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Swedish Sugar Chest, Late 18th Century Transforming sugar into bite-size form is a technical challenge. Beginning in the Middle Ages, sugar loaves were first crushed with a sugar hammer and reduced to handy pieces with a cutting device. After crushing, the lumps of sugar were cut into serving-size pieces with a sugar nip, which resembles a set of pliers. Sugar chests like the one on display, which was used to break the sugar loaves, were an indication of nobility up until the 19th…