E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Model No. 70. (14 Inch dial.) Howard wall clock.
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 second size and is seldom seen. This clock displays the time on a dial that measures a full 14 inches in diameter and the case measures approximately 36 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 Number 70 is excellent working condition. The case is constructed in oak and retains a light blonde appearance. This original finish has been nicely rubbed down and the color is excellent. The proportions of the case are quite pleasing. The 14 inch dial is painted on tin and retains its’ original signature which is formatted in block lettering. The size of this dial makes this a hard to find model. In comparison to the 12 inch dial examples of the Model 70, we have had very few opportunities to purchase the 14 inch model. The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. The Maker’s name and the numeral "5" are die-stamped into the front plate. The plates are heavily cast and are supported with four brass posts. The escapement is a recoil format. This clock is an excellent timekeeper. The weight is cast iron and bears the number "70." The pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry. This rod supports a zinc bob which is covered in brass for compensation and decoration. The brass surface still retains its original damascene decorated surface. 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. It is in good condition experiencing some minor lifting of the paint. This clock is designed to run for eight days on a full wind and was made circa 1900.
This clock was most recently located in a Boston medical office. It has provided excellent service there for the last 30 plus years.
This fine example is inventory number 213048 and is sold fully serviced and in excellent working order.
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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