E. Howard & Co., of Boston, MA. Model No. 23. Astronomical Floor Standing Regulator Clock. 214105

This floor standing regulator was made by the E. Howard & Company of Boston, Massachusetts circa 1860. This clock is cataloged as the Model Number 23 and the case is constructed in black walnut and retains it’s original finish. The color and tones are exemplary.

The brass dial measures approximately 16 inches in diameter. It is trimmed with a wooden bezel that is fitted with glass. The front surface of this brass engraved dial is treated with a silver wash. The decoration on the dial is engraved and filled with black wax. The minutes are displayed along the perimeter of the dial sheet. It is divided into sixty divisions. Each of the five minute markers are indicated in Arabic numerals. The Maker’s name is engraved across the middle of dial in large block lettering. It reads “E. Howard & Co. Makers. Boston.” The seconds dial is enclosed with in the minute ring. This is also divided into sixty increments. Each of the ten second increments is marked with the corresponding Arabic numeral. The hour dial is positioned below the seconds dial. Each hour is represented with a Roman hour numeral. With in this subsidiary dial, the “Patented / May 11th 1858” is engraved or displayed. This date refers to the patent granted to E. Howard for the design of the Fay Escapement.

The heavily brass constructed movement is powered by two brass covered weights. These are supported by the correct five spoked brass pulleys. They are decoratively designed. With the power taken from two weights, this movement is designed to run for a 90 day duration. The weights cords wind up on grooved barrels that are mounted on the back side of the movement. This outboard arrangement is a very desirable. This movement is also fitted with maintaining power and a Geneva Stop winding mechanism. It may have had the Fay escapement originally fitted to it. The holes for this arrangement appear to have been pre drilled on numerous regulators of this period. It is now thought that it was a very difficult escapement to maintain and was often converted or substituted for the type of escapement shown here. This clock is fitted with a brass and steel pendulum rod, a decorative rating nut and 4 jar mercury pendulum bob.

This case stands approximately 87 inches tall.


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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