E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Model No. 70-12 wall clock. "School, Office or Bank Clock."

This Number 70 is excellent overall condition. The case is constructed in oak. These wooden cases can be finished in a variety of colors or tones. This example retains a light blond finish. The reverse painted tablet is done in the traditional Howard colors of black red and gold. This tablet has been fully restored and a brighter shade of red has been chosen for the center field. The bezel opens from the left in order to access the dial. This dial measures 12 inches in diameter. The painted is supported on zinc pan and is original to this clock. The Maker’s name is signed on the dial in block letters above the Roman hour numeral “VI.” The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. It is designed to run for eight days on a full wind. The Maker’s name and model number “70” are die-stamped into the front plate. The weight is cast iron and is original to the clock. The pendulum rod is made of wood. The bob is zinc, covered in brass for compensation. The damascene decoration applied to the bob is in good original condition. Please note the original setup label that is pasted on to the weightboard. It is in good overall condition.

This fine example was made circa 1895. The case measures 32 inches long, 15.5 inches wide and 5 inches deep.

The Model 70 was successfully sold. It was used extensively in the Boston Public School System, in the various Boroughs of Greater New York and many other places as the Standard School Clock. It is reported that the United States Government specified it as the “Standard for all Public Buildings.” The were ordered for many of the United States Court Houses and Post Office across the country and the U. S. Treasury building. One could also see this model in use in many of the Nations railroad stations. Some of which included: The Elevated Railroad Stations of New York City, The Pennsylvania Railroad Company, The Central Railroad of New Jersey, West Shore Railroad of Boston & Albany, The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Company of Denver, Colorado and nearly all Railroad Companies throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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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