Families would store their homemade soap in pottery dishes. Most farm families made soap from animal fat and ashes. It's hard to believe that soap for cleaning could be made from pig fat and ashes!

This earthenware soap dish was made by an unknown potter from the Piedmont region of North Carolina.

 

 
       
 
This earthenware soap dish was also made by an unknown potter from the Piedmont region of North Carolina.