Early E. Howard Regulator
This is a very early and rare custom case E. Howard regulator, circa 1860, made shortly after Davis left Howard & Davis.
The 51" case is very heavy with a very dark original finish. The original painted dial is signed "E. Howard & Co, Boston", and the back of the dial has a service marking "1873". The dial backboard has a small metal pin that fits perfectly into a notch in the metal dial. Both reverse painted glasses are wavy and original, with a little inpainting, lower glass is cracked at the very top right corner. The entire inside of the case is painted black, could be original. The heavy weight travels inside a baffled chamber into a cutout at the bottom of the case, very old and could be from the factory, not sure.
The heavy trapezoidal movement is damasced and signed "E Howard & Co". A previous owner marked the movement "Roy Newman Pittsburg PA. Acquired 1965". The pendulum is nicely damasced and the wooden stick is gold gilded. Original door lock and key are working, and the pendulum tie down is present. No label found anywhere.
Schmitt sold a sister clock on May 9 2009, catalog page 92, and they indicated only two were known to exist. But the previous owner said four were made.