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Roasting Jack Model

Roasting Jack Model

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Part of a patent model (U.S. Patent No. 8,173X) of a roasting jack, made by Ezra Whitman of Winthrop, ME, and patented on April 28, 1834. No marks on object, but a darkened paper tag tied with a red or purple (faded) wove ribbon is printed and handwritten (in ink) with the patent information for the "Roasting-Jack". Based on the patent drawing, several parts are missing from this model.
Patentee is believed to be Ezra Whitman, Jr. (b. 1812), son of clockmaker Ezra Whitman (1769-1851) and brother of Luther Whitman (b. 1802) who founded Whitman Agricultural Works in Winthrop, ME, where this roasting jack was probably produced.
Currently not on view
Object Name
jack, roasting
date made
patent date
place made
United States: Maine, Winthrop
Physical Description
iron, wrought (overall material)
overall: 12 5/8 in x 7 in x 5 1/2 in; 32.0675 cm x 17.78 cm x 13.97 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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