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Lot 831: E. Howard & Co., Boston, No. 77 hall clock with Westminster chimes, mahogany case, the molded base with inset panel, trunk door with fan carved corners and beveled glass, the interior lined with black flocked paper, and bonnet with carved grotesque
October 23, 2016
Manchester, NH, USALive Auction
Description: E. Howard & Co., Boston, No. 77 hall clock with Westminster chimes, mahogany case, the molded base with inset panel, trunk door with fan carved corners and beveled glass, the interior lined with black flocked paper, and bonnet with carved grotesque mask, gryphons, and gothic style pinnacles, 14 inch, Arabic numeral silvered dial, blued steel English pattern hands, 8 day, three train movement with Graham deadbeat escapement, full Westminster chiming, stopwork on all trains, and counting the hours on a gong, brass weights, heavy brass pendulum with gilt cherry rod
Condition Report: case in original surface, dirty, and with very minor losses, case back missing behind base section, case bottom badly damaged by falling weights, flocked paper good, dial with minor bends, tarnished and dirty and will need proper resilvering. Hands good, movement dirty, but complete, cock supporting chime fly arbor with minor bend, clock will function following proper service, weights with tarnish, pendulum rod with losses to gilding. Backboard at top of case dated 12:: 1886. There is currently no provision on the movement or the mounting bracket for hooking the free end of two of the three weight cables. The Howard catalog entry for the No. 77 describes this clock exactly, with the exception of the movement; the catalog shows a two train version, while this is a three train, with quarter striking. Examination shows that the clock came from the factory in this configuration, and was not altered later, and so was likely a special order. The clock is in very good condition overall, and with some careful work will be a spectacular example.
Dimensions: 106in x 22.75in x 14in