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

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. Of the five E. Howard & Company Figure Eight forms, the No. 10 is one of the more common sizes to find.

This case is constructed in black walnut and retains an original finish. It is currently very dry. This is particularly true at the top and bottom sections of the case. As a result, one has the opportunity to leave it as it sits or to finish it to one personal tastes. 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. 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 clear opening in the lower circular tablet. The weight board is painted black and shows considerable age. It is most likely a very old replacement. This board not only provides a guide for the weight or protection form the pendulum, but is also used as a field of color for the pendulum to swing in front of. The clockmaker’s case stamp of “33” is stamped into the back of the door.

The 8 inch dial is iron is signed by the Maker in an original script format. The hours are indicated with Roman style figures. The Company name is signed below the center arbor in script lettering. It reads, “E. Howard & Co., / Boston.” This is applied to a dial board which is mounted to the case. This dial is in excellent original condition.

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 movement is designed with a recoil escapement and is considered to be a very accurate time keeper for its small size. 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 is decorated with a damascene design. It is in very good condition. 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 1865.

Condition: This case has not been refinished. One molding on the upper left side of the bezel has been re-secured or glued. The weight board is an old replacement. The weight is cast iron. It looks to be an old replacement. The weight board has been shimmed out slightly to accommodate the thickness. A small piece of wood in the upper right corner of this board is missing. The bottom has been re-glued. The joint on the right is the roughest. It can be improved. The dial is excellent. The movement has yet to be serviced. The bob is very good.

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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