E. Howard & Co., of Boston, Massachusetts. The Model Number 7. "School, Office and Bank Clocks."
This very impressive wall timepiece is called Model Number 7. It was manufactured by the E. Howard & Company of Boston, Massachusetts. It was originally marketed as being, "Well adapted for banks, insurance offices and large rooms." Of the five E. Howard & Company Figure Eight forms, the No., 7 is arguably the most difficult size to find. As a result, this is considered a rare clock and the most important version to find if your goal is to assemble the entire set.
The No. 7 is second to the largest of five sizes. This case measures 4 feet 2 inches long. It is constructed of black walnut and retains its original finish which has been recently waxed and rubbed down. The front of this case is also a door. This example has the applied half round moldings that trim the middle section. Most figure eight forms are flat in this location. The door 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 wooden 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. Both painted have been professionally restored.The heavy iron dial on this clock measures 12 inches in diameter and is in good original condition. It is 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 script lettering. It reads, "E. Howard & Co., / Boston." This is an original signature.
The hands are done in a traditional format for this form having open moons out on the ends.
The weight driven movement is constructed in brass and is 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 with a recoil escapement. The pendulum is carefully suspended from the bridge which is mounted to the top of the movement. The rod is made from straight seasoned grained cherry and retains its original guilding. The 5.5 inch diameter bob is zinc and covered with a brass jacket. The brass is decorated with a number of engraved concentric rings. The original cast iron weight is impressed with the number 2. This clock is designed to run for 8 days on a full wind.
This clock was made circa 1875.
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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