E. Howard Clock Company Boston, Massachusetts. Model No., 14. Wall clock.
This clock is an early E. Howard form that was made in three variations. The largest size is the model 12 and is listed as a Watchman’s Regulator. It is 5 feet long and the dial measures 14 inches in diameter. This model came in a number of movement and pendulum configurations. The Number 13 is 4 feet 8 inches long and has a dial that measures 12 inches in diameter. This clock has the Number 1 set up in terms of movement and pendulum It beats seconds, has maintaining power and a deadbeat escapement. The Number 14 is the smallest of the three. The case measures 3 feet 6 inches long and the dial is 10 inches in diameter. It is interesting to note that the vast majority of the 14’s were ordered before the 1880’s and that the majority of these were sent to regions outside of New England.
This is an excellent example. The case is made of black walnut and retains and older finish. It measures approximately 42 inches long. The front also serves as a door. It is fitted with two sections of glass. The upper section is left clear in order to view the dial. The lower section is decorated in the tradition colors of black, gold and red. The format also one to view not only the bob but the rod of the pendulum. Open this door and one can access the dial and pendulum. The dial is iron and features an original script signature. The hands are an open moon form. The movement is excellent quality. It is weight driven movement and designed to run eight-days on a full wind. The front plate is die-stamped with the Maker’s name and working location. It reads, "E. Howard & Co. / Boston." This movement features a recoil escapement. The pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry and retains its original gold leaf treatment. The heavy lead bob is covered in brass and features a damascened design or pattern on the front surface.
This clock was designed for excellent service. It was made circa 1870.
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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