John Haws commenced making watering cans in Clapton, North East London in 1886. John’s nephew, Arthur, took over the business in the early 1900’s. During John and Arthur’s era Haws established itself as the maker of premium watering cans for amateur and professional gardeners.
Since the 1930’s, this range experienced many misfortunates due to war, cheap copies, production and quality issues created by successive new owners and competition.
In 1982 Eclipse Sprayers purchased Haws patents, goodwill and tooling. With John Massey at the helm, this popular product once again reins as the premium watering can.
Phillip & Lea stocks the largest range of Haws metal watering cans in Australia. We stock most capacities and colours in the slimline, long-reach, traditional and heritage ranges. We also stock spare all brass roses for the cans we stock.
The metal cans are made of heavy gauge steel, hot dipped in zinc and powder coated. The galvanized process provides the metal can with rust prevention, strength and long-life. Haws places a life expectancy of 15-20 years on their metal cans.
The traditional, heritage and 8 litre slimline cans are fitted with the round all brass rose, and therefore suited for outdoor use (including conservatories, greenhouse and patio) and established plants and pots.
The long-reach and 5 litre slimline cans are fitted with oval all brass roses, and therefore suited for seedlings as well as outdoor use (including conservatories, greenhouse and patio) and established plants and pot. The angle of the spout allows the rose to be rotated allowing two types of pours – fast and gentle. These cans can also be fitted with finer and coarser all-brass roses.
The Phillip & Lea Shopkeepers in Australia use the 8 litre long-reach can in their gardens. The length of its spout makes it ideal for accessing all parts of the bed. As the Head Shopkeeper is a vegetable grower the pour of the long-reach can is ideal for vegetable seeds and seedling.