E. Howard Watch & Clock Company. Hall Striking Clock. Model No. 303 Hall clock. 220007

In the fourth quarter of 1884, the E. Howard Company expanded their catalog to include the Hall clock. The Model 77 was first of this form to be produced. The first example was sent out to the Boston Office in September of that year. Two additional examples were made before September of the following year when they were joined by the Model No.‘s 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84 and in 1888 the No.,‘s 87, 88. All of the clocks are listed in the known Howard catalogs. Any of these case styles could be ordered with a variety of movements and dials. Prices for these movement and dial combinations ranged from $60 to as much as $500 depending on the configuration. The basic set up was a 14 inch round brass dial with Antique Figures in black. The brass was treated with a silver wash. The hands were an English pattern. They were hour striking only and this was done on a wire gong. The works were designed with a Graham Dead Beat escapement and maintaining power, a full length pendulum composed of a gilded cherry rod, and a rayed solid brass pendulum bob. The weights and bob were finished.

The most elaborate sets of works, with out going into a special order were the No, 79 and the No 82. The 15 inch arched dial featured a lunar calendar, seconds and hourly circles that are finished in silver and have black enameled figures. On the arch are engraved figures representing the lunar calendar. At the the corners and in the center are placed special ornaments in relief, richly gilded and os artistic design. Th back of the dial is made of thick, specially made brass and silver finish. On the hemispheres are engraved the meridian lines of latitude and longitude, and the outlines of continents and largest islands.

The works are highly finished throughout. It is fitted with a Graham Dead Beat escapement and maintaining power. The hours are struck on deep toned cathedral gong. The quarters are signaled by playing the Westminster chimes on wire gongs, or Cambridge Chimes on saucer gongs, at will of made silent. The heavy full length pendulum is mercurially adjusted to temperature and is as finely and carefully made and adjusted as those made and applied to Regulators for the most accurate service in Astronomical observations. The weights are brass and are highly finished to match the pendulum. This set up cost $500.

In 1893, The Howard clock Company offered 5 additional Hall clocks. All five are in their 300 series. The first is model 300. Other model numbers included the 301, 302, 303 and the 304. To my knowledge, these are not pictured in any of the existing Howard catalogs. Based on the records, It appears that these models were all two weight versions. Several clocks were built to a grand scale.

The Model 303. (You will not find this information anywhere else.)

This model November 303 was first made on March 29, 1893. Seven examples are listed in the Howard records as being produced over a brief period of three years. The first clock was cased in mahogany. The dial and movement were used from the Model No., 82. The No., 82 was first offered in September of 1885. The dial of the first 303 clock was to be signed, “Mfg. For / The Duhume Company / by / The E. Howard Watch & Clock Co.,” and was sold out of the Chicago Office. (The Duhume Company was a jewelry store located in Cincinnati. It is recorded as having the capability of doing some light jewelry manufacturing. This business closed its doors in 1807.)

A second clock was made in that year and sent to the NYO.

Example numbers 3 and 4 were sent to the New York Office in 1894.

The last three clocks were made in 1895 and all three were also sent to the New York Office.

Based on the notes, this clock was most likely made in March (28) 1895.

This very impressive mahogany case measures approximately 8 feet 8 inches tall to the top of the center finial. It was made by the E. Howard Clock Company of Boston, Massachusetts. According to the Howard records that have survived, a small number of hall clocks were ordered in the 1893 through 1896. These clocks are not listed in the Howard catalogs that have survived. They were originally given model numbers. These include the Numbers 300, 301,302, 303 and the 304.

This very impressive mahogany case measures approximately 8 feet 8 inches tall to the top of the center finial. It was made by the E. Howard Watch & Clock Company of Boston, Massachusetts. The mahogany case retains its original finish. The decorations are finely made to the highest standards of craftsmanship. These decorative details are located throughout the design of the case. The hood or bonnet features in a nicely shaped top. Two carved decorative elements are positioned on the outer corners above the upper molding. A large carved finial in the form of an urn and a flame is centered at the top of the cornice molding. A waterfall carved cartouche forms the finial plinth and hangs over the cornice molding and transitions into the decorative vine carving located in the frieze section. The bonnet then steps down and in again to form the main structure of the hood. The square shaped hood door features a a glass fitted tomb-stone shaped opening. The upper panels are decorated with additional carvings. The front corners of the hood are fitted with fully turn columns. These are tapered, fluted and terminate in Corinthian carved capitals at the top. The bonnet sides are also decorated with panels. This theme is repeated in the waist and also in the base sections. The waist section pinched like that of a more traditional tall clock case form. This greatly improves the overall proportions of the case. The lancet-shaped door is fitted with beveled glass. Through this door one can view the two brass covered drive weights and the brass faced pendulum bob. The wooden rod that supports this is gilded. Behind the pendulum is the Makers cast brass name plaque. It reads, “MADE BY / THE E. HOWARD WATCH &CLOCK CO. / 383 WASHINGTON ST., BOSTON. / 41 MAIDEN LANE., NEW YOURK. / 34 WASHINGTON ST., CHICAGO.” Additional decorative carvings are applied to the front of the case above the upper corners of the waist door on the frame of the case. This door is flanked by smoothly turned and fluted quarter columns. The sides of the waist are paneled. The base is elevated off the floor on four carved feet. They are in the form of animal paws and applied to a double step molding. All three sides of the base are paneled. The front panel is decorated with a large oval panel. Around this are additional carved details.

The dial is brass and measures 13 inches across. The lunette is fitted with a moon phase calendar dial. The arch is decoratively engraved and engine turned. The time ring and seconds ring have been silvered and the minute and seconds divisions and also the hour numerals are treated with a black enamel. This dial is inscribed “E. Howard & Co. / Boston” on a plaque above the hour VI. The dial corners or spandrels are finely finished with a special design. The hands are an english pattern.

The eight-day time, hour and half hour strike movement is very highly finished throughout. The heavy brass plates are made of specially hard rolled brass are supported by four turned posts that are secured with screws. The screws are blued. The pinions are cut from solid steel and are hardened and drawn by experts to the proper temper. This reduces friction and requires less weight to drive the movement insuring many years to the life of the clock. The escapement pallets are ground and polished by machinery giving them the true circle, producing a real dead-beat escapement and the correct angle to the impulse faces. The movement beats dead-beat seconds, have maintaining power, adjustable pendulum, moon dial springs and let-down clicks. The hours and half hours are struck on a deep toned coil wire gong. The gong is mounted to a sound board above the movement. The two weights are finished in brass sleeves that are polished. The gilded cherry pendulum rod supports a brass-faced pendulum bob. The pendulum tie-down is also brass.

The mahogany case measures approximately 8 feet 8 inches tall to the top of the center finial. The clock was made circa 1895. 220007.

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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