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Points ranged from 1 to 6, increasing by halves depending upon the size and weight of the blanket.
They allowed a blanket’s size to be easily determined even when folded – (Oh, how I wish all blankets and sheets came marked like this!
The word point derives from the French empointer, meaning “to make threaded stitches on cloth.” The number of points on a blanket represents the overall finished size of the blanket – not its value in terms of beaver pelts, as is often thought.
Although some sources suggest there is some meaning to the stripe colours or order, the truth is that nothing intentional was meant by the design.
Lord knows a system such as that found on Point Blankets would serve my current linen closet well…!
) The point system was invented by French weavers in the mid-1700s since then, as now, blankets were shrunk as part of the manufacturing process.
First commissioned by Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) in 1800, the multi-stripe design lives on as a testament to our shared Canadian heritage.French fur-trader Germain Maugenest is thought to have advised the HBC to introduce point blankets.As part of his service of employment to HBC, he offered several suggestions for improving the growing inland trade from Fort Albany along the west coast of James Bay.Beaver pelts were exchanged for blankets through the Hudson's Bay Company and its outposts throughout Northern Canada.
Today Pcs Outdoors offers Hudson's Bay Point Blankets under the official license of the historic Hudson's Bay Company.19th century trappers, hunters and frontiersmen across North America wore timeless garments like this to battle cold weather.