E. Howard & Co. of Boston, Massachusetts. The Model No. 58-8.
This number 58 model is somewhat difficult to find in today’s market. This clock is the smallest of 2 sizes offered, measuring 3 feet 6 inches long and having a dial that measures 8 inches in diameter. This example features a case that is constructed cherry giving it a rich royal color. The 8 inch dial is iron and is signed. The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. The Maker’s name is die-stamped into the front plate. The pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry and supports a zinc bob that is covered in brass for compensation. The bob has also been silvered or nickeled and is decorated with a crosshatched design. This clock is designed to run for 8-days on a wind and was made circa 1860. In 1842 this clock cost $30 new.
Edward Howard was born in Hingham MA in 1813. He began his five year clock apprenticeship to Aaron Willard, Jr. at the age of sixteen. There he met David P. Davis and later formed a partnership under the Howard & Davis name. In 1857, Davis left and the “Howard Watch and Clock Co.” more commonly known as the “E. Howard Clock Co., Boston” was formed. Edward Howard went on and continued to develop a reputation for building wonderfully made clocks. They were used in the home, office, bank, reception rooms and tower clocks. In 1882 he retired with a wonderful reputation.This clock is inventory number UU-83.
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