It’s really not often at all that I find a watering can complete with its rose, let alone two watering cans with brass roses! Despite having bought them together, and actually looking very similar, these cans are quite different to each other. The longer watering can with the oval opening is an English-made Haws Geniune and is much better quality than the other can, which ironically looks to be in better nick. The Haws ‘improved design’ was first produced in 1886, and hasn’t really changed in shape since then. Based on a French waterpot, the Haws watering can has been created with perfect balance – “whether full, half full or empty the can could be used without undue strain to the operator”.
But that’s not to say that our second watering can isn’t also delightful – it’s just not quite on the same level as the Haws. It’s made from a much lighter metal, and while the paintwork looks to be in really good nick, in truth it’s actually dulled over the years. We’ve given it an oil (which is easy enough to do if you want to keep it looking shiny and new), so after some use the dark green will become more matte. But it’s still super handsome and in perfect working order with the most beautiful brass rose!
P.S. New the Haws watering can sells for a ridiculous R5800 in South Africa! But if you buy it in the UK you can pick it up for around R1100. Also please note that the roses on both cans are very fine, so produce quite a delicate spray
Dimensions: Haws watering can – 90cm long x 20.5cm wide x 23cm tall; No-name long reach watering can – 66cm long x 15cm wide x 22cm tall