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Virginia's hot and humid summers often resulted in drought which threatened kitchen gardens and plantation fields alike. On the occasions "that your Earth grows dry," advised Batty Langley in George Washington's 1728 copy of New Principles of Gardening, "'tis requisite to give it a moderate watering […] with a watering Pot and Rose." Accordingly, Washington erected a cistern in his lower kitchen that kept a ready supply of tepid water. It was gently spread about from the perforated head, or "rose," of a watering can much like this eighteenth-century example. More

Date

1700-1800


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Copper, lead solder, iron


Dimensions

Overall: 13 1/8 in. x 20 in. x 8 3/8 in. (33.35 cm x 50.8 cm x 21.29 cm)


Credit

Gift of Sarah Key Patten, 1936


Signed

Stamped on the lid: "BALLOUARD".


Object Number

M-1055


Colors


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