E. Howard Figure Eight wall clock. "House and Counting-Room Clock." The Model No., 10

This model number 10 or the “Figure Eight” form is arguably one of the most attractive antique wall clock forms in today’s marketplace. This example is the smallest of 5 different sizes measuring 2 feet 9 inches long. The case is made of black walnut and it retains an older if not original finish. The condition of which is very good making this a very desirable example. The 8 inch dial is iron and retains it’s original signature which is done in a script format. This dial has a few areas of very minor losses. The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. The Maker’s name can be found die-stamped on the front plate. The flat pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry and retains its’ original gilding. The pendulum bob is zinc. It is covered in brass for compensation. The brass is decorated with a number of concentric engraved rings. The tablets or glasses found in this clock are painted in the traditional E. Howard colors of black, red and gold. These are not original to this clock. They have been professional repainted. The weight board is painted red. It not only provides a guide for the weight or protection for the pendulum but is also used as a field of color for the pendulum to swing in front of. The weight is cast iron and is original to this clock. This clock is designed to run for 8 days on a wind and was made circa 1870.


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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