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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sugar Free

What's It Wednesday #72
Clam Shell with Pearl
Whether it's by the cube or the spoonful, we all have dealt with the sweet stuff, sugar. We've known the effects it can have on our health as well as our waistlines for decades. But what to do? It's practically addictive!

Tiny Tongs for Serving
Through the years we've tried mightily to replace it with a substitute. One of the first was saccharin first produced in 1878. These miracle pills were proven to be 500x's sweeter than sugar.

Crystal
This caused its popularity to grow around the world especially after WWI. It was a money saver that only used about half as much per volume as sugar.

It's popularity heightened again in the 60's and 70's among dieters since it is a calorie free sweetener.

This adorable pocket watch shaped pill box is designed for carrying your saccharin tablets and computing the calorie conversion.

You may use it still, it's in a pink packet better known as “Sweet 'N Low”.


Revere Silver with a Tiny Bell
Through the years manufacturers made darling containers to serve and carry the tablets in a variety of materials and styles.


Crested Peacock by Florenza
The sheer volume of containers made for a product that was once pulled from the market because it was purported to cause cancer! The claim was unsubstantiated so production continues.


China Sugar Bowl and Spoon
The USDA tried to have it banned in 1972 but was unsuccessful. It is still the 3rd largest artificial sweetener in the United States.

HOH Howard Honey Bee Pixie Jar
I saw my first saccharin saver at an antique's show in Coconut Grove.


It was this adorable little enamel bird with glass eyes by Floreza. When you lift the lid it has a magnet that holds the tiny tongs for serving the tablets. So sweet! I had to have it and the other varied forms I've run across over the years.

1902 Advertising Card
Just another piece from a by gone time when everything was made so special as to deserve its own container (and not the box or jar it came in!).
Hugs,
Patti

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73 comments:

Natasha In Oz said...

That was so interesting! What sweet little containers too.

Many thanks for having me today. Hope your Wednesday is wonderful.

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

Meg said...

A gorgeous collection Patti and thanks for hosting again xx

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Thanks for hosting, Patti. Your sugar savers are beautiful and so unique..Happy Tuesday..Judy

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

I have never ever seen special containers for sweetener,aren't they adorable,especially the little tongs.x

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Such beautiful and interesting pieces!!

I have used Sweet and low for the lasy 35 years!!

Thanks so much for hosting!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Alessandra said...

This is the first time that i see such beautiful containers for sugar. They are all adorable.
Kisses
Alessandra

Cottage and Broome said...

Love your sugar bowls, you guys always have the most beautiful collections! Thanks for hosting again this week, Laura

xinex said...

Your little sweetener containers are so cute!..Christine

Lynn@FernAvenueBlog said...

Thank you for hosting! I love all the little containers. I tend to be drawn to little containers that hold sugar or sweeteners that are unique.
Lynn

Julie Marie said...

Once again... I am totally mesmerized by your collection Patti!... your saccharin containers are priceless!... isn't it funny how thinking changes through the years... what once was good for us is now bad and what once was bad for us is now okay... I like the old saying "everything in moderation"... I do miss how beautifully everything used to be packaged, like your lovely containers... I always say I should have been born 100 years before I was... I am trying to decide which of your containers is my favorite... can't choose... so I will go back and take another look... Happy May Day to you pretty lady!... xoxo Julie Marie

Babs said...

What an interesting collection! My mom used saccharin for years,but I don't remember her having cute containers for the tablets.Love the seashell one.

sweetvintageofmine said...

Wow...I became educated today about these adorable sweetener containers! I've known about the history of the sweetener but not the containers!! I loved this post...and your collection!! So UNIQUE!! Blessings~~~Roxie

Susie said...

Patti, Your collection is so Sweeeeet !! I love all those cute holders. Have a wonderful day. xoxo, Susie

GinaBVictorian said...

Patti those sugar containers are wonderful! So cute! I never knew such a thing existed. Thanks for the little tutorial. I have seen that little gold bird but never knew what it was. I really like the peacock! Thanks for hosting!
Gina

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Thanks for hosting! Have a pretty week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Curtains in My Tree said...


I have never seen or heard of saccharin tables, maybe before my time LOL

I'm trying to think of the name of the first sugar free soft drink, it was like a lemon aide in a can ???? darn it what was the name ???

Fresca that was it and then tab

The Porcelain Rose said...

