E. Howard & Co., Model No. 70-14 (14 inch dial) wall clock. "School, Office or Bank Clock." 219009.

The E. Howard & Company offered five different sizes of the Model 70 form. This example is the not the smallest of the five. It is the second size and is seldom seen. This clock displays the time on a dial that measures a full 14 inches in diameter and the case measures approximately 36 inches long. The size of this dial makes this an unusual clock. In comparison to the 12 inch dial examples of the Model 70, we have had very few opportunities to purchase the 14 inch model.

This Number 70 is excellent working condition. The case is constructed in oak and has been finished in a deep reddish tone. The proportions of which are quite pleasing. The lower section of this case has been restored. This may have been as a result of the weight cord failing at one time. It is easy to speculate that the cord that originally supported the weight failed and it fell through the bottom of the case. The replacement section is well made. This case is also die-stamped with the number “2” in at least three locations. The stamped number can be found on top of the bezel and also on top of the case. It is also located inside the door on the frame. The door frame shows evidence of having at one time a tag affixed to it at the bottom. This would suggest that it was located a commercial space originally. The Boston Fire Department was known to have pinned numbers on their clocks in this location in order to track the service record for each clock. The tag that was on this clock is now gone. The large circular bezel is fitted with glass and frames a zinc dial that measures 14 inches in diameter. This dial retains the Maker’s original block letter signature. This signature for some reason does not show well in the photographs. It is much easier to view this in person. The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality and is designed to run for eight days on a full wind. The Maker’s name and model number “70” are die-stamped into the front plate. Both plates that frame the movement are brass. The weight that powers this clock is iron and bears the number “70” cast into the front surface. The pendulum rod is made of wood that supports a zinc bob that is covered in brass. This brass surface has lost its original decorated surface. The reverse painted tablet is done in the traditional Howard colors of black, red and gold. This tablet appears to be original to this clock.

This clock and was made circa 1900. It is approximately 36 inches long, 18 inches wide and 5 inches deep.

The Model 70 was successfully sold. It was used extensively in the Boston Public School System as wells as the Boroughs of Greater New York and many other places as the Standard School Clock. It is reported that the United States Government specified it as the “Standard for all Public Buildings.” One would also see this model in use in many of the Nations railroad stations. Some of which included: The Elevated Railroad Stations of New York City, The Pennsylvania Railroad Company, The Central Railroad of New Jersey, West Shore Railroad of Boston & Albany and nearly all Railroad Companies throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Inventory number 219009.

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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