Thursday, 17 September 2015
Then, by judicious use of the thumb, a gardener would have been able to transport water to the garden and sprinkle it over whichever plants needed it. Thumb over the neck meant that air pressure held the water in the pot, moving the thumb allowed air in and water out. Isn't that clever?
If you look at a large version of the photo you can probably read the label that says it's late medieval: 1400s to 1500s.