E. Howard & Co. Model No. 70-12 (12 inch dial) wall clock. "School, Office or Bank Clock." Ash case.

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.” One would 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 and nearly all Railroad Companies throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

This model number 70 is good overall condition. The case is constructed in ash and has a very light colored presentation. The 12 inch dial is painted onto tin pan and is original to this clock. The Maker’s name is signed on the dial in block letters above the numeral “VI.” The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. 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 and suports a bob that is zinc and covered in brass. The damascene decoration applied to the brass bob is in good condition. The reverse painted tablet is done in the traditional Howard colors of black red and gold. This glass has been professionally repainted.

This clock is designed to run for eight days on a full wind and was made circa 1900. The case measures approximately 32 inches long overall. It is inventory number 216005.

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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