YY-62 E. Howard & Co., Boston, Mass. Model No. 58-12 in cherry. A large wall clock. YY62

The Howard Number 58 model has become a difficult clock to find today. As a result, we see very few opportunities to purchase this model in any given year. The first orders for this clock were placed on March 23, 1882. Six examples are recorded as being sent to Howard’s Boston office. Three of those clocks were made in oak, and three were made in walnut wood. In total, approximately 50 clocks of this specific model were ordered in its first year of production. This model is cataloged in three sizes. The smallest example measures 3 feet 6 inches long and is fitted with a dial that is approximately 8 inches in diameter. The middle size is 4 feet 3 inches long and features a 10-inch diameter dial. The largest version of the three has a case that measures 5 feet 4 inches long, and the dial measures 12 inches in diameter.

The example offered here is the largest model. The case is constructed in cherry and retains a clean, modern finish. Please note the decorative details that are incorporated in the case design. These include reeded moldings, Eastlake-style carvings, radiant fans in the door, and multiple turned finials. The painted zinc dial is original to this clock and features a block-style signature.

The movement is located behind the dial secured to the backboard. This is constructed in brass and is of excellent quality. Two large brass rectangular-shaped plates support the steel shafts that support the gearing. The front plate is die-stamped with the company name. This reads, “E. Howard & Company / BOSTON.” The works are weight-powered or driven and features a recoil escapement, and a Geneva stop works winding provision. The cast-iron drive weight is original to this clock. The numeral “1” is cast into the weight. The pendulum hangs from a bridge that is mounted to the front plate. The pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry and retains its’ original gold finish. The bob uses zinc as the weight, which is covered in brass for compensation. This bob retains its original engine-turned decoration that is in the finish. All of which is in good original condition.

In the 1889 Howard catalog, this clock is listed for sale at the cost of $65.

This fine example was made circa 1890.

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About Edward Howard of Boston, Massachusetts.

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 clock apprenticeship under the guidance of Aaron Willard Jr in Boston. The Howard & Davis firm made high-grade clocks, precision balances, sewing machines, fire engines, watches. After the dissolution of Howard and Davis, Edward Howard became Boston’s leading manufacturer of weight-driven residential, commercial, and tower clocks. Howard also sold a large number of watchman and salve clock systems. These sold well in the late 1800s.

It has been said that the E. Howard Clock company never made an inexpensive clock, and 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 Edward Howard and his various businesses, please read “Willard’s Patent Time Pieces” written by Paul Foley.

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