E. Howard & Co. Model No. 70 wall clock. Boston, MA. 221006

and retains a very light finish. The color is excellent. The 12 inch dial is painted onto a zinc pan and is original to this clock. The Maker’s name is signed on the dial in block letters above the hour numeral VI. Behind the dial is the weight driven movement.

The works are constructed in brass and are very good quality. The Howard Clock Company guaranteed this clock not to vary more than a minute a month. The plates are finished in a nickle plating. The Maker’s name and model number “70” are die-stamped into the front plate. The screws used in the construction of the movement have been blued. The escapement is a recoil design and the drive weight is cast iron. The pendulum rod is made of wood and supports a bob that is zinc and covered in brass. The brass is decorated with a series of rings. This treatment is original to the clock. The pendulum swings in front of a wooden weight board that is painted black. The reverse painted tablet is done in the traditional Howard colors of black, red and gold. This is an original tablet. This clock is designed to run for eight-days on a full wind.

This fine example and was made circa 1910. The case measures approximately 32 inches long overall.

The Model 70 was successfully sold. It was used extensively in the Boston Public School System, in the various 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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