E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Model No. 58-8. A weight driven wall clock.
This case is made of oak and retains an older finish. The color is excellent. It is best described as a rich honey color. The zinc dial is original to this clock and features a block signature. The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. Maker’s name is die-stamped on the front plate along with the number "5." This is the same movement used in Howard's Model Number 5 or banjo clock. The pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry and has been silvered. The bob is zinc covered in brass for compensation. The bob retains its nickle finish that is decorated with an engine turned design. This is in excellent condition. This clock is weight driven and designed to run for 8 days on a wind. This example was made circa 1890.
The number 58 model is becoming a difficult clock to find today. It was offered in three sizes in the E. Howard catalogs. The smallest measured 3 feet 6 inches long and has a dial that is approximately 8 inches in diameter. The middle size was 4 feet 3 inches long and had a dial that measured 10 inches in diameter. The largest version, has a case that measures 5 feet 4 inches long and a dial that is 12 inches across. The first orders for this model occurred on March 23rd in 1882. Six examples were made for Howard’s Boston office. This indicates that they were sold locally. Three examples were made in oak, three examples were made in walnut wood. Approximately 50 clocks of this model were ordered in its’ first year of production. This model caught on quickly.
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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