What a wonderful surprise!
Thank you for featuring my vintage tulle dress & altered ballet slippers!
What an interesting and beautiful post. I didn't know they made sugar savers. I have a wonderful collection of my grand mother and great grand mother's "salts"..... which I love very much.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful collections and for hosting each week!!
Warmly,
Elizabeth

Jeannie and Linda said...

Hi Patti. Great party! Thanks for hosting each week! Your post is lovely as usual. I am always amazed at your collections. I've never heard of the containers for sweeteners. They are wonderful!
Peace,
Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest

Julia Klimek said...

Hi there! Thank you so much for the party! I love your collection! How SWEET! Have a wonderful week!

The French Hutch said...

What a wonderful collection of containers, very lovely containers! A great little history lesson too. Thanks for hosting.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

You always amaze with the huge range of your collectibles. I had never heard of Saccharine serving containers before and you have such a unique collections of pretties. Thanks for hosting, always look forward to join in. Have a great week.
Joy

Judy Haughton-James said...

Very informative and interesting post with wonderful items. Thanks for hosting and enjoy the rest of your week Patti!

Di said...

Love, love those containers! Thank you for sharing my shells and ink wells! You are the sweetest girls! Di@Cottage-wishes

June said...

I always love your posts Patti. I always go away learning so much. Now matter how you save it...I love sugar :)!
hugs from here...

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

I never knew there was such a thing. These are fabulous Patti! And I am now going to be on the lookout for them. You always have such wonderful things. :)

Karen Albert said...

So Sweet! :)
Thank you for hosting Patti!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Miss Kitty said...

Hi Patti! I do remember those teeny tiny little white artificial sweeteners too. I have never found a sugar substitute that I like (unfortunately for my waistline). I didn't even know that all these containers even existed...thanks for sharing your collection and for hosting your party for us.

Cristina Garay said...

I had no idea there were special containers for sugar! So interesting to read about it. Thanks for hosting!

lynn said...

this is such an great post, patti! love the pretty saccharin holders:) so interesting to read about them, too:) thanks for hosting us!

Johanna said...

Dear Ladies,
what a literally sweet collection. Cute idea to collect saccarin boxes. They are really lovely. Thank you for sharing your treasures and for hosting this event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Oh my, these pieces are amazing. Sweeter than sugar is too cute and that saver with the mini tongs is too much. How fun. Thanks for sharing these with us and for hosting the party!
Liz

Tazas y Cuentos said...

Wonderful collection!
Thank you very much for hosting!
Besos, Silvina

Christina said...

I had no idea saccharin had such a long history- those containers are so charming and thoughtfully designed!- what a beautiful collection! I'll be looking out for some while antiquing- (more for decoration as I still can't get away from real sugar)

must love junk said...

So interesting-I had no idea! Thanks for sharing and for hosting :)
Susan

Donna Wilkes said...

Loved your collection of saccharin containers - I did not know it was an old product and have never seen the containers. Many wonderful links here. Thank you so much for the lesson on saccharin and the party!

Heaven's Walk said...

Your posts are always such a wealth of information, Patti! Thank you for educating us in such a fun way! Love that little peacock bowl! :)

xoxo laurie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Thank you for the invitation, I am happy to link up my vintage veils. Love your post, such great treasures you have. I forgot about the saccharine pills, I think if I recall right, they tasted awful. I had no idea they had been around for so long!!

Carol

The Tablescaper said...

So interesting.I remember my nana had a little jar of saccharine pills. I never knew there were accouterments for it! The little tongs are adorable.

- The Tablescaper

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh I love those sugar containers, Patty! Thank you for having me today, sweet lady. Big hugs,
FABBY

Barbara F. said...

Hi girls, Happy Wednesday evening, glad to be able to join the fun! Hope y'all feeling better, too. xo

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Thanks so much for hosting your wonderful party. Very interesting info and I love all the containers.

Hugs,
Peggy~PJH Designs

Laura said...

Wow- so excited to be here. Thanks for the invite:)

Jennifer said...

Thanks for hosting. Have a wonderful evening!

Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

Patty said...

I enjoyed your post and the research you put into it. Thank you for hosting!

Little Miss Maggie said...

I have never even seen a saccharin storage item. You have an amazing collection and taught us a little bit of history too. Thanks.

Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above said...

Great Party.
Thanks for hosting.
Debi and Charly

Furniture-Ology said...

Thanks for featuring our Chalkboard Wall AND hosting this fabulous party!

Sherry Hahn said...

