E. Howard & Co. of Boston, Massachusetts. The Model No. 6. "Watchman's Bank and Public Office Clock."
This Number 6 Regulator or the "Figure Eight" form is arguably one of the most attractive antique wall clock forms in today's marketplace. This impressive example is the largest of 5 individual sizes that share this distinctive form. This case measures 4 feet 10 inches long. It is made of black walnut and retains an older finish. The condition of which is very good making it a desirable example. The front of this case is also a door. It is hinged and swings to the right. This door is fitted with glass. The upper glass is clear and through it, you are able to view the dial. The middle tablet or throat glass is decorated in black and gold from the back. The center section is left clear so that you can view the motion of the gilt pendulum rod. The lower circular tablet is painted in the traditional E. Howard colors of black, red and gold. The center of this is also left clear in order to view the brass faced pendulum bob.
The dial on this clock measures 14 inches in diameter and is in very good original condition. It is iron and painted with a heavy coat of paint. The hours are indicated with Roman style numerals. The subsidiary seconds dial is divided into ten second increments. These are labeled in an Arabic format. The Company name is signed below the center arbor in block lettering. It reads, "E. Howard & Co., / Boston." This is an original block signature. It has faded over time
The hands are done in a traditional format for this form having open diamonds out on the ends.
The weight driven movement is constructed in brass and of very good quality. The Maker’s name can be found die-stamped into the front plate. The plates a quite heavy and are finely finished. This movement is designed to beats seconds. It features maintaining or retaining power. This is a device that maintains power on the great wheel while in the process of winding this clock. This has two positive effects. First, it prevents the loss of time while winding. Secondly, it protects the teeth on the escape wheel due to the size and weight of the pendulum and 8 inch bob. This movement also features a Graham dead beat escapement and a Geneva stop work which will prevent you from over winding this clock. The pendulum is carefully suspended by a double spring from the top of the movement. The rod is made from straight seasoned grained cherry and retains its' original guilding. The bob measures 8 inches in diameter. It is zinc and covered with a brass jacket for compensation. The face of the bob is decorated with a number of engraved concentric rings. The original cast iron weight is impressed with the number 6. This clock is designed to run for 8 days on a full wind.
This example retains its' original weight board which is painted red. This board 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. In addition, the Maker's original set up label is pasted inside the case on the bottom board. Approximately 65% of it remains in tact.
This fine clock was made circa 1875.
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