"Chesterman's Patent Lever" Bottle Jack

Roasting jack or spit engine consisting of a tall, slender, cylindrical shaft with hanging hook mounted on top of a larger cylinder containing a spring-powered mechanism; conical turning tip with small suspension hook extends through opening in the flat hexagonal base plate and rotates the suspended cast iron spit wheel with sliding hanging rings. Rectangular embossed nameplate for "CHESTERMAN'S / PATENT LEVER / ROAST-JACK / SHEFFIELD."
Currently not on view
Object Name
jack, roasting
date made
1855 - 1885
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
circular box containing winding gear: 15 3/4 in x 4 3/8 in; 40.005 cm x 11.1125 cm
metal ring: 2 7/16 in x 6 3/16 in; 6.19125 cm x 15.71625 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, Sheffield, Sheffield
place used
United States: New England
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood
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