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​Southern Tabletop Sugar Nippers

This fabulous pair of sugar nippers was made for a home of distinction.  They were were most likely proudly displayed on top of a sugar chest, a sign of wealth.  The nippers themselves are made out of forged iron that is mounted on a finely turned bell metal brass shaft and mounted on a solid walnut base.  The finely turned handle is also walnut and secured to the iron shaft with a brass coupling.  Both the forged iron and the turned brass shaft have decorative incising.  Obviously an expensive item in its day.  Measuring 16 3/4" from the front of the base to the tip of the handle, with a base width of 5" and an overall height of 6 1/2".  A terrific early pair of sugar nippers.   Ca 1820-1840.