Blanket

Paul Durrant
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10:08 PM - May 22, 2013 #1

British soldier's blanket 1776
2005.153.001  

Provenance: "Broad Arrow British Blanket left by the British in Boston at
the time of the evacuation, given by Gershom Bradford." p. 135 of gift
ledger for 1952. Taken from Boston Common by William Hickling during the
evacuation of the British Troops in 1775 (Revolutionary War). Donated to
DRHS in 1968 as part of the Bradford House Collection, Gift of Gershom
Bradford III and Edward W. Bradford.

Dimensions:
81.5" (h) x 65.5" (w)

& Courtesy of the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society

Please note: this information and photography is for educational purposes only and may not be reproduced, published or altered without permission of the DRHS.
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John Waller
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9:35 AM - May 23, 2013 #2

Any idea what the size of the GR marking is? The blue stripes are interesting. I have a couple of what I believe to be C20th ex british army wool blankets that have two blue stripes down the centre of the blanket. I think at Wollaton Rob Yuill had one with three stripes down the centre that he had liberated from government service. Perhaps a type of marking that has persisted over the centuries?
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10:25 AM - May 23, 2013 #3

It brings to notice of discussion again the distinction between Navy and Army blankets. And for the latter, the various types- hospital, barrack or camp equipage. What were the differences, if any?
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12:08 PM - May 26, 2013 #4

Hullo all,
The US Company of Military Historians published an article by Robert Stone (who weaves excellant copies of AWI blankets) in 1997 which describes 8 existing military blankets in museums on this side of the pond.
According to the article, the Cypher was block printed and runs from 8" to 9" high, and 9 1/2" to 11 1/4" wide.
Each of the blankets has two small stripes about 1" to 3" from each end. Each stripe is two shots of coloured yarn separated by 4 shots of white. In the article, he describes the stripe yarn as medium to dark brown which he supposes to originally black, but it is interesting to note that his reproductions now have blue yarn for stripes. (I picked a second hand one a few years ago for the discounted price of $170!)
By the way, five of the 8 blankets are from captures made during the War of 1812.
Added to this post is a photo of the blanket at Ft Ticonderoga, NY
Aye,
Iain

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4:57 PM - May 27, 2013 #5

Greetings!

This is one of Robert Stone's British Soldier's blankets:


Cheers!

Radford Polinsky
(Sjt. John Savage, Col's Coy. HM 33rd Foot -AWI)
www.33rdfoot.org

(Rct. Joseph Radford 559, 33rd Foot 1815)
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12:15 PM - Sep 04, 2013 #6

Just been re-reading the notes I have on the Trotter archive and found this snippet fron one of the letter books:-

Out of 1000 pairs of (eight ) blankets each blanket to measure when furnished 84 long by 66 wide and to weigh when perfectly dry and free from oil or filth of any kind 8lbs and 6oz per pair. The warp and wool alike and not spun to hard and thready. The knap well raised on both sides, the colour clear and good and the wool itself good and sweet to be delivered as above free of every other expense at [blank] per pair

No date. poss circa 1803.
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1:48 PM - Sep 05, 2013 #7

That's wierd! A pair of blankets??

Confused of Chatham
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3:06 PM - Sep 05, 2013 #8

Obadiah:10505 wrote:That's wierd! A pair of blankets??

Confused of Chatham
Possibly for barracks issue? Two men to a bed?
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3:50 PM - Sep 05, 2013 #9

8lb 6oz ? That's a seriously heavy blanket !
My modern MOD weighs 3lb 12oz and is wider  - 72" and is about the same length.

Has any reenactor got a blanket that heavy?

I think I remember reading "somewhere" (sorry!)  that the men carried either a Greatcoat or a blanket but not both. A Greatcoat I think weighed 5lbs.
Will try and find references but someone probably has them.

Small wonder the men traded blankets and found wiling buyers among the Spanish peasantry.
"Far the calling bugles hollo,
High the screaming Fife replies,
Gay the files of scarlet follow:
Woman bore me, I will rise"
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4:54 PM - Sep 05, 2013 #10

Obadiah:10505 wrote:That's wierd! A pair of blankets??

Confused of Chatham
One of the men in my AWI period company of the 33rd has a blanket which is actually two 3 1/2 point white blankets with black stripes which have been woven as one piece. There is a thread running across the weave to mark where they should have been cut into two blankets, but these were never cut. Could this be what is meant by a pair of blankets?
Cheers!

Radford Polinsky
(Sjt. John Savage, Col's Coy. HM 33rd Foot -AWI)
www.33rdfoot.org

(Rct. Joseph Radford 559, 33rd Foot 1815)
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