Watering & Spraying
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English. Mid 20C. Galvanised steel. Dia 10.5 inches (26.6cms) x H 7.5 inches (19cms).
English. Late 19C. Mahogany. Part of a larger wheeled unit. Dia 23 inches (58.5cms).
First flexible Hosepipe made in Gutta-Percha in 1845 by the Gutta Percha company in 100 yard lengths. Early watering by channels in earth or wells, tanks or dipping ponds then before 1845 leather or tarred canvas pipes which were large and heavy. Around this time the water carrier or barrow came in to use. In 1847, Robert Thompson visiting the Jamin nursery at Fontainbleu, reported supported zinc pipes carrying water above ground. In 1827 The Gardeners Magazine discussed using metal tubes with nozzles as a way of point watering. From 1870, B F Goodrich in Ohio, started manufacturing rubber hose with cotton reinforcement for fire fighting which gained a foothold in the American garden market.
English. C1900. Wheeled trolley in wood and iron. Wooden wheels. H 28 inches (71cms).
Iron with 2 position hooks and tread plate and handle. 28.5 inches (72.5cms) x 6.25 inches (16.2cms).
English. Early 20C. Galvanised steel bucket on socket with square section pine handle. Stamped ‘ZZ’. Dia 9 inches (20cms) x L 53 inches (135cms).
Extended Rose in galvanised steel with perforated brass cap. 18.5 inches (47cms).
English. Early 20C. Brass fan jet. This design was sold in 6 sizes by Wm Wood and Son’s (sic) from their 1909 catalogue. 19 inches (48cms).
British. 20C. Made by Dron Wal. British made. Fully guaranteed. 31 inches H (78.5cms) x 13 inches Dia (33.2cms).
French. C1900. Copper body and base. Copper and beech lance with plastic tube and brass spray nozzle. Bicycle valve to pressurise. Brass head and tap. 21.25 inches H (54cms) x 6 inches W (15.3cms).
English. Early 20C. The Four Oaks ‘Farmer De Luxe’ Limewashing and Spraying Machine. Galvanised fluted steel with metal reinforced rubber hose and copper and brass lance and beech handle. Perforated zinc strainer. 4 Gallons. Stamped ‘The Four Oaks Spraying Machine Company. Sutton Coldfield’. 29 inches H (74cms) x 14.75 inches Dia (37.2cms). Ref Suttons 1932 catalogue.
English. Early 20C. Beech handles and reinforced rubber hose. Steel bucket stand. Embossed on brass barrel ‘W T French & Son Ltd. Mysto Works. Birmingham’. Brass fittings. Ref: George Harding catalogue 1935. Sprayer B372 50 shillings each. 33 inches (84cms).
English. Mid 20C. Brass with twin varnished beech handles. Embossed oval badge ‘Solo Sprayers Ltd’. Detachable nozzle and threaded end hose connector. 21.5 inches (54.6cms).
English. 20C. Small brass cylinder and beech handle with traces brown paint. 10 inches (25.5cms).
English. 20C. Brass cylinder and beech handle with traces of black paint. One detachable spare nozzle. 20 inches (50.8cms).
English. 20C. ‘The Undentable Syringe. Inventors The Four Oaks Nursery Patent. Rd No. 389274′. Detachable nozzle stamped ‘Patent Applied For’. Brass with corrugated barrel cover to protect integrity of bore. Beech handle. 26.75 inches (68cms) x 1.25 inches (3.5cms).
English. 20C. Brass with black laquered handle and detachable twin nozzle and one additional nozzle. 27.5 inches (69.2cms).
English. 20C. Undentable style ribbed brass with brown laquered handle and brass ferrule. Detachable brass nozzle. 26.25 inches (66.8cms) x 1.75 inches (4.4cms).
Brass canister and fittings. Bakelite handle and pressurizing knob. H 8 inches (20cms) x Dia 4 inches (10.3cms).
Copper and Brass. Traces green paint. 17 inches L (43.5cms) x 4 inches W (9.7cms).
English. 20C. Projex Sprayer. A hand solder jointed, pressed tip-plate construction. The tapering, lower fluid reservoir, is embossed with the makers trade name. A vented brass filler cap, screw fits to the opposite face. Adjustment to the spray is made by turning the small brass valve, mounted below the jet. The piston is operated by the tuned beech-wood handle grip. Overall length, (closed) – 16″ (406mm).
English. 20C. Sovereign Junior. 17 inches L (43cms) x 4 inches W (10.2cms).
