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Couldn't find a 'Collectibles' thread so I started one.
I'm looking for info on a Hudsons Bay point blanket I recently bought at a yard sale. The label on it was used from the early 1960's to mid 1970's.
It is a 4 point, uncut pair, scarlet on indigo approximately 168"x72".
I've done a lot of Googling but can't find the year the uncut pairs were no longer sold.
Help???
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Did you try the HBC Museum? They will have the most accurate information for you. Nice find!!! Fabulous blankets!

http://www.hbc.com/hbcheritage/history/blanket/
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How can I determine the age of my blanket?

The blanket label is the best tool to date a blanket: its colour, size, colour of thread, text and layout of the text all provides useful information regarding date of manufacture. Size (dimensions) of blanket and blanket colour are also extremely useful.

While HBC Heritage Services is not in a position to advise on the age of any blanket, here are a few general guidelines:

Early labels were usually red on white and fairly consistent in size, being roughly 1.5" x 2.5" give or take a quarter or eight of an inch
By the 1940s the label size changed to about 3.5" x 3"
Bilingual labels were introduced in 1970
Six point (Queen-size) blankets were introduced in the mid to late 1960s
Eight-point (King-size) blankets were introduced in the mid to late 1980s
Use of the text ALL WOOL was discontinued by 1950
Use of the text 100% WOOL began in 1950
The U.S. Registration No. 220747was first issued in 1926

Author and HBC point blanket collector Harold Tichenor has published a guide for collectors.


Link to Tichenor's Guide : http://www.pointblankets.com/
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Thanks GF, I had seen that. Good info on labels there but nothing about when they stopped selling uncut pairs.
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What's an "uncut pair"?
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Google is my friend:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/s ... .google.ca

Here's an uncut one on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.ca/Vintage-Hudson-Bay-P ... 25638f9708

The ebay site says ...

Up until the 1970’s, these blankets were shipped as pairs, literally 1 long blanket with 2 labels and 2 sets of points and coloured stripes. At the store, these blankets would be cut into 2 regular sized blankets. Some of these blankets were left in their un-separated state to make a double length blanket.
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Thanks GF :) I knew that uncut pairs stopped sometime in the '70s but trying to narrow it down a bit more. I'm surprised that that info isn't readily available considering the extent of record keeping by manufacturers. Regardless, everything I have found so far makes for very interesting reading.
EBay is a great place to find deals but can be not so great for sellers like the ad link you posted. 1 bid, $300. It'll be interesting to see what it finally sells for. It's value is twice the retail list, plus collectability value.
The one I have is from the same era and is in even better condition, no fraying.
Some things I've uncovered...these blankets were made in (I think) 50 pair bolts. Lengths were shipped to retailers etc as per order, in one piece. The retailer would then just rip off whatever length they were selling to an individual. I haven't looked yet but there should be a tear point woven or cut into ours, half way along it's length.
An uncut pair was sometimes used by campers, hunters etc. as an instant sleeping bag. Just climb onto the unfolded blanket and pull the other half up over you.
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Anyone else here have Bay blankets??
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My folks do, still in use at their house.
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grammafreddy wrote:What's an "uncut pair"?


Uncircumcised twins?

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I almost dropped when I clicked on this thread and realized how old it is.
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I have just recently been handed a persons estate and I'm trying to figure the value of their stamp and coin collection before they die. I have looked at a bunch of websites and have discovered that the market has collapsed in both.
Do you collect coins or stamps? Has the value collapsed, or is there hope?
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Silver or gold content, all others are face value.
The greatest value was to the person that collected them for entertainment value.
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So far I have found everything short of perhaps 5 coins( that would be big$$$ if they were here) in US and Can pennies/ nickels.
Yup...the entire run of US wheatback pennies starting 1909.
This person was 20 years old when WW2 ended. They started collecting about 1935. Well over 150 lbs of coins...and I've only gone through about 20 lbs so far. This is mind numbing.
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Anyone ever heard of a 1953 chromed Canadian penny?
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