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Sugar basin
Date Made/Found: Around 1829
Manufacturer: Armitages & Standish , British
Material and Medium: Britannia metal
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2010.98
This is a ‘sugar’ or sugar basin made of Britannia metal. It was manufactured in Sheffield by Armitages & Standish around 1829. It was paired with a cream jug (2010.105). In the early 1800s sugar basins were usually quite large and often covered so that sugar could be kept inside. Sugar was delivered not in grain form but in a large cone shaped loaf. It was the job of servants to cut off small chunks with sugar nippers and place these in the sugar basin. During the service of tea these lumps were distributed using sugar tongs and dissolved in the cup with the aid of a sugar crusher. This object is part of the Jack Scott collection. Dr Jack Scott gave his collection to the City of Sheffield in 1997. He grew to love Sheffield and the city's metalwork history whilst reading for a PhD at Sheffield University.
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