No, this is not an old pair of pliers. . . it has another use

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.


RIBBON OF LOVE: 2nd edition – A Novel of Colonial America

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REVIEW FROM READER: Ribbon of Love was a wonderful love story of Henry and Mary living and struggling to succeed as one of the first families in the colony of Virginia in the 1600s. In addition to the love story, the descriptions of the clothing, home furnishings, personalities, family life, church and community are most intriguing. The exhilarating action and subplots keep the reader in constant anticipation. It is almost impossible to put the book down until completion. – Dr. Don P. Brandon, Retired Professor, Anderson University 

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and

All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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