E. Howard & Co., Boston, Massachusetts. Model No. 57. The Waterman clock.

You may have already rad about it. Ye,s we purchased it. This is a very impressive wall clock that was made by the E. Howard & Company of Boston, Massachusetts. This clock is cataloged as the Model Number 57. Because of a date stamp located inside the case and also an engraving that is located inside the main wheel, we know that this clock was made in March of 1890 and was "Set up" by L. P. Emerson in that month. This example is constructed in walnut and burled walnut veneers. It retains it's original finish.

This outstanding example, like most big Howard regulators, is not an easy model to locate. Very few large Howard clocks come onto the public marketplace. Today the are very desirable and eagerly sought out by a number of serious collectors. This model in the 1880's, would have sold for approximately $150. In comparison, the E. Howard model No. 5 banjo sold for $20.

This is a large wall clock. It measures approximately 73 inches long. At the upper molding it is 22.75 inches wide and measures 10.5 inches deep. The top of this case is surmounted with a carved crest. It features a carved detail in the form of a fan. This crest centers a single turned and carved wooden finial. The hood of the clock is fitted with glass on three sides. The front is hinged and opens as a door to access the dial. The long door forms the front of the case. It is fitted with glass. The door is paint decorated from the back with the following information in black and gold leaf. It Reads, "Presented to / Joseph S. Waterman, / By Friends, / December 1890”. The front corners of this lower section are fitted wit large turned quarter columns. They terminate in wooden capitals. The sides of this case are also fitted with glass panels. This allows ample light to enter the case. These side panels are framed with shaped moldings. The lower bracket is applied to the bottom of this case. Through the large glass door one can view interior of the case. The backboard is veneered in burled walnut. Mounted at the bottom board is a brass engraved beat scale. The scale has been silvered and is original to this clock.

The dial measures 14 inches in diameter and is brass and is incised with a traditional time ring, subsidiary seconds dial and Maker’s name. The time is indicated with the original blued pierced diamond hands.

The movement, Referred to as the model No. 3 is constructed in brass and is typical E. Howard quality. It is mounted onto a cast bracket with two large thumb screws. These are located at the bottom of the movement. The bracket is mounted directly to the backboard. The plates of this movement are heavily cast. The escapement is a deadbeat. This movement also features maintaining power. The pendulum is suspended from the bracket and features two suspension springs. The rod is made of seasoned cherry and retains it's original silver treatment. This rod supports a large cut glass jar. It is nicely formed and capped in decorative brass accents. The pendulum configuration is very impressive. The movement is weight powered. A brass covered cylindrical weight is hung in the center of the case and is attached to the cord with a large brass pulley. This impressive wall timepiece is designed to run for 8 days on a full wind.

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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