Steel yellow painted. 15 inches L (38.5cms) x 4.5 inches Dia (11.5cms).
8.5 inches (21.7cms).
English. 20C. Spraygen No. 200. Brass and beech. manufactured by R Harris. Original card box. 22 inches (56cms).
English. 20C. ‘The Undentable Syringe. Inventors. The Four Oaks Nursery Co’. 26.5 inches (67cms).
English. 20C. ‘Sovereign Red Shield Garden Syringe’ by Testar & Swain Ltd. Birmingham. 21.75 inches (54.2cms).
English. 20C. ‘Suttons & Sons. Reading’. Brass and beech. 24.5 inches (62cms).
English. 20C. Ribbed brass outer to protect barrel and wood handle. Twin nozzles. ‘The undentable Syringe inventors The Four Oaks Nursery’. 26.25 inches (66.5cms).
English. Mid 20C. Chromed steel ‘Made in England’. 20 inches (50.5cms).
English. 20C. ‘Made by Donald Edward. Birmingham Ltd. ‘Green label brand’. Copper effect and varnished beech. 2 spare detachable nozzles. 21 inches (53.5cms).
English. 20C. ‘the Florists Friend. No 7 Mysto Spraying Syringe’. Brass and beech. Spare nozzle. 19 inches (48.5cms).
Brass and Beech. 23 inches (58.5cms).
French. C1900. Pewter Watering Sprayer. Fruitwood boss with 6 perforations for setting in water container. Deal or beech grip and deal plunger with remains of fibre gaiter. Copper ferrule. Pewter stamped ‘P.R’. on hanging nib. Considerable wood worm infestation in boss and grip. Sourced by chance and good fortune in Paris loft by Old Garden Tools. A very similar pump was sold in England by Crowden & Garred as The ‘Requisite’. In polished zinc and wood socket in 1914. ‘Throws water 40 feet’. Ref: A Peschard Paris catalogue of 1897 Quincaillerie Moderne, where illustrated as ‘Pompes a Sabot with fan spray attachment. 33 inches (84cms).
Sprayer 3 section double arm assembly. Brass. 41 inches (104cms) x 17.3 inches (44cms).
English. Mid 20C. ‘Gilgreen’ Regd No 860396. Traces red paint.4 inches L (10cms) 3.5 inches H (9cms).
American. 20C. ‘Rain Bird’. Pat No D.220.736. Cast Aluminium. Blue painted perforated top. 4.4 inches (11cms).
British. Late 20C. ‘Hoselock Duchess’. HA 4508. Base made in England. Top foreign made. Cast steel base painted green. Stainless steel top. L 9 inches (23cms) x W 5.75 inches (14.5cms) x H 5.6 inches (13.5cms).
English. 20C. ‘Mikro’ red painted steel and brass rotating spray arm. 27 inches (69cms).
‘Turbia Irrigation’ Regd.799617. Traces green paint. 8 inches L (19cms) 6 inches W (16cms) 4.5 inches H (11cms).
‘Raindrop’ + ‘BS’. Steel base and spike. Brass rotator. 11 inches (28cms).
Simple brass cassette with perforated top clipped to steel stand. 8.6 inches (22cms).
English. Dronwal. 16.5 inches H (42cms). 12 inches W (30.5cms).
USA. 20C. Automatic Rain King. Sunbeam Corporation Chicago. Steel, Aluminium, Plastic and Brass. Adjustable twin arm rotation with red plastic graduated dial. H 9.75 inches (25cms) Dia 10 inches (25.5cms).
English. 20C. Plastic rotor and aluminium. Steel spike. Stamped ‘Turbospray. Made in England. Patent applied for’. L 5.5 inches (14cms).
English. 20C. Brass pillar and 3 armed brass and steel with traces green paint on base. Brass connector. L 12 inches (30.5cms) x H 7.2 inches (18cms).
English. C1920. The Pluviette Lawn Sprinkler. ‘The “Pluviette” Patent Turbine Lawn Sprinkler or Rainmaker’ was patented 1912 in Great Britain and 1914 in the United States of America. The inventor was Mr. Paul Zeyssolff of Munster, Alsace, Germany (now France).
The British patent was issued to Mr. John Post Lawrence, manufacturer, with Mr. Zeyssolff listed as mechanic. On the USA patent Mr. Zeyssolff was the assignor to Lloyd Lawrence & Co., London, England.
In 1876 while on a visit from England to the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Mr. Lawrence entered into a business arrangement with the Lloyd, Supplee, and Walton Hardware Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The resultant company, Lloyd Lawrence, created in 1878, became the British importing agent for their “Pennsylvania” line of lawn mowers.
