E. Howard & Company. Model No., 72-12 Regulator. REGULATOR / PRESENTED / BY / M BRUKE. Dated: 11 – 1886 in mahogany. VV120

This clock was designed for excellent service. The weight driven movement is secured to the backboard with two brass tabs and a wooden strip helps support the weight of the works. The front plate is die-stamped by the Maker on the the left side. This die-stamp reads, “E. Howard & Co., / BOSTON.” The works are designed with a Graham Dead-beat escapement and maintaining or retaining power. The pendulum is supported at the top by a double suspension spring and a Geneva Stop winding stop prevents one from overwinding the cast iron weight into the movement. The brass movement is designed to run eight-days on a full wind. The pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry and retains its original silver paint. The heavy bob is nickel plated and features a damascened design or pattern on the front surface. This is in very good original condition. The enameled zinc dial measures approximately 12 inches in diameter and is original to this clock. It features the Maker’s name and working location as well as a true seconds spit.

The mahogany case has been recently refinished. The color is excellent. The case is nicely decorated with various carvings. The construction of this case is designed to compensate for expansion and contraction as a result changes of humidity and temperature. As a result, when these large regulator clocks are set up properly, they vary only seconds a month.

This examples measures 5 feet 4 inches long and was made in November of 1886. It is dated with a die-stamp inside the case above the works.

The E. Howard shop records indicated that this clock was ordered through the Boston office on November 6th, 1886. It was shipped to Boston Office. Two No. 72 models were ordered on that day. One in an oak case with a 12 inch dial. A second clock was ordered in mahogany and was to have a 14 inch dial. This order must have been miss read or recorded because this is a mahogany case with a 12 inch dial. This case is also stamped with a number 2 indicating that it was one of at least two clocks being made at that time. The catalog states that this clock originally sold for approximately $80.

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About Edward Howard of Boston, Massachusetts.

The E. Howard Clock Company has an outstanding reputation for making high quality weight driven wall timepieces, standing regulators, public clocks and electro-mechanical master and watchman clocks.

The E. Howard & Company succeeded the Howard & Davis firm in 1857. The Howard and Davis firm was comprised of Edward Howard and David P. Davis and was established in 1842. Both men served their apprenticeship with Aaron Willard Jr of Boston. This firm was involved in watch and clock manufacturing since 1842. This firm also made high grade clocks, precision balances, sewing machines and fire engines. After the dissolution of Howard and Davis, Edward Howard went on to become Boston’s leading manufacture of weight driven clocks. This included residential clocks, commercial clocks and tower clocks. They also sold a large number of watchman and salve clock systems. These sold well in the late 1800’s.

It has been said that the E. Howard Clock company never made an inexpensive clock and that everything they made was of very good quality. As a result, Howard clocks have become very collectible and are prized by their owners. Today, the E. Howard clock name enjoys outstanding name recognition.

For a more in depth reading of E. Howard and his various businesses, please read “Willard’s Patent Time Pieces” written by Paul Foley.

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