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 not the smallest of the five. It is the next size up and is seldom seen in the marketplace. This clock displays the time on a dial that measures a full 14 inches in diameter. The three larger models offered dial sizes that include 16, 20, and 24 inches. The size of this dial makes this an unusual clock. Compared 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 in excellent working condition. The proportions of this case are quite pleasing. This example is constructed in oak. The natural light color of the oak wood has been altered with a red-tinted finish. The wood presentation is more comparable to the color of cherry. The lower section of this case has been restored. It is easy to speculate that the brass cord that initially supported the drive weight failed, and as a result, the weight fell through the bottom of the case. The restoration of this area is very well done. This case is also die-stamped with the number “2” in at least three separate locations. The stamped number can be found on top of the bezel and on top of the case frame. It is also stamped on the inside of the lower door frame. There is evidence that a tag was affixed to the lower section of the frame at the bottom. This suggests that this clock was originally located in a commercial space. The Boston Fire Department was known to have pinned numbers on their clocks in this same location. The numbers were used to track each clock and its service records. The tag that was on this clock is now gone. The large circular wooden bezel is fitted with glass. It frames the 14-inch diameter zinc dial. This dial retains the Maker’s original block letter signature. Unfortunately, this signature does not show well in the photographs. It is much easier to view this in person.

The brass, eight-day, weight-driven clock mechanism is of excellent quality. The Howard Clock Company guaranteed this clock not to vary more than one minute a month. The movement is secured to the backboard with a single screw into the backplate. Four turned pillars support the two rectangular-shaped brass plates. The Maker’s name and model number “70” are die-stamped into the front plate. Hardened steel shafts support the polished steel pinions and the brass gearing. The escapement is a recoil design. The pendulum hangs from the bridge on the front of the movement. The wooden rod supports a bob that is zinc and covered in brass. This brass surface has lost its original decorated surface.

The reverse painted tablet in the lower door is painted in the traditional Howard colors of black, red, and gold. This tablet is restored but appears to be original to this clock.

This clock 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 well 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.


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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