Vintage Hudson's Bay 4 Point Blanket
$150 or Best Offer
Red wool Hudson's Bay Point Blanket for sale.
- Cash only
- Buyer must pick up
Hudson's Bay Point Blanket:
For over two centuries, the Hudson's Bay Point Blanket has been an iconic product in Canada and around the world. It is enjoyed as much today as when it was first introduced into the fur trade in 1780.
The Point System:
The "point" system was invented by French weavers in the mid-18th century as a means of indicating the finished overall size (area) of a blanket. The word point derives from the French empointer, meaning "to make threaded stitches on cloth."
Each blanket was graded using a point system. Points were identified by the indigo lines woven into the side of each blanket. A full point measured 4-5.5 inches (10-14 centimetres); a half point measured half that length. The standard measurements for a pair of 1-point blankets was: 2 feet, 8 inches (81 centimetres) wide by 8 feet (2.4 metres) in length; with a weight of 3 pounds, 1 ounce (1.4 kilograms) each. Points ranged from 1 to 6, increasing by halves depending upon the size and weight of the blanket.
The number of points on a blanket represents the overall finished size of the blanket, not its value in terms of beaver pelts as is sometimes believed.