E. Howard & Co., of Boston, MA. Model No. 58-8. Wall clock. -SOLD-
This number 58 model is becoming a difficult clock to find today. This clock is the smallest of 3 sizes, measuring 3 feet 6 inches long with a dial that is approximately 8 inches in diameter. The case is made of oak and retains an older finish. The zinc dial is original to this clock and features a block signature. The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. Maker’s name is die-stamped on the front plate along with the number “5.” This is the same movement used in Howard's Model Number 5. The pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry and has been silvered. The bob is zinc covered in brass for compensation. It has also been silvered and is decorated with an engine turned design that is in outstanding condition. This clock will run for 8 days on a wind and was made circa 1860. In 1842 this clock cost $30 new.
Edward Howard was born in Hingham MA in 1813. He began his five year clock apprenticeship to Aaron Willard, Jr. at the age of sixteen. There he met David P. Davis and later formed a partnership under the Howard & Davis name. In 1857, Davis left and the “Howard Watch and Clock Co.” more commonly known as the “E. Howard Clock Co., Boston” was formed. Edward Howard went on and continued to develop a reputation for building wonderfully made clocks. They were used in the home, office, bank, reception rooms and tower clocks. In 1882 he retired with a wonderful reputation.
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 Paul Foley’s book, Willard’s Patent Time Pieces.
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