doctorow at May 23rd, 2014 01:03 — #1
hughstimson at May 23rd, 2014 01:26 — #2
I've considered buying a Hudson's Bay Blanket, and read up on some of the methods for dating and authenticating vintage versions.
I decided not to make the purchase, because
- even Value Village seems to know not to sell them used for less than hundreds of dollars and
- it would just feel funny having a sample of one of the most storied disease vectors in the history of colonial genocide draped over my spare bed.
They are handsome though, and redolent of history.
grumblebum at May 23rd, 2014 01:54 — #3
I've had one of these blankets for years. It has been in the family for some time; I'm not sure how long, but I'm guessing I am either generation three or four to have used it.
The poor thing finally lost its distinctive logo patch a few years ago, and has a moth-hole the size of a fist. But it's still my number one go-to blanket for serious warmth in the winter.
Due to the cosmetic wear, I considered buying a new one last year. Saw the current retail and balked rather hard. Not so much because they're expensive -- good things frequently are -- but because, shit man, mine still works just fine.
technobee1 at May 23rd, 2014 02:00 — #4
The blankets are made in England. Woolrich is a Pennsylvania company that imports them to the US. A look at the Wikipedia page for the blankets shows the company that makes them now - John Atkinson, a sub brand of A.W. Hainsworth & Sons Ltd. It looks like you can buy what is essentially the same point blanket under a different name in England. http://witneybedding.co.uk/purchase_point_blankets_26.html
acerplatanoides at May 23rd, 2014 02:05 — #5
Canada is like one of those places where the cheapest drink is 20 bucks, to keep the riff-raff out.
boundegar at May 23rd, 2014 02:43 — #6
I had one of these as a kid. It was... a blanket.
jake0748 at May 23rd, 2014 04:29 — #8
Here we are. On the Internet. Talking about blankets. (That are too expensive to buy for most of us). Holy Crap.
simonize at May 23rd, 2014 05:59 — #9
$437? What's that in beaver pelts?
t180_caidis at May 23rd, 2014 06:57 — #10
$437? So you mean, like, 25 Mexican blankets??
anotherbozo at May 23rd, 2014 07:03 — #11
They are great blankets. But you can get them from Cabella's and LL Bean. They are not hard to source. I've also bought vintage knockoffs on ebay that were great blankets. One that I bought was even better than a Hudson Bay. I bought one for $40 at a flea market.
halloween_jack_ at May 23rd, 2014 07:55 — #12
I was about to mention LL Bean as well, but even theirs is about that price. Sheesh.
dean_yeazel at May 23rd, 2014 08:03 — #13
For a lower cost, US made alternative, try Fairbault Woolen Mills: http://www.faribaultmill.com/wool-blankets.html . Still steep at $325.
chgoliz at May 23rd, 2014 09:01 — #14
Fun fact: the points (which corresponded to how many stripes were on the blanket) indicated thickness/warmth of wool. So 6 points is great when you're a voyageur sleeping under the stars, but probably too much for the average centrally-heated home these days.
Not sure that these new versions adhere to that convention, however.
teknocholer at May 23rd, 2014 09:35 — #15
Hey, we would love to have the riff-raff come to visit. Many of us are riff-raff ourselves (not easy with beer at $20). However all retail prices in Canada are set by the Governor-General, after consultation with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our hands are tied.
teknocholer at May 23rd, 2014 09:42 — #16
To clarify, the coloured stripes are not the indication of the point count. The points are thin dark lines woven into one edge of the blanket so that the size and weight can be read when the blanket is folded.
Here's a 3 1/2 pointer:
bigdaddyhame at May 23rd, 2014 09:58 — #17
or, you know, you could buy the HBC point blanket from the Hudson's Bay Company itself...
$295-495 depending on size.
dragonfrog at May 23rd, 2014 10:39 — #18
I'm assuming you're thinking about the smallpox blanket biological warfare attack? If so, rest easy (?) on the Hudson's Bay Yuppy Blanket front - that incident happened at Fort Pitt (now Pittsburgh) Pennsylvania, and there's no reason to believe they were this particular type of blankets.
chgoliz at May 23rd, 2014 10:51 — #19
Yes, thanks for that clarification! I should have said lines, not stripes.
chickied at May 23rd, 2014 10:57 — #20
I'm not proud of this, but my grandparents had three of these and when my mom was divvying up their estate, this was the thing most everyone was hoping to get. Sadly, they seem to have disappeared in my grandparents later years so we never found them.
vonbobo at May 23rd, 2014 11:18 — #21
Weird.. seems like a blanket for the "in crowd".
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