E. Howard & Co. Boston. The Model No., 70 in a mahogany case.
The E. Howard & Company offered five different sizes of the Model 70 form. This example is the smallest of the five. The largest and rarest size is seldom seen. It has a dial that measures a full 24 inches in diameter and the case is 4 feet 8 inches long. This smaller size was copied by many of Howard's competitors because it was successfully sold. It was used extensively in the Boston Public School System as well as the Boroughs of Greater New York and many other places as the Standard School Clock. It is reported that the United States Government specified it as the "Standard for all Public Buildings." One would also see this model in use in many of the Nations railroad stations. Some of which included: The Elevated Railroad Stations of New York City, the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, the Central Railroad of New Jersey, the West Shore Railroad of Boston & Albany and nearly all Railroad Companies throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.
This Number 70 is good overall condition. The case is constructed in mahogany and retains an older if not an original finish. Mahogany cased examples are somewhat difficult to find today. This is a result of so few being originally manufactured as compared to the more common oak and ash wood examples. The 12 inch dial is painted on tin or zinc. It has been slightly modified on the two sides by the hours three and nine. For what ever reason, it has been slightly trimmed. The background or wood in this area has been painted white to help hide this alteration. Fortunately, one cannot see this when the dial bezel door is closed. The Maker's name is signed on the dial in block letters above the numeral "six." The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. This movement is designed to run for eight days on a full wind. The Maker’s name and model number 70 are die-stamped into the front plate. The weight is cast iron and is original to the clock. The pendulum rod is made of wood and is painted black. The bob is zinc, covered in brass for compensation. The concentric ring turned decoration is in excellent original condition and this pattern suggests to me that this clock is a later example. The reverse painted tablet is done in the traditional Howard colors of black, red and gold. This tablet appears to be original to this clock.
This fine example was made circa 1900. It measures approximately 32 inches long.
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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