Early 20th Century Selection of Eighteen Glass Vials Sugar Samples
Date: early 20th Century
PRICE: $ 1950
Dimensions: H 10.4cm W 4.3cm D 4.3cm
Shipping: $ 100
An early 20th century selection of 18 glass vials sugar samples, filled with different forms and stages of sugar. The glass containers are closed with cork stoppers and sealed with seal-wax stamped with the text: "Raffinerie Tirlemontoise Tirlemont".
Size of 1 bottle is 10.4cm high, 4.3cm wide and 4.3cm deep (4.1"x1.7"x1.7")
By the early 20th century, the sugar industry was booming and an indispensable part of the everyday pantry. The Industrial revolution made a once laborious process of growing and refining sugar easier and cheaper, while competition around the world kept prices down.
There’s a wide degree of variety in sugar forms and stages among these sugar samples, tablets, pearl's, cubes, sirup, powder, chips, refined and unrefined. Even after nearly a century in their jars, some are still white. Others are almost black in color, with a syrupy sheen over their crystals.
The French text on these Belgium labels:
sucre raffiné Perlé PIII
masse cuite de sucre 1er
masse cuite de sucre raffiné gros grain
sucre arrière produits
sucre cristallisé raffiné
sucre raffiné Perle PII
sucre raffiné Range format ordinaire
sucre raffiné déchets
sucre raffiné Domino
sucre raffiné Sciure grosse
sucre raffiné Poudre S1
sucre raffiné chips
sucre raffiné Poudre Sº
sucre cristallisé ordinaire
sucre raffiné Range petit format
one has no label
The history of Tienen sugar or Raffinerie Tirlemontoise:
In 1836 Joseph Vandenberghe de Binckom and Pierre Van den Bossche build a sugar factory in Tiene (Tirlemont). They had to face not only many technical problems, but also the people's mistrust of a factory. And when, in 1855, he sold his factory to Henri Vinckenbosch, it produced barely 10 bags of raw sugar per day. In 1862, the new owner renamed his company 'Vinckenbosch & Cie', due to Industrial innovation soon thereafter came better days. By the end of the 19th century, the Vinckenbosch factory had become a medium-sized enterprise. In 1894, Paul and Frans Wittouck, who already owned a candy factory in Wanze, bought Vinckenbosch & Cie. Shortly before WWI, the factories of Wanze and Tienen were integrated into an Industrial group. Despite the economic crisis during the interbellum, the Tienen Refinery continued to ensure that important technological improvements were made in the sugar industry. After WWII the Raffinerie Tirlemontoise set itself the goal of becoming the most productive sugar group in Europe.
Great collectors items this set.
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