E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. The Model No. 70-16 wall clock. The middle size.

The E. Howard & Company offered five different sizes of the Model 70 form. This example is the not the smallest of the five. It is the middle size and is seldom seen. This clock displays the time on a dial that measures a full 16 inches in diameter and the case measures approximately 42 inches long.

The Model 70 was successfully sold. It was used extensively in the Boston Public School System, in the various 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.

This larger size Model Number 70 measures 42 inches long and features a dial that is 16 inches in diameter. As a result, the time can be easily viewed across the distance of most rooms. This case is constructed in oak and retains an older original finish. Quarter sawn selections of wood were used on the sides of the case. The grain pattern exhibited here is vibrant. The 16 inch dial is painted on tin and retains the original signature which is formatted in block lettering. The size of this dial makes this an unusual clock. In comparison to the 12 inch dial examples of the Model 70, we have had very few opportunities to purchase the 16 inch model. The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. The Maker’s name is die-stamped into the front plate along with the number “4.” The plates are heavily cast and are support with four brass posts. The escapement is a recoil format. The original weight is cast iron. The pendulum rod is made of wood that supports a zinc bob that is covered in brass for compensation and decoration. The brass surface still retains it’s original damascene decorated surface. This clock is designed to run for eight days on a full wind. It is an excellent timekeeper. The reverse painted tablet is original to this clock. The artwork is done in the traditional Howard colors of black, red and gold. The paint work is lifting slightly in a number of areas giving the design and interesting appearance from the front. The clockmakers set up label is pasted inside the door frame. This is in excellent condition.

This fine example was made circa 1890. It has the following approximate dimensions in inches. 46 long. 20.5 Wide. 5.5 Deep. It is inventory Number XX-25.

JAD

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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