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Name That Thing – Answer

Written by Patti on August 29th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Remember that thing I posted last week?

You all came up with some very creative guesses!

It’s a Sugar Cutter

Until Victorian inventors figured out a way to get sugar to the grocer’s shop in ready-to-use granulated form, it was always transported in large cone-shaped sugar loaves. Households could buy a whole sugar loaf or a lump broken off and sold by weight. But then what? How did people prepare it for kitchen and dining table? Sugar nippers were an important part of the answer.

Sugar Cutter or Nipper

Sugar nippers were basic household tools, but before using them you would probably cut the hard whitish cone into smaller chunks with a hammer and chisel. The nippers were sometimes on a stand (like in our picture) so you could put all your strength into forcing the cutting blades through the pieces of sugar-loaf. If they had no stand, the better ones had a piece that stuck out at right angles, and was used to steady the sugar nippers against the edge of the kitchen table, while you gripped and squeezed.

I can’t believe I stumped you!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to the Sugar Cubes – Hit


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Clint says:

    I am learning so many things reading this blog!!


  2. Patti says:

    I love my little Clint!