The world’s largest ham is from a 900 pound (408.2 kg) hog and is from a leg that originally weighed 91 pounds (41.3 kg). Its weight, after it was cured in 1955, was 61 pounds (27.7 kg). It wascured by Jordan Virginia Ham, a subsidiary of Smithfield Packing. This ham is on continuous exhibit at the Isle of Wight County Museum in Smithfield, Virginia. You can learn more about the ham and view it 24 hours every day on Ham Cam (https://www.historicisleofwight.com/).
In 1902, one of P.D. Gwaltney Jr.'s cured hams was overlooked, and for 20 years, it hung from a rafter in a packing house. By 1924, the pet ham was kept in an iron safe which was opened daily for guests to view, and it was advertised as the world’s oldest Smithfield ham. Gwaltney fashioned a brass collar for the ham and took it to shows and expositions to exhibit the preservative powers of his smoking method. The ham was featured in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in 1929, 1932 and 2003.
The ham was 3D scanned on June 27, 2018 with a Go!Scan 50. Because of the size and slipperiness of the ham, it could not be moved from its display and therefore the hoof end and one side could not be scanned.. Courtesy of the Isle of Wight County Museum.
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