E. Howard & Co. Boston. Model No. 10 "House and Counting-Room Clock".
This model number 10 or the "Figure Eight" form is arguably one of the most attractive antique wall clock forms in today's marketplace. This example is the smallest of 5 different sizes measuring 2 feet 9 inches long.
This case is constructed in black walnut and retains original finish which has darken over time and now looks wonderful. The condition of which is very, very good making this a very desirable example. This case features a flat throat frame and applied pendants at the top and bottom. The circular moldings are deep and well formed. They have a very deep cove in the molding. The 8 inch dial is iron and retains it's original signature which is done in a script format. The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. The Maker’s name can be found die-stamped on the front plate. The pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry and retains its original gilding. The pendulum bob is zinc. It is covered in brass for compensation. The brass features a ring turned decoration. The tablets have been professionally repainted in the traditional E. Howard colors of black, rd and gilt paint. The center section of the throat tablet has been left open in the center so that one can view the motion of gilded pendulum rod. One can view the bob through the lower circular tablet. The weight board is painted black. It not only provides a guide for the weight or protection for the pendulum but is also used as a field of color for the pendulum to swing in front of. The weight is cast iron and is original to this clock. This clock is designed to run for 8 days on a wind and was made circa 1875.
Edward Howard was born in Hingham, Massachusetts in the year 1813. He began his five year clock apprenticeship service to Aaron Willard, Jr. at the age of sixteen. There he met David P. Davis and later formed a partnership under the firm name Howard & Davis. In 1857, Davis left the firm and Howard formed the “Howard Watch and Clock Co.” more commonly known as the “E. Howard Clock Co. Edward Howard continued in business and built wonderfully made clocks for the home and for commercial or public settings. In 1882 he retired with a wonderful reputation.
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