A Craft of Future Past – Mastering Antiquarian Horology

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Brittany Nicole Cox is one of the only antiquarian horologists in the world. She’s basically a mechanic—a mechanic from the 17th century.

Cox fixes old machines with watch or clock mechanisms inside them for a living.Often, these machines are missing parts that frequently no longer exist, so Cox fashions them herself.

To visit her workshop is to see what the future looked like centuries ago, and while Cox’s trade is laborious, time-consuming and incredibly intricate, she is preserving a magical part of humanity’s past.

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Automata can include flowers, figures, animals, birds and more – made movable through gear combinations. Mechanical musical objects can include music boxes, barrel organs, and larger objects such as clock tower carillons with massive bells.

I also work with complicated clocks and watches including musical mechanisms or automata.Cox grew up fascinated with watches and music boxes as a kid. She would take them apart and put them back together

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