In 1920 the company name was changed to Lloyds & Co., Letchworth Ltd.
These sprinklers continued to be listed by garden requisites catalogs into the 1930’s.The name “Pluviette” is taken from the French word for rain shower, Pluvieux. Its meaning implies a small rain shower, or a sprinkle.
This model has a lateral toothed red painted cast iron wheel that is driven on a horizontal cast ring by water pressure from a brass jet. The assembly is mounted on a green painted cast tripod. The lateral ring is cast with raised lettering ‘Pluviette Lawn Sprinkler no 2 Patent No 29726. Lloyds of Letchworth’. H 17.5 inches (44cms).
British. 1960’s. Ref Woodmans Pinner 1964 catalogue. 17 shillings. Stamped ‘England’. 6.6 inches (17cms) x 6.4 inches (16.5cms).
Circular steel base with diameter strap. Brass 2 arm spinner with pinched tips to form crude jets. Dia 10 inches (25.3cms).
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American. 20C. Circular pierced copper body with galvanised steel base. Dia 8.4 inches (21cms).
Brass rotating rose with 3 perforated mini arms on long steel spiked stem. 21.5 inches (54.8cms).
Brass rotating assembly with 3 perforated arms on ball mounting atop iron spike. 8 inches (24.5 cms).
English. Pillar type with perforated green painted cast iron base in CW motif. Steel pole. 3 brass arms and triply perforated nozzles. H 22.2 inches (56cms).
C1900. Pillar construction in brass. Ornate cast iron tripod and 4 brass arms on brass column. Perforated nozzles. H 40 inches (101.5cms).
English. 4 legged steel stand carrying brass 3 armed spinner with nozzles made at ends by a crude flattening. L 6.7 inches (17cms) x W 8.8 inches (22.8cms) x H 11 inches (28cms).
English. C1950. Boxed. Box labled ‘Centribine Lawn Sprinkler. Price 15/6d 789 (sic) one only’. Cast iron sledge assembly with aluminium spinner. Stamped ‘785 Made in England. Centribine’. Square 5 inches (12.5cms).
English. Mid 20C. ‘Evenstorm’. Steel and Aluminium. 14 inches (36cms).
English. 1963. ‘The Rainfan’ by British Overhead Irrigation Ltd. Shepperton. Middlesex. ‘Sprays water in a fine gentle rain over 50 x 50 feet. 25 inches. (65cms).Priced at £9 4 shillings. Ref CGA 1963. Sold by Monro of Covent Garden in their 1951 Handbook and Catalogue.
‘Watermatic’ Made by SNAR Ltd. Bromley Kent. Brass and cast metal. 5.5 inches L (14.2cms). 5 inches W (13cms). 2.5 inches H (6.5cms).
French. ‘L’Inusable Brevette SGDG Ste Paris-Geneve. Moulded metal. Brass red painted base. 16 inches L (40.2cms). 8.5 inches W (21.8cms). 12.5 inches H (32cms).
English. Rain King. Stamped ‘Cooper Stewart Engineering Co Ltd. London. British Patent 190449 & PO544RK’. Ref Carters catalogue 1926. ‘The best sprinkler made’ 15 shillings. Ref: Wm Wood 1958. 12 shillings and sixpence. L 7.5 inches (19cms) x H 6 inches (15.3cms).
English. Dronwal. Red painted pressed steel with 3 branch steel spray assemblyStamped ‘Dronwal Lawn Sprinkler. Registered Trademark. Birmingham. England’. Square 7.5 inches (19cms).
American. 20C. ‘Mist Master’ Reg US Pat Off. Cast metal. Dia 6 inches (15.5cms).
American. Early 20C. Steel with brass locking ring. 7 inches (18cms) x Dia 4 inches (10cms).
American. Green painted cast iron and perforated aluminium diaphragm. 4 inches (10cms).
Thumb Pot from a German book Kräuterbuch by Adam Lonicer, he originally did three editions between 1557-77.
English. 1900. Ref: Wm Wood catalogue 1909 improved model 2, 3 and 4 gallon. Ref: Carters 1926 catalogue. Made and stamped by ‘Hawes’. Carters offered in japanned or galvanised finish as an extra. W 8.25 inches (20.7cms) x H incl handle 18 inches (46cms).
French. 20C. Watering funnel. Steel. 15.5 inches (39cms).
