E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Model No. 4. Wall clock or banjo clock.

This is a very nice example of the Model Number 4. It was made by the E. Howard & Company of Boston, Massachusetts.

This model is the second smallest of the five banjo sizes offered by this company. It measures a very manageable 32 inches in length. As a comparison, the smallest example of this set is the No. 5 and that clock measures 29 inches long. The No.1, the largest of the five banjo forms measures a full 50 inches in length.

This case has very pleasing proportions. It is constructed in cherry and retains its original grain painted decoration. This grain pattern was done in ink with the intention of simulating the bold grain patterns found 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 maroon. These appear to be older restorations painted on old glass. The bezel is fitted with clear glass. This protects the dial. This model features a dial that measures 8 inches in diameter. This original dial is painted on a tin or zinc dial sheet. The company name and the city location is signed in block lettering. The movement is made of brass and is excellent quality. It weight driven and features a recoil escapement. It considered to be an accurate time keeper. The movement is die stamped on the front plate, “E. Howard & Company, Boston.” It is powered by the original cast iron weight and is designed to run eight days on a full wind. The pendulum rod is wood and supports a bass faced lead bob. This bob is decorated with a concentric ring turned design.

This example was made circa 1870.

Inventory number 214088.


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