Source for white wool blanket

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    Would any of you know were one could buy a white wool blanket likely under $60? I've cheaked NW Traders, but they dont seem to have any for that cheep, and their cheap trade blankets don't come in white. I've also searched through several army surplus websites and find no white, just grey, dark green etc...
    My plan is to make a white capote when I finally get one.
     
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    I don’t think there is in that price range... or twice.
    White that you can get cheeped tend to be thin and light often with waffle pattern.
    We’re seeing some with a red stripe that pattered out in the 120 range.
     
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    I have bought english hospital military surplus blankets at the army surplus store and they are nice. Its been awhile ago but they were $30.
     
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    They look historic but aren’t. The striping is modern. Many old blankets were just white. Bars tended to be black , navy blue, Royal Navy blue, or some red. It seems to be just a bar.
    You can buy white or ivory yellowish wool blanketing, but it’s thiner then true blankets.
    Though white-was the go to color, colored blankets were made.
    Living history buffs just don’t represent a big enough market for woolrich to go after.
     
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    The Ganagarro blanket (white with red stripes throughout is based on the original blanket fragment in the collections of the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, NE. Richard Early, chairman of Early & Marriot of Witney, England came to the museum in 1973 and drafted the pattern for the reproduction of this 17th Dutch trade blanket. Early's made at least 5 different trade blankets to commemorate the American Bicentennial.
    The Lachine was also one that was made and it has the alternating red and blue stripes. I do not know where the original is that this was based one.
    The oldest point blanket in the world is at the Museum of the Fur Trade. It was carried by a soldier in the Revolutionary War, it is white with black (indigo) bars and 3 points. You can see it on the museum's website, www.furtrade.org
    One of the 1976 blankets is white with a 3" black bar with a narrow bar above and below on each end. It has 4 short points. It is the only one of the 1976 reproductions that has points.
    All of the blankets they did are great for re-enacting. The Museum of the Fur Trade has one of the Ganagarro's for sale in the Museum Shop
     
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    Have you searched through the Etsy site?
    They have a random selection
     
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    Keep an eye out in thrift shops and antique shops.
     
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    Well you could check with these folks https://www.endicotts.co.uk/content/british-wool-blanket-creamy-white-wiv-stripe-0. These were plentiful in the US for a time, but they have dried up. I cut the blue stipes from mine and then blanket stitched the cut edges, and pieced the blanket back together with a center seam as many old blankets were done. The price is like $20 American, but who knows what the shipping will cost you. Another source is eBay...same problems...https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/British-...630515?hash=item3b2984a9b3:g:8C0AAOSwV3hb6faF


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    I don't know if I ever got an answer to this but regarding thickness of the blanket I have surmised it is directly related to weight.
    Most of mine fall into the "trade" blanket category because they weigh 4lbs or thereabouts.
    Prime blankets weigh 6-6 1/2 lbs
     
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    Ebay. Browse through hundreds of pages of "vintage wool blankets". I've gotten many really nice blankets this way, but, it is getting harder and harder to find anything that could remotely pass as an 18th-19th century blanket. You'll have to look through tons and tons of plaid "stadium blankets", and bunches of blankets from the 50's in sea foam green, peach, dusty rose, and pale yellow. All fine blankets, if you can stand the pastel colors. White blankets with stripes at the end that are passable enough for 18th-19th century blankets are harder and harder to come by all the time, but you'll still run across them occasionally. Even plain white ones are hard to find. But, currently, there is a dealer on ebay that has some British wool blankets that are all white, and at least worth a look. I don't have one, so can't attest to the quality.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Wool-British-Military-Surplus-Blanket-Cream-White/264437407982?_trkparms=aid=111001&algo=REC.SEED&ao=1&asc=20160908131621&meid=6fd9afe087d646f7a4594b192a1726d1&pid=100678&rk=1&rkt=15&sd=264437407982&itm=264437407982&pmt=1&noa=1&pg=2481888&_trksid=p2481888.c100678.m3607&_trkparms=pageci:f992ad58-ccef-11e9-9816-74dbd180c99e|parentrq:ee5559d516c0a9e2a4ae76a6ffd1cee4|iid:1


    "Candy striped" white wool blankets are not hard at all to find, but these seem to only go back to the late 19th century (if accuracy is a concern). Red with black stripes at the end are available too. Blue, not so much.
     
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    IF you find a good quality blanket in a crap-tastic color but good price (like $50 or less including shipping), it's time to break out the walnut dye (or a commercial brown dye or gray dye) and change the color(s). Alas if you need a white blanket to be military-correct, that's the toughest to find these days.

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