E. Howard & Co., of Boston, MA. Model No. 1. Regulator wall clock. This is an early example. -Sold-
This attractive timepiece is called the Model Number 3 and was made by the E. Howard & Company of Boston, Massachusetts.
The E. Howard & Company offered five different sizes of this Banjo form. This example is the middle size of the five. The largest size is called the Model Number 1 and is 50 inches long. The smallest example measures 29 inches long and is called the Model Number 5.
The Number 3 size has very pleasing proportions. It measures approximately 39 inches long. Traditionally, the banjo cases are constructed in cherry and are grain with india ink to simulate the rich grain pattern found in rosewood. This is true of this example. The case is constructed in cherry and it retains it's original grained painted decoration which is in excellent original condition. The frames are fitted with reverse painted tablets or glasses. The black, gold and red are the traditional E. Howard color combinations. The tablets on this example are original to this clock and are in excellent condition. The lower tablet reads, "Eli Holden / Philad." This glass would have been ordered directly from the Howard factory with this Jewelers name painted on the glass. The heavy iron dial is painted and measures nine inches in diameter. It is signed in script lettering by the Maker. The movement is made of brass and is excellent quality. It is die stamped on the front plate with the Maker's name, "Howard & Davis, Boston." The fact that this example has a Howard & Davis stamped movement suggests that it was made shortly after Davis left the partnerhip in 1857. Howard would have continued to use left over stock until it was replaced with components stamped with his name alone. The movement is weight driven and features a recoil escapement. This movement is considered by many to be an accurate time keeper. The original weight is cast in iron. The brass bob features a ring turned design. The bob is supported by the original wooden rod.
This clock was made circa 1858 and is an excellent example.Inventory number 214009.
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