but can’t really see the O in the first name

LaBelleSauvage123 Tue 11-Feb-20 16:37:39

Just tried Francis and variations of surname - nothing

CoffeeRunner Tue 11-Feb-20 16:37:57

But yes on closer inspection that first name could be Francis.

Surname must end in T because it’s crossed.

iklboo Tue 11-Feb-20 16:38:52


CoffeeRunner Tue 11-Feb-20 16:39:33

I’m also thinking it could be an R not a K? So Harold/Francis Rylhurst?

SomeLikeItTepid Tue 11-Feb-20 16:42:21

I think the surname ends in a 'y' judging by the way that letter is written on the line above; "yours affectionately"

TheVanguardSix Tue 11-Feb-20 16:44:17

It's the old German text. It will be a tz ending. Let me link you to some olf fonts. It can be so very tricky. Do you know what year the letter was written? This narrows it down to font style of the period. I know the letter is in English, but its author is probably German, hence my suggestion about looking into old German fonts.

LaBelleSauvage123 Tue 11-Feb-20 16:44:20

None of those surnames come up at all - very few indeed starting Ky.

LaBelleSauvage123 Tue 11-Feb-20 16:45:07

Thevanguardsix - it’s 1924

LaBelleSauvage123 Tue 11-Feb-20 16:46:07

Somelikeittepid - I do see what you mean about the y

Drum2018 Tue 11-Feb-20 16:47:26

Harris Kylhurtz?

TheVanguardSix Tue 11-Feb-20 16:49:34

So you want to look at 'kurrent' and 'sutterlin' (with an umlaut- two dots- over the u) text.
I will try to help you. Sutterlin is just confused
Though the letter is not in the Sutterlin text, it is useful to look at this anyway- you may come across later documents with this script.

BoreOfWhabylon Tue 11-Feb-20 16:52:25

There are two crossed Ts in the surname - one in the middle and one near the end.

flouncyfanny Tue 11-Feb-20 16:54:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ChardonnaysDistantCousin Tue 11-Feb-20 16:54:23

That's definitely tz at the end.

Can you compare the y from affectionately with the second letter of the surname, to see if it's the same?

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