Dating indian blankets
Capps blankets are often quite simple in design, but elegant in their simplicity. Joseph, Missouri – Buell made the most faithful copies of true Indian designs and stopped producing after 1911.
They were extremely well woven and highly collectible. Buells have always been extremely difficult to obtain.
Trade blankets have long been an integral part of Native American culture.
INSTANT EXPERT TIP: Pendleton blankets with round corners like the magnificent backgammon pattern example pictured on this page were made between 18.Indian trade blankets are often referred to generically as Pendleton blankets.While Pendleton is the only pioneer Indian blanket manufacturer still in existence, there were many companies that made Indian blankets. Capps & Sons – Jacksonville, Illinois – They were the first mill to produce Indian trade blankets – sending out their first samples on June 17, 1892. Capps & Sons label and also as the American Indian Blanket Mills.All Pendletons made after 1908 have square corners. Serious vintage blanket collectors seek pre-1942 blankets.
In 1942 all mills were converted to war use and no Indian blankets were made for the duration of the hostilities.
The designs were based on the Oriental rugs popular in the eastern United States.