E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Model No. 7. Figure Eight wall clock.
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 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.Inventory number 213140.
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.
The E. Howard & Company succeeded the Howard & Davis firm in 1857. The Howard and Davis firm was comprised of Edward Howard and David P. Davis and was established in 1842. Both men served their apprenticeship with Aaron Willard Jr of Boston. This firm was involved in watch and clock manufacturing since 1842. This firm also made high grade clocks, precision balances, sewing machines and fire engines. After the dissolution of Howard and Davis, Edward Howard went on to become Boston’s leading manufacture of weight driven clocks. This included residential clocks, commercial clocks and tower clocks. They also sold a large number of watchman and salve clock systems. These sold well in the late 1800’s.
It has been said that the E. Howard Clock company never made an inexpensive clock and that everything they made was of very good quality. As a result, Howard clocks have become very collectible and are prized by their owners. Today, the E. Howard clock name enjoys outstanding name recognition.
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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