E. Howard & Co. Model No., 70. Featuring a cherry case and a 12 inch dial.

This is the E. Howard model Number 70 wall clock. This is a very desirable example having a case that is constructed in cherry. The vast majority of the Howard 70 clocks manufactured were constructed in oak cases. This cherry cased version would have been a special order and used in a less commercial or warmer setting. It is in fine condition. The overall color is very good. The 12 inch dial is painted on tin and is original to this clock. It is signed by the Maker in block lettering. The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. The Makers’ name and model Number 70 are die-stamped into the front plate. The weight is cast iron and is original to this clock. It too features the number “70.” The pendulum rod is made of wood. The bob is zinc. It is covered in brass for compensation. 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 clock is designed to run for eight days on a full wind and was made circa 1890. This clock measures 32 inches long.

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 has much better proportions and this form was copied by many of Howard’s competitors. The Model 70 was successfully sold. It was used extensively in the Boston Public School System as wells 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, West Shore Railroad of Boston & Albany and nearly all Railroad Companies throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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 “Willard’s Patent Time Pieces” written by Paul Foley.

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