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  1. The dangling spit was widely used The dangling spit as described by Seymour Lyndsay in "Iron and Brass Implements of the English House" was hung in front of the fire : A simple form of the dangle spit, the immediate forerunner of the botlle jack, has an adjustable hook or group of hooks suspended by a cord, the winding and unwinding of which provided the rotary movement which was assisted by two weight flyers at the top of the metal stem. ...page 24 (100) Symour Lyndsay's dangle spit drawing nº 100, left It was thus used in England. It was also used in France. We find a "generic" drawing in Lecoq's "Les objets de la vie domestique", page 129 : Similar to Seymour Lyndsay's It was so widely used in France that the French of la Nouvelle-France are believed by some authors to have taught the technique to the Indians (Desloge, page 35). The implement was also in use in New-England. There are two in Plummer's "Colonial Wrought Iron" With the one on the left, the cook would have had to rewind the twine quite often. I will reproduce the one we find in Brears' "The Kitchen Catalog". This to me is the most elegant of these spits that I have seen. His drawings are to scale. I drew it to scale 1:1. Brears dangling spit in his kitchen catalog, drawing nº 161 All dimensions are in millimiters. Total height, 480 mm. The hand written text and the drawings with dimensions are taken from the book I (slowly) fill with drawings of the hearth and kitchen implements of la Nouvelle-France. Brears' drawing : Brears' Kitchen Catalog nº 161 Top part of the structure with the weights to be hung on it : The dimensions of this part : Dimensions of the top part of the implement The hook part : The hooks : This is a fun project. The main difficulty lies in the forge welding of the arms of the cross. I will make the weights with lead. Cant wait for the first quails or chicken to turn in front of the fire!