E. Howard & Co. Model No. 71 Wall Regulator. Boston, Massachusetts.

This clock is catalog as the Model Number 71. This, like most big Howard regulators, is not an easy model to find. Very few examples have recently come to the marketplace. The Model No. 71 is listed in the 1889 regulator catalog as originally selling for $75. This example would have cost a bit more than the standard example because it was fitted with a fancy glass pendulum. The 71 was first introduced in the Howard line as a custom Model No. 59. The first clock was ordered by E. Howard’s New York Office on February 19th, 1878. In 1879 Howard sold only two examples noted as 71 Regulators. Its popularity grew slowly.

This is a large and attractive victorian style wall clock. It measures approximately 5 feet 10 inches long, 21.5 inches wide and is 9.5 inches deep. It has pleasing proportions in that it is not overbearing hanging on the wall. The case wood is oak with mahogany accents. This example retains an older finish. The top of the clock is surmounted with three turned wooden finials. The center finial is mounted on a crest. The long center door and the side panels are fitted with glass. Fully turned columns flank the sides of the case. The bottom bracket steps back to the wall. The finials mounted hear feature carved details that are nicely executed. Looking through the glass one can view the dial and the pendulum. The dial measures 12 inches in diameter and is painted on zinc. The zinc dial pan is original to the clock. The painted surfaces have been professionally restored a number of years ago. The dial pan is trimmed in a wooden half round bezel. The dial features a Roman numeral time track, a subsidiary seconds bit and a block letter signature. The round wooden pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry. It supports a glass jar that is decoratively cut and trimmed in brass. This is filled with lead giving one the illusion that it is filled with mercury. The glass jar is said to have been made by the Sandwich Glass Company. The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. This clock is designed to run for 8 days on a full wind. The large brass plates are damascened. The front plate bears the Maker’s trademark diestamp. The movement features a Graham Dead Beat escapement, retaining power and a Geneva stop winding mechanism.

This clock was made circa 1890.

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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