Can you guess what the old tool was used for?
Before the second half of the 19th century, sugar was bought in the form of a sugarloaf, or part of a sugar loaf. When the cook wanted some sugar, she/he had to use sugar nips to cut the amount needed for cooking, etc.
There were various forms of sugar nips, some had a wooden base for table-top use so additional leverage could be applied and some even had a box to catch the residue. Both of these items are sugar nippers. The long tube of a sugar loaf is pictured in the box.
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