Lard is fat from pigs, in both rendered and unrendered forms. It is a semi-soft white fat derived from the fatty parts of the pig with high saturated fat content and no trans fat. Most cuisines use lard as cooking fat or shortening. It is particularly favored for the preparation of pastry. During the 19th Century, lard was used similarly to butter in North America and Europe. It remained popular until the early 20th Century. By late 20th Century it began to be considered less healthy than vegetable oils. But today, it has made a comeback due to its low trans fat and unique culinary values.
With the advent of tin/metal cans, lard was sold in pails that advertised the butcher. Cans were quite colorful, had lids and bale handles. Soon they became collectable with many different motifs.
We are offering a black & yellow lard pail with bale handle. Pail is 4.75" tall and 5" diameter. The front lettering reads "Oswald & Hess Co Net Wt 2lbs. Maple Leaf Pittsburgh,Pa. ( 1923-?) ". It is all metal, yellow with black lettering, black lid. It is excellent condition, all seams are all tight with honest wear.