Collecting Vintage Watering Cans | Living the Country Life

Collecting Vintage Watering Cans

Watering cans are beautiful tools, and vintage models are just as useful and attractive as the day they were made, especially to gardeners and collectors. William Bryant Logan, in The Tool Book (1997), credits enterprising French and English gardeners of the late 19th century for the shape and style of vessels we recognize as watering cans today. French watering cans tend to be oval in cross section, which makes them easy to carry. English-style watering cans often have two handles, one for carrying and one for pouring. Vintage watering cans in working condition (without leaks) can command high prices with collectors, so keep your eyes open for them at estate sales and flea markets. Vintage cans might be somewhat the worse for wear, dented or missing their rose, but they still lend instant history to a garden.

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