Personalised Buckby style cans
Named after Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, Buckby cans were made and sold from the Top Lock Cottage . Families onboard working narrowboats used the cans for carrying drinking water. However, today’s leisure narrowboats usually have large water tanks and rarely need Buckby cans for their water supply. Sadly, the cans are no longer made at Long Buckby. But, similar ones in various sizes, can still be bought. As a result, Buckby cans remain a lovely, traditional, canal item. Finally, they are also a reminder of the hard lives of the families on the old working boats.
Buckby can sizes
Water cans come in a range of different sizes from 2 pints to 3 gallons. The smaller ones, holding about 2 pints (just over a litre), stand 26 cm high with the handle up. As a result, they are the perfect size for a boat or house. Consequently, I usually have some already painted which I sell from my boat Pea Green. or if you need one fast I can post!
I hand-paint with roses and daisies. Additionally, you can have these cans personalised (included in the price). Remember that space is limited! The price for a 2 pint can is £50 plus £3.30 postage.
Painted to order larger Buckby cans really stand out. A 1 gallon can costs £110 to paint plus the cost of the can – in the region of £55. I include a traditional castle scene and personalisation. You don’t need to have a boat to own one. I have, therefore, painted 1 gallon cans as garden and house ornaments.
As with all my can painting I use primer before undercoating, top coats and then decorating, before finishing with a clear varnish. As a result, they take a considerable amount of time over a 10 day period.
I am happy to restore your own Buckby can. For example, if the can is looking tired, or is poorly painted. Cans can be stripped down and completely repainted. Alternatively, if not too badly damaged I maybe able to work on a small area. Contact me for more details.