John Haws may have set the standard for watering cans, but it has by no means been the only choice over the years. Martha Stewart Living's current issue showcases the beauty and variety of vintage tin watering cans, their 'new favorite collectible', which means they will soon become scarce at the antique shops and flea markets. The article made me recall the old tin watering cans my grandparents owned, their cool feel, and how the surface scratches and dents became a diary of their constant use.
The many watering cans in the article's photos are from a time before plastics changed industry, and possibly have been retired since that time. The weathering of the materials makes the cans in the photos feel like portraits of faces full of character. Whether they can still hold water or not almost seems besides the point. Photographs by Gentl & Hyers for Martha Stewart Living matt at apartmettherapy dot com