E. Howard Clock Company Boston, Massachusetts. Regulator No. 13.

After the dissolution of the Howard & Davis Company in 1857, a catalog was printed in 1858 that respectfully announced the continuation of the business under the E. Howard & Co., name. This catalog stated that E. Howard & Co. was "now prepared to furnish to the Trade the well-known Clocks heretofore manufactured by H & D., as well as the Gold Standard Balances, and other fine work formerly made by them." The new company promised promptness and guaranteed the quality of their goods. One of the new clocks they offered in this catalog was the Regulator 12 and 13.

The E. Howard Regulator 13 is a case style that was offered in three cataloged sizes. The largest was the No. 12 having a 14 inch diameter dial and a case that measured approximately 62 inches in length. The No. 13 featured a 12 inch dial and a case that measured approximately 56 inches long. Lastly, the No. 14 was made with a 10 diameter dial and a case that measures 42 inches long. The cases of all three model were constructed in black walnut unless another wood was specifically requested. It terms of Howard clock production, these three models are early clocks and seem to have fallen out of favor in the early 1870’s. Very few clocks are recorded in the surviving Howard order books which begin in August of 1872.

This is the E. Howard Regulator No. 13. This is a difficult model to find. Less than a hand full have been offered on the public market in the last twenty or so years.

This is an exceptional example. The black walnut case has been protected with a shellac based finish. The finish has been rubbed out and waxed. The surface is pleasing to look at and exhibits some depth. The entire of the front is an access door that is hinged on the right. It locks closed. This is interesting to note because very few large regulators made in this early period feature locks. The door is fitted with large moldings. The upper molding forms the dial bezel. This also conforms to the rounded shape of the top of the case. The bezel measures 17 inches in diameter and is fitted with glass in order to protect the dial. The painted zinc dial is original to this clock and is in very good original condition. It measure 12 & 5/8 inches in diameter and the time ring is 11 & 1/2 inches across. This dial is signed "E. Howard & Co. / Boston." The hours are indicated in Roman style figures. A subsidiary seconds dial is positioned below hour number XII. The hands are steel and retain much of their original bluing. Their design incorporates an open diamond out on the end of the hand. The lower section of door is also fitted with a glass panel that is framed with an additional applied molding design. This original glass tablet is decorated in the traditional E. Howard paint pattern of black, red and gold. The center is left open or clear in order to view the pendulum. Additional moldings decorate this unusual case style. They provide a three dimensional visual presentation to the case. The lower bracket which sweeps back to the wall completes the bottom of the case design.

The 8-day weight driven movement is constructed in brass and is excellent quality. The Maker’s name can be found die-stamped into the front plate. Both rectangular shaped plates are quite heavy and are finely finished. They are supported with four movement posts. Currently the Geneva stop work is missing. We will restore this. Its’ purpose is to prevent one from over winding the clock. This movement is designed to beat seconds. Sixty beat per minute. It features a Graham dead beat escapement. It is also fitted with maintaining or retaining power. This is a device that maintains power on the great wheel while in the process of winding this clock. This has two positive effects. First, it prevents the loss of time while winding. Secondly, it protects the teeth on the escape wheel due to the size and weight of the 8 inch pendulum bob which is located at the bottom of the pendulum. The pendulum is carefully suspended by a double suspension spring which is supported at the top of the movement. The rod is made from straight grain cherry that was appropriately seasoned and retains its original gilding. The bob measures 8 inches in diameter. It is zinc and covered with a brass jacket or facing. The face of the bob is decorated with a number of engraved rings that formatted in a concentric pattern. The damascene decoration is in excellent original condition. This clock is powered by a weight. This example retains its original cast iron weight. This weight descends in its own channel that in enclosed in wood. The top facing surface is painted red and provides a backdrop for the pendulum rod to swing in front of. This clock is designed to run for 8 days on a full wind.

This fine clock measures approximately 56 inches long. At the bezel, it is 17 inches wide and 8 inches deep. It was made circa 1860.

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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