E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Electric Clock. 21.5 inch diameter wall clock with a 16.5 inch diameter green marble dial. 213089

The E. Howard Clock Company entered what was then the new field of electric time keeping in 1872. They did this by adding electrical contacts to several of their high grade weight driven regulators. This included their varied line of observatory grade regulators. The second category was their line of Watchman's clocks which were made in significant numbers and was a big part of the Companies business an focus. They quickly added a Master Clocks to their production line. These were often outfitted with a number of electric secondary clocks or slave clocks. This line was sold through the 1950's. The secondary movements were typically driven by either 30 second or 60 second impulses. This impulse was originated by the electrical contacts that were fitted into the master regulators or even on tower clocks movements. E. Howard was a late entry in self-winding time systems. They produced their first self-winding master clock in about 1904 or 1905. These clocks were wound every minute and the movements were modified from an existing E. Howard movement. The master clocks were most often in the Model Number 89 case forms. E Howard used a paper tape program system for scheduled bell ringing but never did develop any type of automatic correction for their systems. E. Howard was still active as a supplier of electric time systems thru 1941. Their interest in the electro-mechanical clock business dropped off before World War II but they did supply replacement parts as late as 1964.

This is an E. Howard & Co electric Clock or Secondary Clock. The dial is marble and measures 24 inches in diameter. The marble is in excellent condition. Light grain lines give the stone visual depth. The hour figures and minute dots are brass and retain their original nickel finish. These are applied to the front surface. This dial retains the Company’s name. It is signed in block lettering across the middle just below center. The hands are simple formed. The metal bezel also forms the case. The bezel measures 21.5 inches in diameter across the front. The back of the case is recessed to 18.25 inches in diameter. This clock was most likely design to fit into an opening in the wall. The bezel being mounted flat against he vertical surface. The Howard made movement is signed or die-stamped on the front plate. The escapement in the movement is electrically powered and is operated by an electrical circuit. An electrical impulse is sent from a modern computer chip that is now located with in the case. This impulse is sent to the movement from the circuit once each minute. The power source is from a standard wall outlet. These movements are robust and work very well.

This clock can be located in any position, without reference to convenience in winding, as it requires none.

Approximate dimensions. The front bezel measures 21.5 inches diameter. Across the back, the case is 18.25 inches in diameter. It is less than 5 inches deep. The Green marble dial is 16.5 inches in diameter.


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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