Water tank; 1850 - 1880


Water tank

About this object

Blue Bag Iron Container converted for use as a Water Tank

Laundry blue or blue bags were used to whiten clothes before commercially produced washing detergents were available. The bag was placed in the final rinse to whiten clothes and linen. As blue bags were vulnerable to moisture they were freighted in sailing ships in large sealed iron containers. This export industry from the United Kingdom was early example of ‘containerisation’. Resourceful home owners commonly re-used them as water tanks to collect roof run-off or as firewood containers.

Date Made

1850 - 1880

Medium and Materials

Iron box on wood stand with tap.


1220H x 1220W x 1230D mm
Height with stand 2010mm

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