The case holds an interior brass clock works with fly wheel and exposed drive gears and has winding key on the back. The tin sides lift to expose toe interior clock works. One side of the case has two clamp attachments for holding the hand forged spit at two different levels for cooking.The clock works causes the spit to turn in circles for even cooking. The single hand forged steel spit fits into a cast iron stand with numerous spit hooks/slots and tripod base. There is a bell mechanism that rings to alert the cook that it was time to rewind the spring. The purpose of these antique spit jacks was to automatically slowly turn the spit of roasting meat at hearth level without the need of it being turned by hand. A cast iron or copper pan was generally placed below the spit to collect meat drippings. Case measures 13" high (not including handle), 14 3/4" high (including handle), 8 1/4" wide and 6 1/2" deep (at feet). Spit measures 20" long and 3 3/4" wide (at widest). The tripod spit stand measures 13" high and 5" wide at base. Combined weight is 10.6 pounds. These fancy French cast iron mechanical rotisseries are seldom found in good condition and complete.
This one appears to be in very good to excellent Estate condition with no noted flaws. The clock works appear to be in good condition and although they probably need cleaning, the works do turn the spit and the bell mechanism also works. There is a level on the bottom of the case you can press to turn off the bell.
Please note that we are not experts in the proper working of this item and although it appears to be in good working order, it may need some adjustment when received. Have been in the Antiques business for over 30 years and try to describe our items as accurately as possible. We are happy to answer any questions and always appreciate your business! The item "Rare 19th C.French Cast Iron Clockwork Spit Jack / Rotiesserie" is in sale since Wednesday, January 29, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Home & Hearth\Hearth Ware". The seller is "antiquesandmooresales" and is located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Panama, Jamaica, Viet nam, Uruguay, Bangladesh, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Nicaragua, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Canada, South africa, Colombia, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman islands, Sri lanka, Maldives, Oman, Reunion, Ukraine.