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Greg Renault
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11 Nov 2015, 16:41 #41

Here is my template for the blanket markings for the 1812 period, based on the measurements of originals, cited earlier.

I believe the black lines at the end were woven into the blanket; this is what Robert Stone does. A friend with an interest in period blankets once suggested that I use a darning needle to manually weave a twist of black yarn into mine to reproduce this. Possible, but for me, not likely. And, as the lines are each 1/8" wide and 1/4" apart, both lines only occupy 1/2" of blanket; I did not trust myself to use marker or paint. So, to date no lines on my blanket.

Note that the tip of the broad arrow is to touch the black line furthest from the blanket end. The placement diagram above allows for the 1/2" space that the two lines would occupy.
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A soldier should be as attached to, and careful of, his musket, as his mistress. (G.O. 31st December 1788, Bombay Army)
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11 Nov 2015, 17:13 #42

Hi Greg, much appreciated picture! Whilst I can sew, I can't imagine darning the lines  :D  They'd be about as straight as the roads in the Highlands!

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11 Nov 2015, 23:15 #43

Dyeing stripes won't really work; the surface of the blanket is too fibrous to be able to do it neatly.

As to the colour, I have seen Blue ones and Brown, never black.

I believe the colours have a meaning rather than being random, but I have yet to consolidate my research.

I've counted the number of ends in several of the extant blankets (it was riveting, let me assure you) and compared them with manufacturer's 'makes' (i.e their working specifications). Measuring the sizes of the surviving blankets isn't very useful due to shrinkage / stretching, but when the number of threads in the warp tally with specifications you know you've got a match.
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12 Nov 2015, 16:51 #44

Der Warenfuhrer observes:
Dyeing stripes won't really work; the surface of the blanket is too fibrous to be able to do it neatly.
I agree.
As to the colour, I have seen Blue ones and Brown, never black.
I believe that the indigo blue stripes tended to be on blankets from the AWI, while those from 1812 (at least those from the HMS Boxer) had brown stripes. In his study Stone thought it likely the stripes were originally black. I know that period textile dyes in the black/grey range would change colour to green or brown, depending on the coloring agent; I suspect this happened to the blanket stripes in question. Same thing with period ink--black when originally written, but now appears brown.
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A soldier should be as attached to, and careful of, his musket, as his mistress. (G.O. 31st December 1788, Bombay Army)
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22 Nov 2017, 21:09 #45

Memoirs of the 39th Foot, 1808-14, Private John Morris Jones (as published in JSAHR, Autumn 2017, Vol 95, No382

Crossing the Pyrenees 1813
“After the battle of the Pyrenees…our Division occupied the heights and pass of Roncesvalles, until the beginning of November. On the evening of the 7th of that month, I was, together with a corporal and 12 men, placed on the outlying picket…It rained, thundered, and hailed, nearly the whole night - indeed it was one of the worst nights I ever passed exposed to the weather. Not having great-coats, we made use of our blankets as substitutes; but when morning dawned, they were so saturated and swollen with the rain, that we could not fold them into the knapsack again…”
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