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Sugar Cone and Tongs

This sugar cone would have been held with the tongs in a hot cup of tea, gradually dissolving and sweetening the drink. In April 1754, British Parliament passed the Sugar Act, levying duties on imported sugar and curtailing colonial trade and setting the stage for colonial revolt after the 1765 passage of the Stamp Act.

Credit: Sugar cone and “tongs,” 1750–1800, Hezekiah Alexander House (Charlotte, North Carolina), reproduction from exhibit catalog.