E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Model No. 70-12. "School, Office or Bank Clock." The oak grain patterns are outstanding. -SOLD-

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 overall condition. The case is constructed in oak. The grain features a strong tiger pattern. It is vibrant. The 12 inch dial is painted onto tin pan and is original to this clock. The Maker's name is signed on the dial in block letters above the numeral "IV." The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. The Maker’s name and model number "70" are die-stamped into the front plate. The weight is cast iron and is original to the clock. The pendulum rod is made of wood. The bob is zinc, covered in brass for compensation. The damascene decoration apllied to the bob is in good condition. The reverse painted tablet is done in the traditional Howard colors of black red and gold. This clock is designed to run for eight days on a full wind and was made circa 1890. This example measures the standard 32 inches long.

It appears that Howard introduced the model No. 70 in 1877. On November 26th, The Everett Mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts ordered the first six examples at a cost of $30 a piece. At that time, the factory was calling them "New Drop Circulars." Sales started slow. In 1878, 17 examples were ordered by various business concerns. It is interesting to note that of the those ordered, all were 12 inch dials with the exception 2 examples which were ordered with 14 inch dials. In 1879, the design start to catch on with Howard taking orders for nearly 30 examples. One of these was the first 16 diameter dial example. It appears that the popularity of this clock continued to grow and the Model 70 was very 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.

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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