E. Howard & Co. Model No. 4. Boston, Massachusetts. Wall clock. Banjo clock. 218028

This is a very nice example of E. Howard’s Model Number 4. It was made by the E. Howard & Company of Boston, Massachusetts circa 1870.

This model is the second smallest of the five banjo sizes offered by this company. It measures a very manageable 32 inches in length. As a comparison, the smallest example of this set is the No. 5 and that clock measures 29 inches long. The No.1, the largest of the five banjo forms measures a full 50 inches in length.

This case has very pleasing proportions. It is constructed in cherry and retains its original grain painted decoration.This grain pattern was done in ink with the intention of simulating the bold grain patterns found in rosewood. The finish is quite nice and could possibly be original. Is has taken a darker tone and the surface can be best described as being heavy. The original shellac has slightly broken down The rounded frames are fitted with glass. The two lower panels are decorated or are painted from the back in the traditional E. Howard colors of black, gold and red. These appear to be older restorations painted on old glass. The bezel is fitted with clear glass. This protects the dial. This model features a dial that measures 8 inches in diameter. This original dial is painted on an iron dial sheet. The company name and the city location is signed in block lettering. The movement is made of brass and is excellent quality. It weight driven and features a recoil escapement. It considered to be an accurate time keeper. The movement is die stamped on the front plate, “E. Howard & Company, Boston.” It is powered by the original cast iron weight and is designed to run eight days on a full wind. The pendulum rod is wood and supports a bass faced lead bob. This bob is decorated with a concentric ring turned design. Every other ring retains its original damascene design. This is an excellent bob.

This example was made circa 1870. Inventory number 218028.

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 “Willard’s Patent Time Pieces” written by Paul Foley.


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