Howard & Davis No.1 Regulator. Boston, Massachusetts. (Albert Howard)
The No.1 Regulator is an impressive clock measuring 4 feet 2 inches long. This case is made of cherry wood and is lightly grained with india ink to simulate the look of rosewood. The tablets are painted in the traditional colors of back and gold. Both tablets are original to this clock. The pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry. It retains most of it’s original gilding and can be viewed through a clear opening in the throat tablet. The large heavy bob is zinc and is covered in brass. The motion of this can been easily seen through the opening in the lower tablet because is hangs from the front of the movement. The paper dial on this example is original to this clock and is in excellent original condition. It measures 12 inches in diameter and features a Roman numeral formatted time ring, subsidiary seconds dial and the Makers name and working location. The movement is excellent quality and is mounted to the backboard with taps. It is designed with heavy brass plates, a Graham Dead Beat Escapement, maintaining power, and a double suspension spring. As a result, these clocks vary only seconds a month and are excellent time keepers. The Geneva Winding Stop has been removed. The Front plate is die stamped "A. Howard Boston."
Albert Howard was born in Hingham, Massachusetts on May 20, 1833 and died in Dorchester, MA on January 1, 1893. He was a cousin of Edward Howard's and trained in the Howard & Davis firm. In fact he spent most of his working career involved with the various Howard Clock Companies. At the age of 22, he is listed as a clockmaker living in Roxbury in the Massachusetts Census. In 1857-58, he is listed in the Boston Directories as a clock and balance maker located at 109 Washington Street. Interestingly, this is the same address that Samuel Curtis and Edward Howard listed during this year. In 1858, he is again listed but as a "Clockmaker at Edward Howard's." In 1881, Albert became the general manager of the E. Howard Watch & Clock Company and at the time of his death, he was the superintendent.
Several wall clock examples are known signed by this Maker. A small number of clocks signed E. Howard are found with his die-stamp on the movement. This impressive wall hanging timepiece was made circa 1855.
About Howard & Davis of Boston, Massachusetts.
The Howard & Davis firm was formed in Boston, Massachusetts by Edward Howard and David Potter Davis some time in 1842. This partnership lasted approximately ten years. In 1844 through 1847, Luther S. Stephenson joined the partnership which was then called Stephenson, Howard & Davis. It is now currently thought that the Howard & Davis name was not used until after Stephenson left. It is reported that both Howard and Davis served their apprenticeship in clockmaking to Aaron Willard Jr. of Roxbury, Massachusetts. Together, they built a reputation for building very high quality items which included in addition to various forms of clocks, fire pumpers, postal or balance scales, and other measuring devices. In 1856, the Howard and Davis firm dissolved yet Howard continued to use the name until 1857. It appears David Davis continued the business alone at a location on 15 Washington Street. Edward Howard formed the E. Howard Clock Company and enjoyed many prosperous years making clocks and latter watches until he retired in 1881.
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