I've been on a blanket kick lately, as I do from time to time. And I just felt like talking about them. Ran across this little collection of information about Revolutionary War army issued blankets. http://revwar75.com/library/rees/variety.htm While we know there were various colors of blankets (Even green and brown!), and checked patterns, the largest majority of 18th century blankets seem to have been white (or white-ish... whatever the natural wool color was), with stripes at either end. A single stripe, or sets of multiple stripes of blue, red, or black. Often with a series of red and blue stripes (From what I understand, Dutch blankets tend to be white with red and blue stripes). "Rose blankets", which were often huge, were white, sometimes with stripes, and with stars or rosettes coarsely embroidered in the corners. They also had "point blankets", very similar to the familiar type. White with blue (super dark blue), red, and possibly black stripes at each end. One known revolutionary war point blanket is shown in the link above (and it's spliced together!!! Or sure looks like it in the picture!). This awesome documentable blanket is white with very dark indigo blue stripes. The problem today is, if you want a blanket that looks at least reasonably close (reasonably close is good enough, at least for me) to an 18th century blanket, rather than the common brown/gray/OD green surplus blankets we all know and love, there ain't much available. You can buy a fine hand-woven blanket, but they're not super cheap (but they can sure be nice! I would REALLY love one from Bull Mountain Weaving!!!). So, you go looking for a nice old blanket that's white with stripes at the ends.... which can be difficult to find. Even plain white blankets can be hard to come by. I will sometimes scour ebay and see what I can find... and on occasion, I get a winner. I just got this one. A nice size (long enough to cover me... make sure you check the dimensions when you're shopping! A LOT of blankets are less than 6' long... most likely they've been improperly washed and dried, and have shrunk!), fairly dense and heavy, white with a narrow black stripe at each end. In pretty good shape, with only a few bug nibbles (no holes). I'm looking forward to packin' this sucker out into the woods! I also happened upon another just a while ago... kind of a holy grail blanket.... I'll show it when I get it.