E. Howard & Co. Clock. Model No. 11 Keyhole. 11 inch dial.
Edward Howard was trained as a Clockmaker by Aaron Willard, Jr. of Boston, Massachusetts. He joined with David P. Davis, also an A. Willard apprentice in the manufacturing high-grade wall clocks under the name of Howard & Davis in 1842. Together they became well known and respected as manufacturers of clocks as well as sewing machines, fire engines and precision balances. Sometime about 1843, they took on a third partner, Luther Stephenson, and began to manufacture tower clocks. In 1857, David P. Davis left the firm and Howard & Davis was dissolved. It was succeeded by E. Howard & Company which was located at 69 Washington Street and 15 Hawley Street in Boston. This new enterprise concentrated on the manufacture and sale of clocks of various kinds.
This excellent example was made by the E. Howard Clock Company and is called the Model No. 11. This model is often referred to as the "Keyhole" in the trade due to the case form and it's resemblance of a keyhole found in most doors of the period.
The case is constructed in cherry and is grained with India ink. The originally graining is in very good condition. The case measures a full 31 inches in length. The nicely shaped bezel is fitted with glass. This opens to access the painted dial which measures 11 inches in diameter. It is signed by the clockmaker in this location in a script letter format. The movement is made of brass and is excellent quality. It is weight powered or driven and has a recoil escapement. It is a very accurate time keeper for its small size. The movement is die stamped on the front plate, "E. Howard & Company, Boston." The cast iron weight is original to this clock. The brass bob is supported by the original wooden rod and features a ring turned design. This design includes a fancy damascene pattern. This can be viewed through the original lower glass that is decorated in the traditional black, gold and red colors. The red weight board is original to the clockt. Pasted inside the lower door is E. Howard's "DIRECTIONS FOR PUTTING UP THE CLOCK." This label has had some loss. Overall it is in very good condition and is a nice bonus.
This fine clock was made circa 1875. It is approximately 31 inches long. At the bezel is measures 13.25 inches wide and 4.75 inches deep.
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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