E. Howard & Co., of Boston, MA. Model No. 27/28. An unusual size marble faced wall clock.

Marble Dial Clocks were original designed for and used in banks, halls, public buildings, hotels, railway depots, church galleries and all large apartments. Marble was used as a material and accepted by the public because it’s distinctive look. The surface of these clocks are easy to keep clean and are very durable. As a result, it was a popular product.

This is an unusual example in that it is a transitional size. The marble measures 2 feet 6 inches from top to bottom in length. Two models are listed in the E. Howard catalogs that share this wonderful form. The Model No. 27 is listed as being 2 feet 11 inches in length and is considered by many to be a big clock that is not well proportioned. The model no. 28 is cataloged as measuring 2 feet 4 inches in length. That model is well proportioned and displays nicely on the wall. This clock is also well proportioned and is considered by many to be a pretty form. The front of the case is a single piece of marble that measures approximately one half of an inch thick and 2 feet 6 inches in length. The marble is mounted with two large screws onto a pine case that forms the structure of the form. The upper section of the clock incorporates a dial that measures approximately 14 inches across and features a Roman hours and Arabic numerals at each five minute marker along the time ring. The five minute markers, interior ring and Maker’s signature are painted in red. The paint on this example has been strengthened. The time is indicated on the front of the clock with the two decoratively formed hands. The motion of the pendulum can be viewed through the clear aperture located in the lower tablet. This tablet is painted from the back and features traditional colors of black and gold for this model. This tablet is mounted in the shaped opening located in the lower section of the marble. Behind the marble is the weight driven movement. It is brass and of very good quality. The Maker’s name is die-stamped on the front plate. The pendulum rod is made of wood and has been gilded. The bob is zinc, covered in brass and id decorated with several concentric rings. This is a pleasing design. The weight is cast lead and is original to this clock. This clock was made circa 1875.

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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