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Dumfries Silver Collection

David Gray

Sugar tongs, fiddle pattern

Period:
19th Century
Description:

Maker’s mark: “DG”

Dumfries town marks: fouled anchor, unicorn's head

Other mark: “G”

 

Tea was naturally bitter, and sugar made it taste more pleasant.  During the 1700s sugar came from cane grown on Caribbean plantations where it flourished in the hot sunshine, heavy rainfall and fertile soil.

Prosperous households bought white sugar in tall, conical loaves, from which pieces were broken off with special iron sugar-cutters.  The loaves were large, up to a metre high.

Materials/Media:
silver
Dimensions:
length 148mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1979.216.11
Digital Number:
DMSW022a-c
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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