E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Model No. 10. "House and Counting-Room Clock." Figure 8 wall clock. -SOLD-

This is the Model Number 10 or more commonly called the "Figure Eight." This is arguably one of the most attractive antique wall clock forms in today's marketplace. This example is the smallest of 5 sizes that make up a set. This example measures approximately 2 feet 9 inches (33 inches) long.

This case is constructed in black walnut and retains an original finish. The condition of which is very, very good making this a very attractive example. This case features a flat throat frame and applied pendants at the top and bottom. The circular moldings are deep and well formed. They are designed with a very deep cove in the molding. The dial has been professionally repainted. It is an outstanding example. It is signed "E. Howard & Co." in script. The place location of "Boston" is presented in a block format. This dial is applied to a wooden dial board. The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. The Maker’s name can be found die-stamped on the front plate. The pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry and retains most of its original gilding. The pendulum bob is zinc. It is covered in brass for compensation. The brass features a concentric ring turned design. Both painted tablets are original to this clock. The lower tablet is painted in the traditional E. Howard colors of black, red and gilt paint. The center section of the throat tablet has been left open in the center so that one can view the motion of gilded pendulum rod. One can view the bob through the lower circular tablet. The black painted weight board is original. It not only provides a guide for the weight or protection for the pendulum but is also used as a field of color for the pendulum to swing in front of. The weight is cast iron and is original to this clock. This clock is designed to run for 8 days on a wind and 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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