Virginia's hot summers often resulted in drought, threatening George Washington's kitchen gardens and plantation fields alike. On the occasions "that your Earth grows dry," advised Batty Langley in 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 watering cans such as this one. More





Copper, lead solder, iron


Overall: 15 1/8 in. x 20 3/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (38.43 cm x 51.77 cm x 22.23 cm)


Gift of Thomas Blagden, 1916

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