Sugar nippers, 19th century.

Image number: 10313697

Sugar nippers, 19th century.

These were used to break off chunks from sugar loaves. The chunks would then have been used for cooking or sweetening drinks. These black painted nippers were made in England and consist of two class 1 levers joined at the middle. Each of the arms moves around the central fulcrum. Modern scissors are designed in the same way.

Image number:
10313697
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 14:30
Image rights:
Science Museum