Vintage Trade Blanket 1960 Earlys Witney Point 3.5 Pt Classic 4 Colour Stripe Hudsons Bay


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This is a vintage blanket made in England under the "Early's Witney Point" label - Early's was the first manufacturer of point blankets and were the principle supplier to the Hudson's Bay Company for their blankets from about 1681 until the 1920s when Early's competitive position forced HBC to change suppliers. This blanket dates to between 1960 and 1964 - the label on this blanket was used during that period. The blanket is made with the classic four colour stripe - red, green, yellow and deep indigo black. This is a 3 1/2 point blanket - the point system was put into practice simply to indicate the size of a blanket. 3 1/2 point blankets now indicate a single bed sized blanket - Im not sure that they still even make this size. The blanket measures 69" wide by 93" long and weighs 5 lbs and 1.7 oz. The standard size for a Hudsons Bay 3 1/2 point trade blanket before 1970 was 63 by 81 with a weight of 5 lbs, so this surpasses the Hudsons Bay standard in size and weight, and is actually closer to a 4 point size (double bed), which is 72 by 90. The nap (finish) is very good on the blanket - it looks full and I doubt that this blanket saw much use and was certainly well cared for. It is in very good condition with no tears, pronounced wear, stains or odour and looks very clean, so should be ready to use. This is a wonderful quality classic wool trade blanket and a great blanket for warmth either on a bed or for camping.