E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Model No. 89. A second generation wall regulator. -Sold-
The construction of this mahogany case is designed to compensate for expansion and contraction as a result changes of humidity and temperature. This very model was specially designed for commercial applications and was used extensively by jewelers, watchmakers and train dispatchers. It was advertised by the E. Howard firm as ."… the best regulator value on the market."
Ten examples were tested in August of 1889. The regulators tested were furnished to the Buffalo, B. & S. W., the Niagara Falls division of the New York, Lake Erie and Western Railroads. These ten clocks had an average variation from the mean of only 8.9 seconds over the period of one months time. The greatest variation was measured at 24 seconds. Other clocks performed even better. A clock located in the Wabash Station in Moberly, Missouri ran 18 days right on time and 30 days with a three second variation. A clock at the Union Depot in Cleveland, Ohio ran 16 weeks with an extreme variation of only 3 seconds in any one week. As a result, it has developed a reputation of being a very sound time keeper.
This is an excellent example. The case is constructed in mahogany and retains it's original finish. The top of the case is finished with a large flat top molding. The front of the clock is fitted with a large door. Through the glass in this door, one can view the interior of the case including the painted dial and the pendulum.
The painted zinc dial is measures 12 inches in diameter and is original to this clock. It is signed by the Maker in block lettering. It features Roman hour numerals and a subsidiary seconds dial. The center of the seconds dial is left open in order to view the escapement and the minute contact. The outer edge of this dial is trimmed with a mahogany bezel or ring. The dial mounts directly to the movement via four posts.
The weight driven movement is very good quality. It is framed with two large brass rectangular shaped plates, both of which have been finished in silver wash. The front plate is die-stamped by the maker in the upper left hand corner. As advertised, "The wheels are carefully and accurately cut from hard rolled clock brass; the pinions and arbors are cut from solid bar steel, tempered and highly polished." This movement is also fitted with a minute contact. This was done at an additional charge of almost $25. This movement also features a Graham Dead Beat Escapement, maintaining power and a Geneva Stop set up prevents one from over winding this geneva stop winding. It is designed to run for eight days on a single wind. The movement is wound with a crank key. The weight falls down the right side of the case. This example uses a Number 1 style cast iron weight which is a replacement. Please note that this movement was photographed before servicing. THis movement is mounted to the case via a cast iron bracket.
This bracket also supports the pendulum. The rod is made of seasoned cherry and it retains it's original gilding. This rod supports the large brass covered bob that is filled with zinc for compensation. The brass is decorated with a concentric ring turned design.
This is a large and impressive looking clock. The case measures 59 inches long by 19 and 5/8 inches wide and 6 and 7/8 inches deep. It was made circa 1900.Inventory number 214083.
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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