Some manufacturers of point blanket coats merely tailored their standard mackinaw pattern in a different material. As seen in Vogue Australia. Métis Culture The Hudson's Bay Point Blanket Point blankets were most often used by Native American tribes as a piece of clothing. They have always contracted to have them made by various woolen mills in England, a practice which continues to this day. The business was housed in an historic building that was in the process of being restored as an art gallery sadly it was destroyed completely in a fire on June 29, 2014. Our programs are designed to nourish the dignity and integrity of the family, to build community spirit and to affirm our Métis cultural identity.
About four inches in length except in the case of half points, which are two inches , they indicate the finished overall size area of a blanket and allow a blanket's size to be easily determined even when folded. On a queen sized bed! In present day, the Hudson's Bay blanket is still a bestselling item in Canada. Generally older point blankets are more valuable than regular wool blankets of the same age. Shoppers can also find Hudson's Bay blanket jackets, T-shirts, towels, throws, and even holiday stockings. Of superior construction with a tight weave, this Witney 3. A full point measured 4—5. In the United States they can be found at luxury department store and Hudson's Bay sister chain.
So great was the contribution of Witney blanket-makers, that the terms 'point blankets' and 'Witney' are nearly interchangeable. The misconception persists that originally the points were an indication of the blanket price in beaver pelts or even its weight. Hi Marilyn, Sounds like you have a completely irreplaceable blanket there. Larger blankets, like the six point queen and the eight point king, cost more and were introduced during the past fifty years to accommodate larger bed sizes. For now, though, I settle deeply into a blissful sleep.
Although the cream with the green, red, yellow and blue stripe are the most recognizable, the dark red and black stripe was pretty common too. They have always reminded me of a cheerful roll of Life Savers candy. I'm also wondering if anyone can help me figure out the age. Three and a half point blanket showing detail of the points. Pattern: Multi-stripe or 'duffle' pattern; this trade point features a solid off-white wool background with wide black indigo , yellow, red and green color bands color sequencing from the label ; a pattern used for 'capotes' once associated with traders from the Three Rivers region of North America. I do hope to have the credit where its due, but if you do not wish to link, you may remove the image.
Properly cared for, it will last a lifetime. Point Blankets - age How can I tell how old my blanket is? There is one slight discoloration, a barely discernible shadow within the cream-colored pile weave, measuring approx. Points were first used on blankets made for the domestic market in France during the 16th century; indeed the term 'point' is thought to come from the French verb 'empointer', meaning to make stitches on cloth. We'll post more information as soon as it's available. Half points could be worth either half a beaver pelt, or an imperfect one. The blanket wool is thick and has a long nap, which is also more typical of earlier production blankets than those found on coats dating from the 1950s-present, after manufacturing was switched from England to Canada.
In Canada, the Hudson's Bay blanket is almost as iconic as the beaver or the maple leaf. Iconic Canadian 'Capote' Fur trappers, traders, and mountain men adopted much of the native Indian dress, including the warm and durable mid-calf length hooded 'capote' fashioned from trade point blankets, traditionally worn by tribes of the northern plains, Rocky Mountains, and the northern plateau. Points were identified by the indigo lines woven into the side of each blanket. You can read our interview with him Go to Page. It makes sense, as the company had a lot of experience with blanket coats. Please note that some vintage blankets are more greatly prized by collectors as bed coverings or wall-hangings than as blanketing for garments.
The blanket became an essential part of daily wear, especially in the winter months, and its importance was reflected in the culture of the times in that it became a major form of currency in a society where barter was the lynchpin of the economy. Until approximately 1835, it is thought that all blankets purchased by Hudson Bay were made by various mills in and around Witney. The Coyote Fur throw by. According to modern sewing patterns available online , a 3 ½ point blanket size is suitable to make a fine 'capote', as well as hooded pullovers, Mackinaw's, leggings, and other garments for men, women and children. I had a Grandfather who tried to make an early living out of the trapping of beaver pelts. The multistripe design is often associated with Hudson's Bay Point Blankets The label on point blankets aids collectors in dating them Point blankets were most often used by Native American tribes as a piece of clothing.
Colour was certainly an important factor for these discerning groups of consumers; different shades and their intensity often held spiritual meanings as well as acting as a personal or fashion statement. Although some sources suggest there is some meaning to the stripe colours or order, the truth is that nothing intentional was meant by the design. The number of points on a blanket was not originally intended to indicate that it should be traded for the same number of pelts, but that was often how they came to be used. Have a safe and happy holiday season! The North American market Early's advertising sign showing a point blanket trading between a Native American and an early merchant. The lady who bought it was making coats out of them.