E. Howard "Regulator 36" Special Order

E Howard Regulator 36 Special

This appears to be a special order Regulator 36 made by E. Howard. Likely a one-of-a-kind. Circa 1871.

This gorgeous clock is 6' 10" top to bottom. The case appears to be figured walnut or mahogany, not sure. The carvings are intricate and made from single pieces of wood, no seams. And no alterations that I can find. All the decorations are solidly attached to the case, with the exception of the top carving fastened by two screws. The inside of the case is painted flat black.

The door for the dial is not hinged, it turns off. Two metal pins on the bezel fit into groves in the case. The bezel is beautifully done, curved and angled to match the lower door. The lower door is hinged. The entire door frame is angled, with the top and bottom curved. A key lock to the left locks the door. Key lock works, with an old key.

Behind the door is a large panel hiding the 13lb #1 weight. The panel is almost entirely covered by an old mirror. One of the curious things here is that the weight panel is not firmly screwed to the back. Four long screws are used to position it, but without the weight behind it the panel can be pushed in. Fortunately the fit is tight so it doesn't move easily.

The 14" painted dial is signed E. Howard and is attached to the case with small screws. Behind the dial is a large brass movement stamped E. Howard, attached to a seat board with two bolts from below. Under the movement is a four jar mercury pendulum. The steel pendulum rod is pinned to the suspension spring. Brass fittings hold the patterned glass jars in place. The back of pendulum is stamped 86.

There is a similar clock on display at the American Clocks and Watches Museum. At first glance they look identical but they are not. The decorations, door, and beat scale are very different. And the museum clock has a seconds hand. But close enough to say they were made by the same company.

Note that the museum has documentation showing their clock was a special order Regulator 36 for Charter Oak Life Insurance Company, 1871. The museum clock is also documented in several books. Country Life International Dictionary (Smith) page 96. Two Hundred Years American Clocks and Watches page 162. And the prior owner provided a photocopy from a  book I don't have. All the books have different dates, my guess is the museum dates is correct. I included photos of the museum clock below. 

A good clock collector friend had this hiding in his basement for decades. And it was only when his health was failing that he decided I should adopt it. This one means a lot to us. 

Additional photos below.

E Howard Regulator 36 Special
E Howard Regulator 36 Special
E Howard Regulator 36 Special
E Howard Regulator 36 Special
E Howard Regulator 36 Special
E Howard Regulator 36 Special
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