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Sugar nippers, 19th century.

Sugar nippers, 19th century.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


These were used to break off chunks from sugar loaves. The chunks would then have been used for cooking or sweetening drinks. These black painted nippers were made in England and consist of two clas 1 levers joined at the middle. Each of the arms moves around the central fulcrum. Modern scisors are designed in the same way.

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