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E. Howard Pocket Watches

One of the forefathers of American timepieces, Edward Howard revolutionized watchmaking during the second half of the 19th century. As much an icon of American history, E. Howard pocket watches also endure as a masterpiece of time-telling technology.

Founded in 1858 as a partnership between Edward Howard and Charles Rice, the E. Howard & Company watch works capitalized on the demise of the then-growing Boston Watch Company by accumulating all but the building of the defunct company. Rice left the partnership late that same year, allowing Howard to become the sole owner. Though changes in management and name followed the company for the subsequent years, their watches, which continued to be marked “E. Howard,” assumed the role as a gold standard of American luxury watches.

Howard himself retired in 1881, but the acclaim the brand had established allowed production of fine pocket watches and other timepieces into the early years of the 20th century. His clocks are featured on prominent structures across the country, from the Wrigley Building in Chicago to King Street Station in Seattle, and his pocket watches are as desirable now as they were 100 years ago.


Quick Facts

  • One of E. Howard's more coveted designs was the “Series Two,” of which only 1,200 were made
  • The street clock for the American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut, was made by E. Howard & Company
  • An E. Howard Astronomical Regulator clock sold auction at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in late 2013. Selling for $277,300, it set a record sale price for one of his timepieces

Recommended Items at Auction

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Howard Series 10 21J pocket watch
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Howard Series 10 21J pocket watch
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$1752 Bids
Howard Series 11 21J pocket watch
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Howard Series 11 21J pocket watch
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$2002 Bids
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1920'S E. HOWARD WATCH CO. 14K WHITE GOLD 17 JEWEL
Mar 09, 1:00 PM EST
1920'S E. HOWARD WATCH CO. 14K WHITE GOLD 17 JEWEL
by Florida Estate Sales Inc.
Est: $600- $10,000
$122 Bids
HOWARD POCKETWATCH W 14 KT GOLD CASE
Mar 06, 9:00 AM EST
HOWARD POCKETWATCH W 14 KT GOLD CASE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $360- $500
$901 Bid
Howard Series 11 21J pocket watch
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Howard Series 11 21J pocket watch
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$500 Bids
1912 E. Howard 14k Gold Grade Series 5 Model 1907 16s 19j Railroad Org Box
Mar 29, 9:00 AM EDT
1912 E. Howard 14k Gold Grade Series 5 Model 1907 16s 19j Railroad Org Box
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$2,5250 Bids
E. HOWARD WATCH CO. BOSTON SERIES 0 A GOLD FILLED OPENFACE RAILROAD GRADE WATCH
Mar 18, 4:00 PM AEDT
E. HOWARD WATCH CO. BOSTON SERIES 0 A GOLD FILLED OPENFACE RAILROAD GRADE WATCH
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD1,000- AUD1,500
AUD9000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell E. Howard Pocket Watches


Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC

Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel

Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers

Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers