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Sugar Nippers

Display: Global Gastronomy
Culinary Technique: size reduction

Date: c. 1800

Dimensions: 1.5" h x 7.5" w x 14" d

In the 18th and early 19th centuries, sugar was purchased in molded cone-shaped loaves. Cooks chipped the hard cone into chunks and used sugar nippers to cut smaller pieces for tea service. Sugar was expensive and carefully stored in locked boxes.