English. 20C. Galvanised zinc. Base embossed ‘6 Pint’. Brass ferrule. L 26 inches (66cms). x D 8.75 inches (22.3cms) x H 9.75 inches (25cms)
English. Mid 20C. Galvanised steel with wired spout support and brass rose screwed on. Motif stamped on base 5-square. Brass badge on top ‘2 1/2 Gallon’. Thumb stop on handle. L 24.5 inches (62.3cms) x W 10.75 inches (27.3cms) x H 16.5 inches (42cms).
Galvanised zinc with brass ferrule. Wired spout support. Label stamped 1 1/2 Gallon. L 28.5 inches (73cms) x H 14 inches (36cms) x Dia 8.5 inches (21.5cms).
French. C1900. Galvanised zinc with brass joints and ferrule. Copper rose. Brass decal ‘Maison de l’Horticulture. Material Horticole Etabts. Maurice Grimoux. Paris. 14 Quai de la Megisserie. Partially detachable spout bearing rose. L 30 inches (76cms) x W 7.75 inches (19.5cms) x H 10.5 inches (26.5cms).
English. C1900. Strawberry Watering Can. No rose applicable. Copper with applied foot pads. Missing spout support strip. L 24 inches (61cms) x H 7.5 inches (19cms) x W 5 inches (12.7cms).
French. 20C. Galvanised iron green painted. H 15.5 inches (39.5cms) x Dia 7.5 inches (18.7cms).
French. Galvanised steel with detachable rose. H 21 inches (53cms) x L 24 inches (60cms) x W 9.5 inches (24cms).
Squat round galvanised steel Watering Can. Possibly non matching Hawes Rose. Inc Rose L 38.75 inches (98.5cms) x H 15.5 inches (39.5cms) x Dia 9.5 inches (24cms).
English. Late 19C. Copper with steel base ring. Designed to be held by handle and horizontal tube. Repaired cranked spout tip. L 44.5 inches (88cms) x H 15.5 inches (39cms) x W 8 inches (20.5cms).
French. 19C. Orchid watering Can. Zinc with brass rose. Pocket at rear for filling with zinc wire screen as filter. Used with orchid food and was heated by placing on heater. 2 elongated legs on underside. A similar can in other collection bears oval plate embossed ‘Jacot Freres. Fabricants. Le Mans’. L 16.5 inches (32cms) x W 6.5 inches (16.5cms) x H 9 inches (23cms).
English. Early 20C. Galvanised steel 1 gallon Watering Can stamped ‘1’ and with 2 brass plaques: one stamped ‘Hawes. Patent. Registered Trade Mark. Logo. Clapton London E5′. and other stamped ‘E P Severn. Mar 15. 1926′. Worn grey paint. Repair on bottom surface. Brass rose mount. L 25.5 inches (65.5cms) x W 7 inches (18cms) x H 7inches (18cms).
English. 20C. Hawes with embossed stamp. Copper construction. 2 pints.
English. Mid to late 20C. Galvanised Watering Can with copper faced pomme rose. Stamped underneath 'PK and 5L'. L18 inches (46cms) x H 13 inches (33cms) x W 7.5 inches (19cms).
English. 20C. Haws Conservatory Watering Can. Brass with detachable rose. 2 pint. Stamped ‘Haws Genuine’. Base stamped ‘Hawes’. Circular decal on top stamped ‘Made in England. Haws’. L 15.75 inches (40cms) x W 4.5 inches (11.5cms) x H 6.25 inches (16cms).
English. 20C. Green painted galvanised steel with brass rose and ferrule. Stamped ’20’. 2 brass decals. ‘Reg design 579441. and ‘Hawes. Clapton. London E5′. L 21 inches (53.5cms) x W 5 inches (12.8cms) x H 6 inches (15.5cms).
English. 20C. Haws make. Galvanised steel japanned dark green. Brass decal embossed ‘Haws. Made in England’. Brass ferrules. Brass detachable rose No 2&3. with additional extended rose, both embossed on brass ‘Haws Genuine’. Body L 28.75 inches (73cms) with extended rose 36.5 inches (93cms) x H 9.25 inches (23.5cms) x W 7 inches (17.8cms).
French. Mid 19C. Copper. L 19.5 inches (49.5cms) x H 14.5 inches (37cms) x W 10 inches (20.5cms).
English. C1850. Heavy grade copper construction. L 17.5 inches (44.5cms) x W 6.25 inches (15.7cms) x H 7.25 inches (18.3cms).
