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The pointed blankets of the Hudson's Bay Company were first made in 1780, although we had been selling unpointed blankets since our founding in 1670.Hudson's Bay Point Blankets

The points are the short black lines woven into the blanket just above the bottom bar or set of stripes. They are about 4 inches in length, unless they are half points, in which case they are 2 inches in length. Blankets of 2.5, 3, 3.5 and 4 point were most common during the fur trade era.The "point" system was invented by French weavers in the mid 18th c. as a means of indicating the finished overall size (area) of a blanket, since then, as now, blankets were shrunk or felted as part of the manufacturing process. The word point derives from the French empointer meaning "to make threaded stitches on cloth". For more information on HBC point blankets read more...

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