Brittany Nicole Cox

Angelsey Abbey's Pagoda Clock

My name is Brittany Nicole Cox; some people call me Nico. I am an Antiquarian Horologist,  which is a fancy way of say “specialized mechanic”. More specifically, I am watch and clock maker that specializes in new making and the conservation and restoration of automata and mechanical musical objects.

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.

I find it difficult to give an answer when someone asks me how I found my calling, but I always come to the following conclusion: I had no choice in the matter! I feel like a magician or doctor bringing inanimate objects to life: birds that sing! Monkeys that dance! Tigers that roar!   Just to name a few.

I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to bring a little magic into everyday life, and be part of this extraordinary world where so many wonderful things happen in every moment. Thank you for visiting my blog – I hope you’ll find some magic in these pages too.

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  1. Aloha Nico,
    What a great piece about you and your work. It’s great to see this work being done outside of Switzerland; especially in the USA. I’ve spent many hours at the IMH museum in La Chaux de Fonds staring at their collection- I agree: it’s the original AI. I created the worlds smallest atomic clock but I’m isolated here on Kauai. I really wish I had someone like you to collaborate with and get help with the difficulties of building such tiny machines by hand. I’d love to speak with you further if you have a chance. All the best and please keep these treasures alive!

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    • Hi John, Thank you! It’s been a long journey, but I feel extremely privileged to work with the objects I do. They have the most wonderful objects that collection! I’d love to see your atomic clock! Feel free to write me an email at bcox@mechanicalcurios.com to talk about your projects!

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  2. Thank you for what you do! I recently became fascinated with automatons (and have always had an interest in antique clocks). They are indeed magical transformations of inanimate objects made to mimick living things so beautiful. I also love the old ways of how things were made, old tools and traditional techniques. What you do is truly unique and inspiring. What a great way to reconnect with the past. If I were to be a mechanic, I would want to be a 17th century mechanic like you!

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    • Thank you so much for the very kind words! I really appreciate it. I’m so glad we share these interests – please stay engaged and curious with horology! The world is a beautiful place.

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  3. My dad started working on clocks as a hobby while he was in Germany. Some years later he got me interested, and I learned how to repair/fix mantle and wall clocks. I saw the recent video posted. You are really AWESOME.

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    • Thank you so much Michael! I’m so glad you grew up knowing these things. They are precious and the world needs stewards!

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  4. Brittany,

    I saw your story on CNN. Fantastic! My son is going to college to become a mechanical engineer and I plan to share with him.

    PLEASE keep up the great work.

    All the best,

    Ron

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  5. My grandfather taught me to work with my hands in his shop and now I work on helicopters. I admire the work you do and would love to see you work I. Your shop for a month. Your work is too cool .

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    • Thanks so much for the kind words! I love stories like this – how wonderful that you went on to work on helicopters!

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