E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Model No. 1. Regulator wall clock.

"Watchmakers', Bank and Public Office Clock."

This very impressive wall timepiece is called the E. Howard Model Number 1. It was manufactured by the E. Howard & Company of Boston, Massachusetts. It was originally marketed as a regulator for watchmaker and was also advertised as being, "Well adapted for banks, insurance offices and large rooms."

The E. Howard & Company offered five graduating sizes of this Banjo form. This example is the largest of the five of graduated sizes measuring 4 feet 2 inches long. For comparison, the smallest example measures 29 inches and is called the Model Number 5. Because of this clockmakers popularity, this Model Number 1 has become difficult to find in today's marketplace.

Traditionally, the banjo cases are constructed in cherry and are finished with a faux grain pattern in india ink that simulates the rich grain pattern found in rosewood. This is true of this example. The grain pattern exhibited on this example has been professionally restored. The frames are fitted with restored reverse painted tablets or glasses. The black, gold and red are the traditional E. Howard & Company color combinations. The weight driven movement is constructed in brass and is excellent quality. It is designed to run eight days on a full winding. It features a Graham Dead Beat Escapement, a Geneva Stop winding mechanism and maintaining power or retaining power gearing. The Maker’s name is die-stamped into the front plate, "E. Howard & Company, Boston." Both plates are highly finished and feature a damascene deign. The 12 inch enameled dial is iron and is signed by the Maker. This model, again the largest size, features a subsidiary seconds dial with in the time track. The other four Howard banjo models do not. This dial is signed in block lettering by the Maker. The original weight is cast in iron. The brass bob features a ring turned design. The bob is supported by the original wooden rod which is gilded. This example retains the Clockmaker's original set-up label. This label is pasted to the bottom board inside the case.

This clock was made circa 1880 and is an very good example. It is considered a very accurate time keeper.

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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