E. Howard & Co. Model No. 70-12 wall clock. Boston, MA. 222001

This model number 70 is in excellent overall condition. The case is constructed in oak and retains a very light finish. The color is fantastic.

The zinc dial measures 12 inches in diameter and is paint-decorated. This original dial features a closed minute ring and Large Roman-style hour numerals. The Clockmakers’ name is positioned above the hour of VI in block lettering. It reads, E. Howard & Co. / BOSTON. Spade-shaped hands are used to display the time. Behind the dial is the weight-driven movement.

The brass, eight-day, weight-driven clock mechanism is excellent quality. The Howard Clock Company guaranteed this clock not to vary more than one minute a month. The movement is secured to the backboard with a single screw into the backplate. Four turned pillars support the two rectangular-shaped brass plates. The Maker’s name and model number “70” are die-stamped into the front plate. Hardened steel shafts support the polished steel pinions and the brass gearing. The escapement is a recoil design. The pendulum hangs from the bridge on the front of the movement. The wooden rod supports a bob that is zinc and covered in brass. A series of decorative concentric rings are engraved into the brass face. The bob swings in front of a painted wooden weight board. The lower door features a painted glass. The paint is applied from the back in the traditional Howard colors of black, red, and gold.

This fine example 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. The United States Government specified it as the “Standard for all Public Buildings.” One would also see this model 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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