New Puchase-E Howard #70 Wall Clock

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  1. Russell Dickson

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    I finally got an E. Howard model Number 70 wall clock at auction. This case that is constructed in oak. The vast majority of the Howard 70 clocks manufactured were constructed in oak cases. It is in fine condition. The overall color is very good. The 12 inch dial is painted on tin and is original to this clock. It is signed by the Maker in block lettering. The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. The Makers’ name and model Number 70 are die-stamped into the front plate. The weight is cast iron and is original to this clock. It too features the number “70.” The pendulum rod is made of wood. The bob is zinc. It is covered in brass for compensation. The reverse painted tablet is done in the traditional Howard colors of black red and gold. This tablet appears to be original to this clock. This clock was made circa 1890 or so. This clock measures 32 inches long.

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  2. bruce linde

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    nice... congrats.
     
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  3. Jim DuBois

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    Nice buy! Congratulations!
     
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  4. Russell Dickson

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    Thanks, I have been trying to get one for quite a while now. They are so hard to get at a fair price, every auction I have bid at has been a blood bath, so to speak when trying to buy one.
     
  5. Russell Dickson

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    #5 Russell Dickson, May 10, 2019
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    Thanks, hard to get these at auctions without paying a tidy sum. I happy to say I got this for a very good price. I'm glad I wasn't bidding against you I am still licking my wounds over losing that moon phase banjo clock to you at auction a while back :)
     
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    if it's any consolation, the moon dial banjo clock is running great. o_O:):rolleyes:

    seriously... jealous of your e. howard. i'm keeping an eye out for one...
     
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    it almost looks like new!
     
  8. Russell Dickson

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    Yeah I am really happy to find one in such beautiful shape. The only thing that would have made it even better is if it was one of the more rare cherry cases, but I am not complaining about this one. I feel fortunate to have gotten it.
     
  9. Russell Dickson

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    I would love to see some pictures of it now that you have it up and running.
     
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    i guess you did some shopping at tom harris in marshaltown. very well bought i would say.

    there were some pinwheel regulators that sold cheap in that auction. some that didn't too.
     
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    #12 Russell Dickson, May 12, 2019
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    You know your auctions, I have gotten a few clocks from Harris over the years, but not this Howard, I paid about the same for mine as that one went for though. I have been trying to get a Seth Thomas #1 extra, came close the last few auctions, but every time one comes up it is a feeding frenzy, like with E Howard clocks. Very frustrating as a buyer, exciting if you were the seller I suppose
     
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    Wow! Great acquisition! For a clock that is 120 to 130 years old, it looks like it was taken care of quite well.

    Regards.
     
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    Great looking clock, you did really well. Very envious.;)
     
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    Does it have the cut out for the synchronizer?

    Ron
     
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    'the synchronizer'?

    more info, pls!
     
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    I stand to be corrected but I believe these clocks were used on the railway and as the rail demanded more accuracy synchronizers were installed. It was a mechanical device that received an electrical pulse that literally pushed the minute to the 12' o'clock position to synchronize the time acting as a slave I guess..

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    #18 Russell Dickson, May 13, 2019
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    That is the only reason I can think for that little hole cut out on the side of it would be for the purpose of a synchronizer, but I don't see any other signs of it on this clock.

    The E Howard #70 was used extensively in the Boston Public School System as wells as the Boroughs of Greater New York and many other places as the Standard School Clock. It is reported that the United States Government specified it as the “Standard for all Public Buildings.” One would also see this model in use in many of the Nations railroad stations. Some of which included: The Elevated Railroad Stations of New York City, The Pennsylvania Railroad Company, The Central Railroad of New Jersey, West Shore Railroad of Boston & Albany and nearly all Railroad Companies throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.
     
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    Yeah I got lucky. This clock was loved by the past owners for sure. I plan on following in the tradition.
     
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    A couple of those killed me to not bid on them, especially the Gilbert no 8.
     
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    what a beauty that was.....
     
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    congrats on finding a Howard #70. I can relate to yours and lot of others anguish in the pursuit of one. I found one on CL in Chicago a year ago and scratched that itch for a reasonable price. Yours looks to be very nice inside with all of the proper 70 markings. Not sure what to make of the hole on the side of the case, but it doesn't diminish the fact that it's a Howard 70. The synchronizer that's been referred to in some prior posts may be referring to a Lund Synchronizer - if you do a search on YouTube you can see how they worked. They actually corrected the minute hand at the top of the hour and had slots cut into the dial for the correcting arms. Yours doesn't have anything similar to that. Mine has a shadow on the bow-tie where there was a number plate at one time so it was likely in a school or government building. I also have a Chelsea #1 which is nearly identical to the 70 and it too has traces of once bearing a number plate. What surprised me about the Howard 70 was its physical size. I had envisioned it being as large as an ST #2 but it's a lot smaller and thinner. They are great clocks and nice to have in your collection. Great job!
     
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    #23 Russell Dickson, May 17, 2019
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    I have my #70 hung proudly in the dining room its new home.

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    Looks great, Russell!

    Regards.
     
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    #25 Russell Dickson, May 17, 2019
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    I was nervous hanging it, but got it hanging nicely.
     
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    Thanks for taking the time to comment. You are right about the size. I just picked up a Ansonia Santa Fe recently and thought the Howard would fall somewhere between its size and a #2 as well, but I was pleasantly surprised to see it is smaller. I will have to have a closer looker at in in the morning to see if I can find any signs of a previous life on mine, like you found on yours. My next itch that I am hoping to scratch is a Seth Thomas #1 Extra. but I am significantly satisfied with my #70 in the meantime
     
  27. Russell Dickson

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    Yeah I was drooling over that one too.
     

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