E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Model No. 69. THE C. & G. COOPER CO. / MT. VERNON, OHIO /STAR BRASS MFG. CO. / BOSTON, MASS. -SOLD-

This Marine clock features a polished brass case that measures approximately 11 & 7/8 inches in diameter and 4 & 3/8 inches deep. It excellent quality and quite heavy. The brass is a deep yellow color with a hint of rose. The bezel is the hinged. It opens from the left allowing one to access the dial. The engraved brass dial measures approximately 9 inches in diameter across the time ring. The time ring features large Arabic numerals. The five minute markers are indicated with arrow points inside the closed minute ring. A small interior ring marks the seconds and are indicated by a small second hand. The Retailer’s name, location of manufacture and location of the original purchaser is located on the dial below the winding arbor. This clock reads, “THE C. & G. COOPER CO. / MT. VERNON, OHIO /STAR BRASS MFG. CO. / BOSTON, MASS.” This is clearly marked in capital letters. The movement is very good quality. It is finely finished throughout with a jeweled escapement and a chronometer balance. It is adjustable. As a result, it will then fulfill all requirements of a chronometer balance. It spring wound and designed to run 8 days on a full wind. This means that this clock will continue to run while being moved. The plates are rectangular and are nickeled. The front plate is nicely decorated with a damascene designed and is also die stamped by the manufacturer, “E. Howard & Co. / Boston. / 18.” This clock was made circa 1880.

Marine clocks were built for ships, steamers, yachts, locomotives, engine rooms or other places where pendulum clocks cannot be used on account of vibration.

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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