Sugar Cutter

Date: ca. 1750

In the 1800s, a family used a sugar cutter to cut a small amount of sugar from a large block. After breaking off the piece of sugar using a sugar cutter, a more delicate pair of sugar tongs would be used to remove the pieces of sugar from the sugar bowl. This wrought iron cutter has a serrated “jaw” to cut the sugar. The handles’ two “triggers’ made it easier to grip and use this tool. The end of the handles has a hinged locking mechanism to secure the handles together.

Medium: Iron

Dimensions: L: 11 x W: 263 x D: 1 in.

Place: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia (attributed)

Accession: 2001.0013.350

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Stone & Metals

Tags: Iron , Sugar , Virginia , Shenandoah

Purchased in 2001.