Nice vintage metal watering can. This vintage galvanized watering can has a large arched handle. Comes with spout, all ready to water plants in the garden. This would be great used as a planter (you can have the plants), or displaying lavender in it on your patio or porch would be beautiful, and certainly add charm to your home! In the spirit of being rustic and primitive, shows it’s age and use quite nicely.
You may have a favorite trowel or a well-used pair of gardening gloves, but few other garden implements have inspired writers to wax poetic more than the efficient yet elegant watering can.
“Dribbling water onto their little heads by hand feels like a silent ritual, prayer by action, to honor the spirit of life that makes flowers and people blossom,” wrote one author.
Those who toil in soil, whether for sustenance or pleasure, have used vessels to carry water since ancient times. Growers in 1500s’ Europe used clay receptacles, which were then called watering pots. Eventually, metal replaced clay, and by the late 1800s the French had designed a sensible water container with a handle that continued over the body and joined the spout in one long curve. Sensible, yes, but perfect, no–at least not for British gardener John Haws.
Newly retired from civil service and living in the countryside during the heyday of English estate gardening, Haws set to work perfecting a can that would be balanced, easy to carry, and wouldn’t give the gardener a backache. In 1885, Haws patented his improved watering pot with precision balance; the original design has not been significantly altered in more than 100 years.
In Renoir’s 1876 oil painting A Girl With a Watering Can, the artist depicted his subject with a dainty variety. The can could have been a child-sized container, or perhaps it reflected that era’s obsession with cans that were enameled, embossed or given some other treatment rendering them suitable only for indoor use. In addition, long spouts were developed so Victorian gardeners could water wide swaths of plantings bordering their English country estates.