A sugar bowl is a small container designed for holding loose granulated or caster sugar or sugar cubes, to be served with tea or coffee and is an integral part of a tea set.

This Sugar Bowl is vintage, possibly from the 1950’s. It is specifically for holding sugar cubes and has integrated Tongs in the lid used to serve the sugar cubes to the teacup.

The bowl is made of glass (pressed glass as opposed to cut lead crystal). The Sugar Tongs and the ends of the tongs are metal and have a scissor action to pick up a sugar cube. The ends of the tongs are called nips or claws.

Sugar bowls such as these are not used so much on a daily basis now but reserved for more special occasions.


More information:

Date 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s
Material(s) GlassMetal

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