Sugar tongs, fiddle pattern (1)

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.
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David Gray
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length 154mm
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