Hudson Blanket

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  1. tallpines

    tallpines Well-Known Member

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    Forgive me if I have ask about this previously.

    That "Old Timers Disease" is sneaking up on me.

    I have a blanket here that I bought at an estate auction for $20.oo.

    It looks like a Hudson Bay Blanket but it is NOT the real thing.

    The label says:

    All Virgin Wool
    WARMBILT Lifetime Blanket
    Quality Supreme
    Minnesota Woolen Co.
    Duluth, Mn

    I've been holding it on my lap, stitching up a couple small frayed spots and it is a really WARM blanket! Not very heavy and nice and soft.

    Did I get a good deal for $20.00?
    What do you know about this company?
    Are they still making blankets?
     
  2. tallpines

    tallpines Well-Known Member

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    Nevermind-----I'm finding info at eBay and Google :)
     

  3. Cabin Fever

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    I’d say any 100% virgin wool black in good condition is well worth $20. You said that you were stitching up some frayed spots. The beauty of a true Hudson’s Bay Blanket is that the wool does not fray. In fact, a HB blanket does not have whip stitched edges (or silk hems)…it doesn’t need them…the edges are raw cuts. In the old days, Voyageurs and American Indians could cut up HB blankets to make clothes without hemming any of pieces. We have five HB blankets, three are “candy striped.” one is green, one is red.
     
  4. tallpines

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    On this blanket, the sides are just the "raw" woven edge, but the ends of the blanket have a whip stitch.

    Its very nice looking-----Cream colored with 4 wide stripes at each end.........Black, Yellow, Red and Green.
     
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    on a side note, if you have a wool blanket with moth holes, you can felt it (in the washing machine) it will come out smaller, but the hoels will close up. It makes a really warm "barrier" layer. I have a pendleton wool blanket from my parents that they never used and got all "holy" so I felted it. I take it camping when it will be cold(like in the teens or lower), I put it over my sleeping bag and I'm toasty, and any damp sits on top, or breathes thru--something like that.

    Sounds like you got a really great deal!!
     
  6. hunter63

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    Good buy,any WOOL blanket is worth $20 bucks.
    Have a couple of Hudson blankets as well as a couple of capoes made from them, real ones 4-point start @ about $165.00 =/-.
    Never go anywhere camping/hunting /rendezvous with out them.
     
  7. tallpines

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    Okay----I tried doing a Google search but I still don't know what a "capoe" is.

    Or----did you mean to write Canoe?
     
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    Santa Claus in a Hudson Bay blanket capote (made by WIHH):

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    That is a nice job WIHH did. That looks great!
     
  12. tallpines

    tallpines Well-Known Member

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    Next question:

    What do the "points" mean?

    How are they determined?
     
  13. ttryin

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    Can't remember for sure but ... Minnesota Woolen Mills could have been a company that was sold door-to-door in the upper Midwest or sold in yard goods stores. What I do remember is quality and expensive...50 !!! years ago !!! In that time I seem to remember it being higher quality that Pendleton. Could also have been a door-to-door salesman who bought his own inventory. Pendleton was sold that way then too....so were most things, if someone was home to answer the door.

    I googled a bit and couldn't find anything, but I seem to remember Minnesota Woolen Mills.

    I'd definitely say you have a gem. I look all over for woolen blankets and slacks in the second-hand stores here and rarely find anything.

    T
     
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    Has to do with size/weight, 4 point 72"X90" @ 5.45 #, 3 point @4.1#, 5 point 6.10#
    Per Crazy Crow Tradings web site.
     
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    It does sound like you got a very good buy but be careful when bringing
    wool into your home.

    We soak all new wool items and wrap them in the freezer for a few weeks, just to kill any potential larvae that might be there....that is especially important if your item already has signs of moth damage.
     
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    So what is a real one worth? I have a full size one I've never used before. It's perfect.
     
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    Originally the number of points were equal to the number of prime beaver pelts that were needed to trade for the blanket. So, it took 4 beaver pelts to obtain a 4-point blanket. The points are dyed into the blanket...they are black stripes about 6-inches long and 1/2" wide.

    Here are a couple of photos that we took at Fort Williams in Thunder Bay, Ontario of a ton of trade blankets:

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  18. TundraGypsy

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    AAAAaaaaaaaah, I love wool blankets. I picked up a nice Hudson Bay blanket at an estate sale once. It was thrown in a corner of the garage and I spotted it immediately because of the stripes. Got it for $20.00 and its in pretty good shape. When ever I'm out at garage sales, I pick up wool blankets that no one else wants anymore. The young folk want all them soft, fluffy things. They don't know that those blankets won't keep them warm on a real cold night. If the power grid ever goes; we'll always keep warm at night at our house.
     
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