Sugar shaker

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A sugar shaker is a household item and part of the dinnerware . Sugar shakers can be found made of different materials: plastic, glass, crystal glass, porcelain and silver. Since sugar was reserved for the privileged class as a luxury in earlier centuries , it was often presented in valuable vessels. Master craftsmen, goldsmiths and porcelain makers created small works of art that are now exhibited in museums and sold at auction houses.

Sweet Heinrich

"Sweet Heinrich" ...

The further development of the sugar shaker for the Süßen Heinrich , a sugar portioner with which the amount of loose sugar can be better dosed at the table, achieved worldwide success .

The sweet Heinrich consists of a vessel, which is closed with a lid, through which a beveled tube is led below and above. The sugar is removed by a tilting movement, with each process the sugar shaker dispenses an approximately equal amount of sugar.

History of the scoop

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The first sugar portioner was invented by Heinrich Kurz in Windecken , Hesse , and patented and sold by his grandson Johann Karl Theodor Jacob through his trading company Helly in Hanau under the patent number DE953649C. The idea was to develop a scoop for loose household sugar, from which a fixed amount of sugar could be removed in portions.

The product was brought onto the market in 1954 and sold under the trade name "Süßer Heinrich". On November 15, 1953, the sugar portioner was patented in Germany. The patent application was published on June 14, 1956 and the grant was announced on November 15, 1956.

The Swiss Confederation granted Mr. Theodor Jacob invention protection with the main patent number 338936 on July 31, 1959 in Bern.


  • Helmut Seling (ed.): Keyser's art and antiques book , Keysersche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Munich 1965.
  • Günther Ortmann : Sugar shaker ("Sweet Heinrich"). In: Not yet / Not anymore. We virtuosos of the missed moment. Velbrück Wissenschaft, Weilerswist 2015, ISBN 978-3-95832-071-0 , pp. 15-16.

Individual evidence

  1. Brief biography of Heinrich Kurz on the Nidderau website ; the inventor died in 1934 ( Ace: “Der Patente” had no patent. In: Frankfurter Neue Presse, December 5, 2014 ).
  2. Patent application CH338936 : Portioner for granulated material, such as sugar. Registered on October 24, 1955 , published on June 15, 1959 , applicant: THEODOR JACOB, inventor: THEODOR JACOB. ,

Web links

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