E. Howard & Co., Boston, MA. Custom order wall regulator for The PNC Bank in Pittsburgh.

This clock is a special order from the Howard Clock Company in Boston, Massachusetts. The case is constructed of cast brass and large glass panels. It is a very impressive clock having the following dimensions: It is 68 ¾ inches long, 27 ¼ inches wide and 14 inches deep. The dial measures a full 20 inches in diameter. The ornate brass framing was most likely designed by the architect in charge of the furnishing of the original room in which it was placed. Most recently, this clock was displayed in the executive reception area of PNC – Pittsburgh Financial Services Group. PNC is now the eighth largest bank in the US and is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has been in business in Pittsburgh for over 100 years.

This case exhibits a number of decorative details. Some of these incorporated in the cast brass moldings. Floral themes, egg and dart patterns, bead work and Corinthian style capitals are all present. The large door, located on the front of the case, is fitted with a large piece of clear glass. Through this door, one can view the large brass 20 inch dial. This has been treated with a silver wash and features Roman hour figures. This dial is trimmed with a brass bezel or ring. The hands are wonderfully formed in steel.

The weight driven movement is very good quality. It is framed with two large brass rectangular shaped plates. The front plate is die-stamped by the maker in the upper left hand corner. As advertised, "The wheels are carefully and accurately cut from hard rolled clock brass; the pinions and arbors are cut from solid bar steel, tempered and highly polished." This movement also features a Graham Dead Beat Escapement, maintaining power and a Geneva Stop set up prevents one from over winding the movement. It is seconds beating and designed to run for eight days on a single wind. It is wound with a crank key through the front of the dial. The brass weight is attached to a large five spoked pulley and descends directly below the movement in front of the pendulum. This movement is mounted to the case via a cast brass decoratively designed bracket.

The pendulum is mounted to the back of the case and swings behind the weight. The rod is made of steel and and appears to have been nickled. This rod supports two large molded glass jars that are filled with mercury for the purpose of temperature compensation.

This very interesting example was made circa 1900 and is an excellent example of what was possible if one had the imagination to design a case for a specific location.

This clock is inventory number 217030.

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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