Bottle Jack

Description
Clockwork roasting jack or spit engine consisting of a tall, slender cylindrical shaft with astragal-arched hanging loop mounted on top of a larger cylinder containing a spring-powered mechanism that winds up with the attached key; turning tip with small suspension hook extends through opening in the flat hexagonal base plate and rotates both clockwise and counterclockwise for even roasting. Open circular keyhole on front above an oval embossed nameplate for "W. S. BURTON (arched) / GENERAL / FURNISHING / IRONMONGER / 39 OXFORD S\T". Missing cast iron spit wheel that hangs from suspension hook.
William S. Burton was both a manufacturer and retailer of iron and brass bedsteads, lamps, baths, etc.; he operated his showrooms at 39 (then 88) Oxford Street from c. 1847 until the 1880s. Not known if he made this particular jack or was just the seller (see 1982.0090.02 for a nearly identical model patented by John Linwood of Sheffield, England).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jack, bottle
jack, roasting
date made
1850-1880
Physical Description
brass (housing material)
iron (hooks; key; hardware; clockwork parts material)
steel (spring and other clockwork parts material)
Measurements
overall: 4 3/4 in x 4 13/16 in x 13 3/4 in; 12.065 cm x 12.22375 cm x 34.925 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
place sold
United Kingdom: England, London
place used
United States: Middle Atlantic
ID Number
DL*62.0231
catalog number
62.0231
accession number
239502
subject
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Ivor Cornman
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