An 18th century wrought iron weight-driven spit jack
Lot 100
An 18th century wrought iron weight-driven spit jack
Sold for £650 (US$ 873) inc. premium

Lot Details
An 18th century wrought iron weight-driven spit jack
For wall-mounting, the wrought iron frame enclosing a beech drum, and an arrangement of spur and worm gears, fitted with a fly-wheel to the top, a handle to the front and with a grooved oak or elm drive wheel to the rear, 26cm deep x 41cm high, together with a wrought iron and oak meat spit, 18th century, having a partially flattened shaft pierced with three holes, terminating in a spike at one end, and with a nail-studded grooved or triple-flanged oak wheel at the other, 146cm long, (2)

Footnotes

  • J. Seymour Lindsay explains that 'the weight-driven spit jack came into use towards the end of the sixteenth century, and lasted until spits became obsolete...This machine worked on much the same principle as the weight-clock, the weight being wound up on a drum having at one end the wooden driving wheels which are connected to the spit by a leather belt or chain. The drum is geared up through spur and worm gear to a fly-wheel, which enable the spit to be turned very slowly at a uniform speed...' (see Iron and Brass Implements of the English House (London, 1970), pp. 22 - 23). For illustrations of similar jacks, see ibid., Figs. 94 - 98, and for an illustration of a brass example mounted on a wall, see Rupert Gentle and Rachael Feild, Domestic Metalwork, 1640 - 1829, p. 248.

    Spits with double-flanged timber wheels are illustrated Lindsay, Iron and Brass, Figs. 87 - 8.
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