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.
Edward Howard was born in Hingham, Massachusetts on October 6, 1813 and died in Dorchester, Massachusetts on March 4, 1904. He began his clock making career serving an apprenticeship with Aaron Willard Junior of Boston and then worked for Henry Plympton, a balance maker in Boston. Soon, in 1847, he formed a partnership with another Aaron Willard Jr. apprentice David P. Davis. Together, under the firm name Howard & Davis, they began to make fine wall clocks, regulators, scales and balances. Soon they took on Luther S. Stephenson and the Henry Hinckley and others. Their interests in business expanded or evolved into the manufacture of tower clocks, sewing machines, fire engines, watches and bicycles. Davis left the firm and Howard continued with his clock interests. The e. Howard Clock Company grew and continued in various forms. It continued to build on it’s international reputation for making high quality items. He eventually retired in 1882.
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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