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Horological Conservation: A Preliminary Study of Bellows Materials in Smoking Automata, by Brittany Nicole Cox

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Brittany Nicole Cox, Antiquarian Horologist, Seattle, Washington

At the March 5, 2018, meeting of the Horological Society of New York, Brittany Nicole Cox will present her research and findings into the conservation of bellows materials inside dynamic objects, specifically mechanical smoking automata made in France between the period of 1848 and 1914. These findings required the construction of a machine capable of running three sets of bellows simultaneously. The materials tested and the results of using these materials will be discussed. Conclusions drawn from this research demonstrate how problems arise when tangible and intangible qualities are in direct conflict, and why these problems are difficult to address in the case of dynamic objects, especially automata.

Brittany Nicole Cox

About Brittany Nicole Cox
Brittany Nicole Cox is an antiquarian horologist based in Seattle, Washington. Her lifelong passion for horology has seen her through nine years in higher education where she earned her WOSTEP, CW21, and SAWTA watchmaking certifications, two clockmaking certifications, and a Masters in the Conservation of Clocks and Related Dynamic Objects from West Dean College, UK. In 2015 she opened Memoria Technica, an independent workshop where she teaches, practices guilloch√© and ornamental turning, and specializes in the conservation of automata, mechanical magic, mechanical music, and complicated clocks and watches. Currently, she is working on a manuscript to be published by Penguin Press in 2018.