E. Howard Clock Company Model No., 14. Boston, Massachusetts. A wall clock.

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 excellent example measuring approximately 42 inches long. The case is made of black walnut and has been recently refinished. The color is excellent. The front serves as a door. It is fitted with two sections of glass. The upper section is left clear in order to view the dial. The lower section is decorated in the tradition colors of black, gold and red. It is formatted so that one can view not only the pendulum bob, but also the gilded wooden the pendulum rod. Open this door and one can access the dial and pendulum. The dial is iron and features an original script signature. The time is displayed with open diamond shaped hands. The movement is excellent quality. It is weight driven movement and designed to run eight-days on a full wind. It features a recoil escapement and is considered an excellent time keeper. The plates are cast in brass. The front plate is die-stamped with the Maker’s name and working location. It reads, “E. Howard & Co. / Boston.”

This clock was designed for excellent service. 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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