E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Model No. 70-12 (12 inch dial) wall clock. "School, Office or Bank Clock." A walnut cased example.

This Number 70 is very good original condition. The case is constructed in walnut and maintains its original finish. As a result, their are some areas of the shellac surface that have thinned due to normal use. This is most evident around the area of the wooden bezel. It is not distracting to the look. In fact, if you like old surfaces, you may find this quite pleasing compared to a case that has been recently refinished. The darker wood has a very masculine appearance. The 12 inch dial is painted on tin and is original to this clock. The Maker's name is signed in block letters above the numeral "six." The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. This movement is designed to run for eight days on a full wind. The Maker’s name and model number "59" 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 is painted black. The zinc bob is covered in brass and the damascene decoration that is applied to it is in excellent original condition. The reverse painted tablet is done in the traditional Howard colors of black red and gold. This tablet appears to be original to this clock. This fine example was made circa 1900. It measures approximately 32 inches long.

This clock is inventory number 214139.

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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