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Watering Can History A

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.