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Half points were worth either half a beaver skin, or an imperfect one .
For over a century, point blankets were an essential item imported to Rupert’s Land in the fur trade.They continue to be sold today, though they are now inextricably associated with the Hudson’s Bay Company, and are even sold by other companies as “HBC blankets.” But the first so-called “pointed” blankets were made for French trading companies for sale to Aboriginal buyers.There are references to “point” blankets in early French trade records dating back at least to the very early 1700s.I have identified and dated some two-dozen styles of labels used by the Hudson's Bay Company since 1890.I have also done a considerable amount of research on the dates of labels used on blankets made by many mills like Early's of Witney, Pendleton and Jacob's of Oregon, as well as for blankets marketed by retailers other than HBC, like the T. In my second book The Collector's Guide to Point Blankets there is an extensive section on labels and their approximate dates.The short black lines woven into the blanket just above the bottom set of stripes are referred to as "points." About four inches in length (except in the case of half points, which are two inches), they indicate the finished overall size (area) of a blanket and allow a blanket's size to be easily determined while remaining folded.
The "point" system was invented by French weavers in the mid-18th-century since then, as now, blankets were shrunk as part of the manufacturing process.
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A Hudson's Bay point blanket is a type of wool blanket traded by the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) in British North America (now Canada) and the United States during the 18th century and 19th century.
The company is named for the saltwater bay in Northeastern Canada and the blankets were typically traded to First Nations in exchange for beaver pelts.
Points were first used on blankets made for the domestic market in France during the 16th century; indeed the term 'point' is thought to come from the French verb 'empointer', meaning to make stitches on cloth.