Spit, clockwork; Salter's; CT77.155

Name/Title

Spit, clockwork

About this object

Clockwork spit; a brass roasting jack with cast iron balance wheel. Made in England by Salters. This implement was used to roast meats over an open wood fire or coal-fire grate. Meat would be hung on the adjustable hooks on the balance wheel, which was hung over the fire under the 'bottle jack' - a clockwork device used to rotate the meat, ensuring even roasting.

Maker

Salter's

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom

Medium and Materials

processed material, metal, alloy, copper alloy, brass
processed material, metal, iron

Inscription and Marks

Embossed on bottle jack: "SALTERS / ECONOMICAL / WARRANTED"

Technique

cast

Technique

embossed

Measurements

h 390mm x di 160mm
Medium

Subject and Association Keywords

technology, home economics, cookery

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

Object Type

equipment

Object number

CT77.155

Rights

All rights reserved

Comments
nick 10 Dec 2015 15:01 PM,UTC

Meat was not hung from the Jack over the fire. It was hung next to the fire, so that it was heated from the side, as it spun.

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