Just acquired an E Howard #00 Tower Clock

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  1. Stotman

    Stotman Registered User

    Nov 19, 2014
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    Hi, I just acquired this Howard #00 Tower Clock.

    Nice little clock with original paint, Has the serial number on the top.

    I wonder what happened to bend the winding shaft and curl the teeth on the escape wheels.


    BLKBEARD Registered User
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    Nov 15, 2016
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    Neat Clock!!

    What's your plans for it?
  3. Jim DuBois

    Jim DuBois Registered User
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    Well, the bend on escape wheel teeth like this occurs when the escapement fails and it spins wildly against a face of the verge. The winding arbor can be pretty readily bent by someone leaning heavily on the winding crank trying to turn it the wrong way, or the movement may have been dumped on a hard surface, or the movement may have been in a street clock that hit by a car or snow plow some time ago. I have had a couple with bent winding arbors. They can usually be straightened by removing the drum and shaft from the movement, heating the shaft red hot and nudging it back into proper alignment with necessary tools. More of a blacksmith sort of work than clock maker. The escape wheel will need to be replaced I suspect. The escape wheels are usually cast brass and they tend to crumble when trying to put them back right.
  4. Kevin W.

    Kevin W. Registered User

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    Nice find, maybe once in a lifetime, very nice.
  5. pmiddents

    pmiddents Registered User
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    The Howard records indicate that this clock was purchased in 1897.

    The Tower clock book entry reads: "Feb 2 13 7 Brooklyn, N.Y. Mindens Hotel. No 0 Time Piece. 1- dial 36" dia. Black Letters instead of figures. #1878."

    The numbers "13 7" refer to Clock Order Book No. 13 page 7. On that page is this entry: "#2137 Jany 21.ordered by New York Officeship to same for Minden's Hotel, Boulevard, Brooklyn.1 No 0 Time Part Tower Clock, for 1 dial 36" dia., with black hands,dots,and letteres instead of figures. MINDEN'S HOTELSoon as possibleprice $100.00 set up. Chg'd FEB __^[[2]] 1897."

    The #2137 in the Clock Order Book is the order number and is not related to the serial number which is recorded only in the Tower Clock book. The records call this clock a No. 0. This is not inconsistent with the clock actually being a "00" Howard never used the "00" designation and probably referred to both models as No. 0 in the records.
    Paul Middents
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