Earthenware Sugar Mold Tip

(Ca. 1750 - 1900)

Tip of a sugar mold for refining sugar made from unglazed porous earthenware. Raw sugar was imported from the Caribbean to New York where it was refined. Sugar was packed into conical molds and a solution of water, clay, and other substances was placed atop the mold. The solution drained through the raw sugar, removing impurities. The purified sugar was then removed from the mold as a cone and wrapped in blue paper for retail sale.

South Ferry Terminal

Manhattan, Battery Park, South Ferry Terminal

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