Sugar cutter

Contributed by Somerset Rural Life Museum

We now buy sugar granulated, or formed into cubes, ready for use. In Victorian times it was sold in much bigger lumps, or as a large 'cone', and the housewife or maid would have to cut it up herself, using these sugar cutters. Nowadays sugar mostly comes from sugar beet, a root vegetable like a swede. However when this sugar cutter was in use sugar would have come from sugar cane, grown in the West Indies.

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