E. Howard & Co., of Boston, Massachusetts. The Model No. 9, "House and Counting-Room Clocks." A Figure 8 wall clock.
This very attractive wall clock is called the Model Number 9. It was manufactured by the E. Howard & Company of Boston, Massachusetts. It was originally marketed as being well suited for "House and Counting-Room Clocks." Of the five E. Howard & Company Figure Eight forms, the No., 9 is one of the more common sizes to find. This figure eight form is always a favorite form of those who visit our shop.
The No. 9 is the one of the smaller sizes of this model. This example measures approximately 3 feet 1 inches long. The case is constructed in black walnut and retains an older finish. The color is excellent. The front of this case serves double duty. It is also a door. This door is hinged and swings to the right. All three cut outs are fitted with glass. The upper glass is clear and through it, you are able to view the dial. The middle tablet or throat glass is decorated in black and gold paint from the back. The center section is left clear so that you can view the motion of the gilt wooden pendulum rod. The lower circular tablet is painted in the traditional E. Howard colors of black, red and gold. The center of this is also left clear in order to view the brass faced pendulum bob. Both tablets are original to this clock and exhibit very minor losses to the original paint decoration.The heavy iron dial on this clock measures 9 inches in diameter and is in very good original condition. 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 an original signature.
The time is indicated in the traditional format. The hands are designed with open moons out on their ends. These are original to this clock.
The weight driven movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. The Maker’s name can be found die-stamped into the front plate in the upper left corner. The plates a quite heavy and are finely finished. This movement is designed with a recoil escapement. The pendulum is carefully suspended from the bridge which is mounted to the top of the movement. The rod is made from straight grain cherry. Before it was constructed the wood was appropriately seasoned. It now retains its original gilded treatment. The bob is zinc and covered with a brass jacket. The brass is decorated with a number of engraved concentric rings. Ever other one is decorated with a damascene design. The original cast iron weight is powers the movement to run for 8 days on a full wind. The weight descends behind a wooden weight board. This board appears to be original to the clock but has been recently repainted black.
This clock was made circa 1875.
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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