E. Howard & Co., Boston, Mass. Model No. 58-12 in walnut. A large wall clock. YY62

The Number 58 model has become a difficult clock to find today. It was offered in three separate sizes in the E. Howard clock catalogs. The smallest example measures 3 feet 6 inches long and is fitted with a dial that is approximately 8 inches in diameter. The middle size is 4 feet 3 inches long and features a 10 inch diameter dial. The largest version, has a case that measures 5 feet 4 inches long and the dial measures 12 inches in diameter. The first orders placed for this model occurred on March 23, 1882. Six examples were made for Howard’s Boston office in that year. This suggests that all six of those clocks were sold somewhat locally. Three of those clocks were made in oak and the other three were made in walnut wood. In total, approximately 50 clocks of this specific model were ordered in its first year of production. This model caught on in the marketplace somewhat quickly.

The model offered here is the largest example. It features a case that is constructed of black walnut and retains an older finish. Please note the decorative details that are incorporated in the design of this model. Some of these include a number of reeded details, Eastlake style carvings, radiant fans in the door and multiple turned finials. The painted zinc dial is original to this clock and features a block style signature. The weight driven movement is brass and is very good quality. The Maker’s name and working location are die-stamped on the front plate. This movement is also fitted with a Geneva stop works winding provision. The works are weight driven and designed to run for 8 days on a wind. The pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry and has been treated with a gold finish. The bob uses zinc as the weight and this covered in brass for compensation. This bob retains its original finish and is decorated with an engine turned design. All of which is in good original condition.

In the 1889 Howard catalog, this clock was listed for sale at a cost of $65.

This fine example was made circa 1890.

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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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