Sugar auger

Object Number: 
ca. 1886
Iron, wood
Overall: 15 x 9 7/8 x 7 3/4 in. ( 38.1 x 25.1 x 19.7 cm )
cast: on top of handle: "PAT.NOV"
Sugar auger (or dried fruit lifter) with iron shank, crosswise wood handle, central tapered screw, and pair of cutting lips.
Gallery Label: 
This sugar auger, purchased by Samuel V. Hoffman from C. W. Ives, New Haven, Connecticut, was used to extricate stuck-together dried apricots or apples from a keg or barrel, or similarly, for damp-stuck sugar. It would have been stabbed in, twisted and then lifted. Also called a "sugar devil" due to its whirling dervish appearance, this example is probably related to patent number 352,736, issued on November 16, 1886 to John E. Coles of New York City. He designed the auger with the tip of one arm lower than the other so that it engaged the fruit or sugar first. Each arm then "shaves" layers off the fruit or sugar, much like a double-bladed twist auger cuts a hole in wood.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
The George W. Nash Collection of Ulster County, New York Household Artifacts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group