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Watering Can

1957 (designed), 1957 (made)
Place of origin

White plastic watering can with detachable hinged lid and spout of red plastic

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
Brief description
Red and white plastic watering can, designed by Martyn Rowlands and made by Ekco Plastics Ltd, Great Britain, 1957
Physical description
White plastic watering can with detachable hinged lid and spout of red plastic
  • Bucket top diameter: 20cm
  • Bucket base diameter: 17cm
  • Height: 46cm
  • Max footprint when displayed with hinged lid open length: 59cm
  • Bucket only heigth height: 30cm
  • Max height when displayed with lid on top of bucket height: 65cm
Gallery label
Twentieth Century Gallery label (Room 73): WATERING CAN Designed by Martyn Rowlands Made by Ekco Plastics Ltd, Great Britain, 1957 Polythene W.68-2002 Martyn Rowlands produced this design for Ekco by rethinking the classic shape and function of a watering can. The graduated bucket comes with a detachable hinged lid and spout, and is both lightweight and space saving. It garnered some publicity for its innovative design when it was launched, featuring on the cover of Design magazine in October 1957. It retailed for £2 9s 6d.(February 2003)
Credit line
Given by Martyn Rowlands
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Record createdMarch 28, 2003
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