E. Howard & Company 1-5 banjos.
The E. Howard & Company offered five separate sizes of this Banjo form. The largest example of the five graduated sizes measures 4 feet 2 inches long and is called the Model Number 1 Regulator. For comparison, the smallest example measures 29 inches long and is called the Model Number 5. Traditionally, the banjo cases are constructed in cherry and are grained with india ink to simulate the rich grain pattern found in rosewood. The rounded frames are fitted with reverse painted tablets or glasses. The black, gold and red are the traditional E. Howard & Company color combinations. All are fitted with weight driven movements, constructed in brass and excellent quality. They are designed to run eight days on a full winding.
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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