E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Model No. 7. Figure Eight wall clock.

“School, Office and Bank Clocks.”

This very impressive wall timepiece is called Model Number 7. It was manufactured by the E. Howard & Company of Boston, Massachusetts. It was originally marketed as being, “Well adapted for banks, insurance offices and large rooms.” Of the five E. Howard & Company Figure Eight forms, the No., 7 is arguably the most difficult size to find. As a result, this is considered a rare clock and the most important version to find if your goal is to assemble the entire set.

The No. 7 is second to the largest of five sizes. This case measures 4 feet 2 inches long. It is constructed of black walnut and retains its original finish which has been recently waxed and rubbed down. The front of this case is also a door. This example has the applied half round moldings that trim the middle section. Most figure eight forms are flat in this location. The door is hinged and swings to the right. This door is fitted with glass. The upper glass is clear and through it, you are able to view the dial. The middle tablet or throat glass is decorated in black and gold from the back. The center section is left clear so that you can view the motion of the gilt wooden pendulum rod. The lower circular tablet is painted in the traditional E. Howard colors of black, red and gold. The center of this is also left clear in order to view the brass faced pendulum bob. Both painted have been professionally restored.

The heavy iron dial on this clock measures 12 inches in diameter and is in good original condition. It is painted with a heavy coat of paint. The hours are indicated with Roman style numerals. The Company name is signed below the center arbor in script lettering. It reads, “E. Howard & Co., / Boston.” This is an original signature.

The hands are done in a traditional format for this form having open moons out on the ends.

Inventory number 213140.

The weight driven movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. The Maker’s name can be found die-stamped into the front plate. The plates a quite heavy and are finely finished. This movement is designed with a recoil escapement. The pendulum is carefully suspended from the bridge which is mounted to the top of the movement. The rod is made from straight seasoned grained cherry and retains its original guilding. The 5.5 inch diameter bob is zinc and covered with a brass jacket. The brass is decorated with a number of engraved concentric rings. The original cast iron weight is impressed with the number 2. This clock is designed to run for 8 days on a full wind.

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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