French. Copper with brass band to base and wood handle. L 21 inches (53.5cms) x W 7.25 inches (18.5cms) x H 15.75 inches (40cms).
English. Galvanised zinc and brass detailing and rose. L 22.75 inches (57.5cms) x W 9 inches (22.5cms) x H 13.75 inches (34.7cms).
French. C1900. Galvanised iron. Stamped on base ‘F 14′. L 23.5 inches (59.5cms) x W 7.5 inches (19cms) x H 16 inches (40.5cms).
Galvanised steel with copper faced rose. L 20.5 inches (52cms) x W 7.25 inches (18.5cms) x H 14.75 inches (37.5cms).
British. 1992. Hawes. Beech handles on brass mounts.
English. Aluminium. L 33 inches (84cms) x W 9.75 inches (24.6cms) x H 13 inches (33cms).
French. 19C. Copper and iron basal band with original pomme. L 17 inches (43cms) x W 8.25 inches (21cms) x H 14.75 inches (37.2cms).
British. 1987. Conservatory Watering Can in copper. Engraved on base: ‘–Paul’ ‘Salcombe 1987′. L 14.75 inches (37.5cms) x W 4.25 inches (10.6cms) x H 8.5 inches (21.8cms).
German. 20C. Stockburger. Copper and brass. Metal label with bilingual instructions ‘Surface protected dry clean only’. Made in Germany. 15 inches (38cms) x 7 (17) x 4 (10).
French 20C. Manufrance. Saint Etienne. ‘MF’. Galvanised steel with brass embossed plaque. 14.5 inches (36.5cms) x 5 inches (13cms).
French. 20C. Watering Funnel. Galvanised steel. 11.5 inches (29.3cms) x 4 inches (10cms).
20C. Galvanised Zinc. L 12.75 inches (32.5cms) x W 4.75 inches (12.2cms) x H 9.5 inches (24cms).
?French. Galvanised steel. Traces green paint. L 12 inches (30cms) x W 5.75 inches (14.3cms) x H 10.5 inches (27cms).
English. Late 20C. Hawes Conservatory Watering Can. Brass with copper base. Stamped ‘Hawes’. Top label in Red and gold aluminium ‘Hawes centenary 1886 – 1986. 1 pint. L 12 inches (31cms) x W 4.5 inches (11.4cms) x H 4 inches (10cms).
French. 20C. Galvanised zinc, traces green paint. Detachable rose. L 21.25 inches (54cms) x W 10 inches (TBA).
English. Mid 20C. Galvanised steel. Copper faced detachable rose. Brass plaque on top stamped ‘1 Gallon’. L 18 inches (45.5cms) x W 7.5 inches (19cms) x H 12.5 inches (31.5cms).
20C. Red and green painted steel. L 14.5 inches (37cms) x W 6 inches (15cms) x H 12 inches (30.3cms).
English. Early 20C. Embossed plaque ‘Improved Hawes Patent. Regd. No. 423373′. Zinc. Metallic paint finish. Brass rose.’2+3′. Stamped ‘3’. L 27 inches (68.8cms) x W 7.5 inches (18.3cms) x H 11 inches (27.8cms).
English C1900. Copper. Stapmed ‘3’. L 19 inches (48.2cms) x H 14 inches (35.5cms) x W 8.7 inches (22cms).
English. Early 20C. Conservatory Watering Can. Copper with detachable brass rose. Stamped ‘VR’. L 14 inches (36.5cms) x W 4.75 inches 12.4cms) x H 4 inches (10.4cms).
Hawes was founded by John Hawes of Clapton in 1886. Arthur Hawes took over in early 1900’s and sold the company in 1950 to Tala. Injection moulded plastic was introduced in the 60’s. Hawes trademark still produces metal and plastic cans today.
Galvanised Zinc. Base embossed ’10 pint’. Brass ferrules and face to rose. L 31 inches (79cms) x W 9.75 inches (24.8cms) x H 10.75 inches (27.2cms).
English. 20C. Galvanised zinc. Copper faced rose. 1.5 gallon. L 20 inches (51cms) x W 8 inches (20.5cms) x H 14.25 inches (36.2cms).
English. Early to mid 20C. Child’s Watering Can. L 11 inches (28cms) x W 5 inches (12.7cms) x H 7.5 inches (18.8cms).
English. C1900. Copper. L 24.5 inches (62cms) x W 10 inches (25.5cms) x H 17.75 inches (45cms).
English. 20C. Stamped 1/2 Gallon and L*BB. Registered Trade Mark. Galvanised steel with wired spout support. L 15.25 inches (39cms) x W 7.5 inches (19cms) x H 9.75 inches (24.5cms).
