E. Howard & Company. Boston, Massachusetts. The Model No. 3 wall timepiece. 221219

This is a very nice example of E. Howard’s Model Number 3. It was made circa 1870.

The E. Howard & Company offered five different sizes of this Banjo form. This example is the middle size of the five and measures 39 inches in length and features a 9-inch diameter dial. The largest banjo model is called the Model Number 1 and is 50 inches long. The smallest example measures 29 inches long and is the Model Number 5.

This case has very pleasing proportions. It is constructed in cherry and retains its original grain-painted decoration. This faux grain pattern was applied with India ink with the intention of simulating the bold grain patterns naturally exhibited in rosewood. The finish is quite nice and could possibly be original. The rounded frames are fitted with glass. The two lower panels are decorated or are painted from the back in the traditional E. Howard colors of black, gold, and red. These appear to be older restorations painted on old glass. The wooden dial bezel is fitted with clear glass. This protects the 9-inch diameter and the hands. This original dial is painted on an iron dial sheet. The company name and the city location are signed in script lettering. The movement is made of brass and is of excellent quality. It weight driven and features a recoil escapement. It is considered to be an accurate timekeeper for its’ small size. The clock works die-stamped on the front plate, “E. Howard & Company / Boston.” It is powered by the original cast iron weight and is designed to run for eight days on a full wind. The pendulum rod is wood and supports a brass-faced lead bob. This bob is decorated with a concentric ring-turned design.

This example 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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