Clockwork roasting jacks

Clockwork roasting jacks for sale

A spring- or clock-driven roasting jack is a clock mechanism with a spring that can be wound up with a key. The clock mechanism gently rotates the spit, ensuring even browning and cooking of the food. These clockwork roasting jacks gained popularity from the 18th-19th centuries onward. They were commonly used with smaller fires for roasting smaller pieces of meat such as chickens, sausages, and fish. Read also: Everything you need to know about antique roasting jacks

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Antique Baster made of Wrought iron
$337.08
Stand for Roasting Jack made of Wrought iron
$265.17
Stand for Roasting Jack made of Wrought iron
$265.17
Antique Spring-Driven Roasting Jack made of 14,15,16,31
$1,146.06
Antique Clockwork Roasting Jack made of 14,15,16,31
$1,146.06
Antique Clockwork Roasting Jack made of 14,15,16
$516.86
Antique French Dripping Pan made of 15,16
$247.19
Antique French Dripping Pan made of 15,31
$426.96
Antique French Dripping Pan made of 15,31
$355.06
Large French Dripping Pan made of 15,31
$534.83
Fire-Bar Meat Toaster made of Wrought iron
$247.19
Antique Baster made of Wrought iron
$175.28
Spit for Chestnuts made of 15,16
$175.28
Antique Clockwork Roasting Jack made of 14,15,16,31,149
$1,146.06
Antique Spring-Driven Roasting Jack made of 14,15,16,31,149
$876.41
Antique Clockwork Roasting Jack made of 14,15,16,31,149
$1,146.06
Antique Clockwork Roasting Jack made of 14,15,16,31,149
$696.63
Antique French Dripping Pan made of 15,31
$175.28
Antique French Dripping Pan made of 15,155
$175.28
Antique Clockwork Roasting Jack made of 14,15,16,31
$1,146.06
Antique Baster made of Wrought iron
$67.41
Stand for Roasting Jack made of 14,15
$40.45
Stand for Roasting Jack made of Wrought iron
$265.17
Stand for Roasting Jack made of 14,15
$175.28
Stand for Roasting Jack made of 14,15
$175.28
Stand for Roasting Jack made of 14,15
$175.28
Stand for Roasting Jack made of Wrought iron
$337.08
Antique Clockwork Roasting Jack made of 14,15,16
$426.96
Antique Spring-Driven Roasting Jack made of 14,15,16,31,47
$876.41
Stand for Roasting Jack made of 14,15
$121.35
Antique French Dripping Pan made of Wrought iron
$247.19

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Our sets are fully functional and complete for actual cooking

Almost all spring-driven roasting jacks we sell can be used for cooking in the fire. The mechanisms are functional, and we provide all necessary accessories, including the spit, stand, drip tray, and usually a basting spoon or baster. Additionally, we offer individual accessories. For those interested in delving deeper, we offer the book “Le Tournebroche Méchanique”.

Appreciate the craftsmanship

Most spring-driven roasting jacks date back to the 18th and 19th centuries and are exquisite examples of craftsmanship. Many of them still work today, a testament to their quality and durability.

Origin of the clockwork roasting jacks

The spring-driven roasting jacks we sell mostly originate from France, where they were well preserved due to continued use over open fires. They are typically made of wrought iron, often with a cast iron base and lid.

Cooking considerations

The spring-driven roasting jack is placed on the ground in front of the fire, not in it. The fire behind it should be regulated carefully to avoid burning the food. Adequate fireplace accessories (tongs, poker, blow poke, etc.) are necessary for this fire management.

In general, spring-driven roasting jacks are suitable for smaller fires. However, longer models may accommodate larger fires. It's important to ensure that the clockwork roasting jack and accessories fit within the fireplace opening. The spring-driven roasting jacks can be selected based on length, width, and depth.

Decorative appeal

These roasting jacks often serve as decorative pieces in addition to their functionality. You can choose from a variety of styles to complement your space and fireplace accessories. They can also enhance unused fireplaces. For more ideas, read: How do I decorate my unused fireplace like a real fireplace?.

In this video, Jamie Oliver cooks grills lamb with a clockwork roasting jack at home: