E Howard Tower Clock research

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    #1 jbgator777, Dec 3, 2017
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    My father passed away last year. He owned and sold several clocks. He left us this tower clock. Trying to figure out the background on it. The serial number on the pedestal says either 1211 or 1811. A tag from the Auction he purchased it from, maybe in the 1990's, says "Utah Town Hall Tower Clock, E Howard &" We have the Vanduzen Bell and Iron Clock Faces. I have tried to make sense of the E. Howard Records, but cannot find our Clock's record.

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    #2 Jim DuBois, Dec 3, 2017
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    Utah
    8/297 #1 S Beaver UT 1889 Court House
    9/118 15' 4 dial PC Ogden UT 1890 J. S. Lewis & Co.
    8.243 #1 S Salt Lake City UT 1889 Culman Block
    10/23 12' 4 dial PC Salt Lake City UT 1891 Joslin & Park
    11/257 #3 Chimer Salt Lake City UT 1894 City & County Building

    Since you have the dials we can eliminate the clocks with the 12' and 15' dial I think? And the clock is not a chimer, so that leaves 2 possibilities, Beaver and Salt Lake City....
     
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    There is one other Utah clock in the Howard records on p.21 of Tower clock Book No. 1. It is a No. 1 striker in Salt Lake City. However, I don't think your clock is from Utah.
    First, your clock looks like a No. 2 striker based on its size. Serial No. 1211 (there is no entry for No. 1811) is on p. 13 of Tower Clock Book No. 1. This is a transcription of the entry:
    "Feby 6 (1889) 8 146 Des Moines, Iowa U.S.Custom.H+P.O. No 2 Half Hour Striker, No 1211"
    This is a scan of the actual entry on page 146 of Clock Order Book No. 8:
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    So all this says that your clock was probably ordered Dec 19, 1888 from the Howard Chicago office. It was a No. 2 half hour striking tower clock with 4-plate glass dials 4' 10" in diameter. The order included a 2500 lb bell. The total cost of $1500 included installation charges. The clock, serial no. 1211, shipped Feb 6, 1889.
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    Here is a picture of the Old Post Office in Des Moines, IA. The building was demolished in 1968.
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    Thank you guys. This gets me started in the Right Direction.
     
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    Keep us posted on what you decide to do with the clock.
     
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    Most clocks like that had a long pendulum, so some lucky person will not have to put a hole in the floor to run it.
     
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    Where in North Carolina are you? I sent you a message. When you get a chance, let me know. Depending on where you are, maybe I can drop by.
     
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    The Clock and Bell are in Charlotte, and the faces are in Statesville.
     
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    Scooter, I like your web site. Lots of interesting information.
     
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    Thank you! Work in progress. I appreciate the comments!
     
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    I would like to come see the clock, if that's okay. I'm right here close to you. Feel free to give me a call or email me. My cell number is 702-845-1874 and my email is cabtimesavers@yahoo.com. Thank you!
     
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    What ended up happening with this?
     
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    Hey everyone. I have an update to this thread, and hopefully I'm not speaking out of turn here, but a huge thanks to John, the OP of this thread, for posting here. Because he did, the E. Howard #2, 4 dials, and a big-'ol bell has found a great home! The clock was purchased by Phil Wright, a member here, and owner of the Tower Clock Company in South Charleston, Ohio. I feel very honored to have the opportunity to help with the move. Phil is a great guy and the clock will be right at home with him. Here's some pictures from the move. What an exciting day! Another beautiful clock saved! :)

    Sorry we didn't get to see you, John. We were hoping you would be there so we could get a picture with you.

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    Phil with his bell

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    It's not every day that a person gets a picture with a bell OUT of a tower, so we couldn't resist. Phil's good friend Bobby and myself.

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    After several hours of careful disassembly, careful packing, and some heavy lifting, the trailer was packed up and ready to hit the road!

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    Off to its new home!

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