petrusplancius (petrusplancius) wrote in linguaphiles,

German query

A Wasserkufen standing in the street in early 19th Century Nuremberg. What exactly would this have been? What would it have been used for? A passing stranger was observed to wash his hands in it. Would this have been unusual behaviour?
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punainen_usva

August 27 2014, 13:55:07 UTC 3 months ago

Basically it's a big barrel (fitting about 300 litres) and was one of the things used to extinguish fire.

gesch1

I'm not sure about it, but I don't think it would have been that unusual to see someone passing by washing their hands in it. (Did you read about it in a text about Kaspar Hauser? Sorry for asking, just curious.)

petrusplancius

August 27 2014, 14:14:14 UTC 3 months ago

Excellent, thank you. Yes, it is from a text about Hauser, no need to apologize for asking; at around the time at which Hauser was attacked and wounded by some unknown person, a stranger answering to Hauser's description of the attacker was seen washing his hands in a Wasserkufen nearby.