Sugar cutter

Object Number: 
1940.10
Date: 
1800-1840
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/2 x 3 3/8 x 1/2 in. ( 24.1 x 8.6 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Cast iron sugar nippers with tooled decoration at joint of series of circles and hook clasp at end of handles.
Gallery Label: 
For much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, sugar was sold in cones, loaves, and blocks, formed when molasses was poured into a mold. Sugar cutters or "nippers" were used to break small pieces from the cone, both in the shop and in the home. Until the late 1860s, when a commercial process for making granulated sugar was invented, the chunks could be crushed with a mortar and pestle if finer sugar was desired. Larger, plain cutters like these were suitable for use in the kitchen, while more decorative cutters were used at the tea table.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Irving McKesson
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group