I never would have thought saccharin was that old. Interesting! Thank you for hosting and for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Petite Michelle Louise said...

those vessels are all so "sweet." (no pun intended!) Finally joining in here! "merci" for the lovely gathering! ;)

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

Too cool ! I never saw little boxes like that in France ! they are so... sweet without the height !

xoxo

Joëlle

Teresa said...

First time I got lost in the Party before leaving a comment for you.

Is it me or your parties become more interesting week after week?!

Wow! So much creativity. And so many generosity in sharing it with others...

Thank you for hosting and for allowing to meet the talents hidden behind interesting blogs' names.

Now your collections! I'm heading your way and don't mind the Guest Room, just put me near where you store those Beauties. So much beauty, whimsy and secrets those pieces could tell :sigh: makes one's soul well doesn't it?!

Thank you,
Teresa

Bliss said...

That was a blast from the past, and it reminded me of my mom. She never said "Sweet and Low" always referred to it as saccharin, and I remember the little sweet pills.
Bliss

Vintage Home said...

Thank you so much for all this amazing history! Collecting something is so much more fascinating when you know the history! You examples are amazing & beautiful!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

You always have the most amazing pieces! love the sugar holder and tongs. Love the victorian way of having something for everything.
Thanks for dropping by and wishing me a happy anniversary!

Sarah said...

What a fabulous collection! My favorite is the peacock. Thanks for hosting and for inviting me to join in.

Doni said...

I'm always in awe of your collections!! I've only once seen a sacharine server and it was at my grandmother's house. Those little candy shaped things surely were enticing!! I was just a small child and couldn't figure out why she couldn't have sugar in her tea. Well now I'm diabetic and I want to have something pretty for my sugar sub...do you suppose we should ask the makers of Splenda to come out with something lovely to keep their product in??? I would buy it!! Thanks so much for such a wonderful look at such a historically significant item!
Blessings!!
Doni

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How interesting! I've learned a lot! Pass the sugar, please!

Katherines Corner said...

what a wonderful collection! Thank you for sharing at the hop big hugs!

Meredith said...

This was such a great post. Just so interesting. I love little things like this, and the knowledge you have about the pieces just adds to it. Thanks for sharing! :)

Palomasea said...

Oh my gosh, Patti...I had no idea those containers even existed! They are so darling...
But while I may have to search for one of these lovelies (those teeny tongs!!)...I prefer the real deal...not too much of course...and I do love my sugar served in cubes, so that I have an excuse to use sugar tongs...hee.
Wishes for a joyful weekend, sweet friend...
xoxo,
- Irina

Dorthe said...

Your special pill boxes are very beautiful, and sweet all-
In Denmark many,many people also uses Zaccharin as substitute for real sugar! Not me -LOL ... I love a little sweet now and then!
xo,Dorthe

The Liberty Belle said...

A sweet collection! I learn something new every time I visit your wonderful and inspiring blog.

:)

Jen @ Girl in the Garage said...

Thank you for inviting me over! I just linked up to the party. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Now that was such a great post Patti!
Very informative and most enjoyable.
I think my favorite is the birdie~

Thank you so much for your visit, I always look forward to you coming over. Your encouraging words are appreciated..
Wishing you and your a beautiful Sunday.
fondly,
Penny

Palomasea said...

Thank you, dearest Patti, for coming to visit! A beautiful Sunday to you!
Hugs,
- Irina

Designs By Pinky said...

HI Patti, I loved seeing these SWEET containers....pun intended:) They are all so pretty. Thanks for sharing them. XO, Pinky

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Thanks SO much for hopping over to my shop! Much appreciated!

Jillian
Bella Rosa Antiques

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I've never heard of a saccharin holder before. You always surprise us with the most unique gadgets and the history behind them.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What a beautiful and fascinating collection! I didn't know there was such a thing. Hope things are lovely your way!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh my goodness, Patty...did I come too early for this week's party?! Anyway, thank you so much for hosting sweetie...and if you have another party, I'll be there too, lol! Big hugs ladies.
FABBY

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Kelly said...

I enjoyed reading about little sweetner containers like that. I never knew they existed! I've always been a real sugar kind of girl (and a real butter) just because it's natural. I think everything in moderation is ok unless you have a health issue forbidding it. Those little containers are certainly charming though. Maybe they could be used for breath mints instead! LOL!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

These little containers are adorable and it was fun to learn the history! Thanks for sharing at TTF this week.

Linda

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