Throughout the past century, the label affixed to blankets has changed twenty six times (since 1890); this assists collectors in dating blankets to a particular time period.The Hudson’s Bay blankets became so popular that eventually point blankets themselves came to be associated with the Hudson’s Bay Company.fit=210,300&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0com/roadstories.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/book-point-blankets-harold-tichenor-1.jpg? fit=308,441&ssl=1" /“Pioneer at Fort Garry 1861”, oil on canvas by Adam Sherriff Scott assisted by E. " data-medium-file="https://i2com/roadstories.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/hbc-mural-point-blanket-trading-1.jpg? fit=300,94&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2com/roadstories.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/hbc-mural-point-blanket-trading-1.jpg? fit=580,181&ssl=1" class="wp-image-1442 size-full" title="hbc-mural-point-blanket-trading" src="https://i2com/roadstories.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/hbc-mural-point-blanket-trading-1.jpg? resize=599,187&ssl=1" alt="Detail from mural in the Winnipeg Hudson's Bay Company store" srcset="https://i2com/roadstories.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/hbc-mural-point-blanket-trading-1.jpg? Detail from mural installed in the Winnipeg Hudson’s Bay Company store depicting aboriginals, Métis and settlers wearing blankets and engaged in trade. There are few objects more quintessentially Canadian.w=599&ssl=1 599w, https://i2com/roadstories.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/hbc-mural-point-blanket-trading-1.jpg? resize=300,94&ssl=1 300w" sizes="(max-width: 599px) 100vw, 599px" data-recalc-dims="1" /“Pioneer at Fort Garry 1861” – oil on canvas by Adam Sherriff Scott assisted by E. Point blankets are found in the “blanket box” at the foot of the bed in every cottage, cabin, fishing lodge, Bed & Breakfast and resort in the country.they went back to the Converse Shoe Company’s house and they made sweet, sweet love. (Of the Lifesaver Striped wool, Jack Purcell variety) Just love them.
“It’s even whispered, up Canada way, that ancient trappers, long since retired into town, can still hear the horned owl hoot, the woodpecker hammer its way to a grub, and the white-throat’s silver singing, when they pull a Point blanket closer around their ears on a winter’s night.”cover of The Blanket, an illustrated history of the Hudson’s Bay Point blanket by Harold Tichenor " data-medium-file="https://i0com/roadstories.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/book-the-blanket-harold-tichenor-1.jpg?
These days, though, the term blanket may be applied to quilts, bedspreads, comforters, and duvets.
These blankets are made of all sorts of materials, including cotton, linen, silk, synthetic fibers, goose down, and even old clothes.
Among the many point blankets traded in those times, it was the blanket traded by the Hudson’s Bay Company that became the most prized because of its excellent craftsmanship and high quality.
These blankets were woven in blanket mills, mainly those in Oxfordshire and Yorkshire in England.