E. Howard & Co. Model No. 5. Boston, Massachusetts. A wall timepiece. 218042

This attractive timepiece is called the Model Number 5 and was made by the E. Howard & Company of Boston, Massachusetts.

The E. Howard & Company offered five sizes of this very popular banjo form. This example is the smallest of the five and is the most commonly found. The largest size of the form is cataloged as the Model Number 1.

This Number 5 size has very pleasing proportions measuring approximately 29 inches long. The case is constructed in cherry and this example retains its original grain painted decoration. (Howard banjo clock cases were originally constructed in cherry wood and grained with India ink in order to simulate the rich look of the grain found in rosewood.) The frames are fitted with reverse painted tablets or glasses. This design of black, gold and red are formatted in the traditional E. Howard color combinations. The glasses have been professionally repainted. The movement is made of brass and is excellent quality. It is weight driven and has a recoil escapement. It is a very accurate time keeper for it's small size. The movement is die stamped on the front plate, "E. Howard & Co, / BOSTON." The painted iron dial measures seven inches in diameter. It is signed in a script letter format. The original weight is cast in iron. The brass bob features a ring turned design. This decorative bob is supported by the original wooden rod.

This clock was made circa 1870.


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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