E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Model No. 10. "House and Counting-Room Clock." Figure 8 wall clock.
This is the Model Number 10 or more commonly called the "Figure Eight." This is arguably one of the most attractive antique wall clock forms in today's marketplace. This example is the smallest of 5 sizes that make up a set. This example measures approximately 2 feet 9 inches (33 inches) long. Of the five E. Howard & Company Figure Eight forms, the No. 10 is one of the more common sizes to find.
This case is constructed in black walnut and retains an older finish that has been rubbed out and presents itself on the lighter side of the color scale. This case features a flat throat frame and applied pendants at the top and bottom. The circular moldings are deep and well formed. They are designed with a very deep cove in the molding. Both painted tablets are original to this clock. The lower tablet is painted in the traditional E. Howard colors of black, red and gilt paint. The center section of the throat tablet has been left open in the center so that one can view the motion of gilded pendulum rod. One can view the bob through the lower circular tablet. The black painted weight board is original. It not only provides a guide for the weight or protection for the pendulum but is also used as a field of color for the pendulum to swing in front of. The clockmaker's set up label is applied to the back of the door. It is darkened with age.
The 8 inch dial is iron is signed by the Maker in a script format. The hours are indicated with Roman style figures. The Company name is signed below the center arbor in script lettering. It reads, "E. Howard & Co., / Boston." This is applied to a dial board which is mounted to the case.
The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. The Maker’s name can be found die-stamped on the front plate. The movement is designed with a recoil escapement and is considered to be a very accurate time keeper for its small size. The pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry and retains most of its original gilding. The pendulum bob is zinc. It is covered in brass for compensation. The brass is decorated with a damascene design. It is in very good condition. The weight is cast iron and is original to this clock. This clock is designed to run for 8 days on a wind and was made circa 1875.
Condition: This case has been refinished. The dial has been professionally repainted. The work is excellent. The movement has been recently serviced and is in excellent original condition.
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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