French. 19C. Galvanised iron stamped ‘2’ with copper faced rose. L 21.5 inches (55cms) x W 10.75 inches (27.2cms) x H 16.5 inches (42cms).
Galvanised steel with brass rose and joints. L 27.5 inches (69.5cms) x W 6 inches (15cms) x H 10.5 inches (26.7cms).
C1935. English. Great details stamped – Manufactured by TURN (PRECISION) LTD. WEYBRIDGE. FOR W. DARLINGTON & SONS LTD. WORTHING. 100% Products for Commercial and Glasshouse Growers.
Height to top of handle 375. Length – spout (without rose) to back of handle 730. Height of can 280 – max diameter 200 approx. The capacity is 2 gallons.
An extraordinary and totally different concept in the manufacture of a watering can. The spout/cross brace and the two handle sections are cast from aluminium alloy. The body is “spun” from aluminium sheet. The spout section is attached to the body through thick rubber washers by means of large cast aluminium wing nuts. The handle assembly is attached through rubber washers by brass machine screws and acorn shaped brass nuts. The brass ferrule for the rose is cast into the spout. It is also designed to accept a HAWS No 2/3 rose There is also a spout extension piece. The original rose, pictured here, is a flat shaped brass insert clipped into the aluminium housing by a brass circlip.
A very rare piece of garden tool history – there is one shown painted dark green in the Alistair Morris book, page 97 and also one shown in Guillaume Pellerins book on garden tools, page 95 – shown with a Haws rose.
‘The Perfect Watering Can’ ref: John Walker catalogue 1879. Also a very similar ‘Perforated Tube’ Spout Watering Can was marketed by Pfersdorff in 1871 as Pfersdorff’s French Patent Perforated Tube Watering Pot in BARR & SUGDEN´S AUTUMNAL DISCRIPTIVE CATALOQUE (Sic) 1871. Zinc. Perforated spout and rose. Holds water. ’15 foot dia bed watered in ½ time ½ effort’ Another type spout offered for more accurate watering. Number 3, 3 Gallons. (See Watering Can V). L 39.75 inches (101cms) x W 7.5 inches (19cms) x H 30.25 inches (76.8cms).
‘The Perfect Watering Can’ ref: John Walker catalogue 1879 Galvanised Zinc. Perforated spout and rose and on this item the rose is in copper. Holds water. ’15 foot dia bed watered in ½ time ½ effort’ Another type spout offered for more accurate watering. Number 4, 4 Gallons. (See Watering Can U). L 39.75 inches (101cms) x W 9.75 inches (25cms) x H 31.75 inches (80.5cms).
C1900. Probably Japanese but possibly French. Overall length including rose 810. Height 125. Diameter is 175. Approx capacity ¾ gallon.Hand made from copper sheet with rolled, lapped and soldered seams. There is a removeable fine gauze screen which filters any debris from the water while the can is being filled – thus preventing the very fine rose from being blocked.There are many dents indicating that this can has had a hard and useful life. There are a few things about a bonsai can that are different to the general concept of a watering can. The first thing noticeable is that there is no back handle – no, it’s not fallen off – they usually don’t have one. The can is carried and poured using the bracing tube to the spout. Next it has a long spout with a very fine detachable rose – because of this the can would tend to topple over when empty. To counteract this there is a small loop under the spout which acts as a steady.
An illustration from ‘The Compleat Florist’ by Louis Liger D’Auxerre. 1706.
The name ‘Watering Can’ first appeared in 1692 in Timothy Keeble’s Diary. Before that and after 1580 when it first appeared, the term ‘Watering Pot’ was used according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Pots had holes in the bottom at first before the idea of a spout was invented some 50 to 100 years later. Early cans were made in copper and then in 1850, iron, brass and zinc.
English. Early 20C. Four Oaks. A rare survivor by Four Oaks company. For watering your hanging baskets, limewashing high walls or spraying tall trees. Early 20C. Reference: CGA Annual Price Book 1936 p.686. Bamboo lance with interior brass tube. Available in lengths; 4, 6.6, 8, 10, feet and in 2 pieces, 15 feet.
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Terracotta. Used with moss inside as water shaker. H 7.25 inches (18.5cms) x W 6.75 inches (17.2cms).
Early type terracotta Watering Pot preceding Watering Can. Authenticated as antique but a modern copy. H 12 inches (30.5cms) x L 11 inches (28cms) x W 8.25cms).