This is a Pair of Antique Handwoven Windowpane Check Homespun Blankets Red White Blue 1800s. This pair of clean New England handwoven blankets date to the mid 1800s and were hand woven by the same person. The weaver was very skilled and the blankets are beautifully tightly woven with very fine single ply wool yarn. The blankets were found locally here in Western Massachusetts (Deerfield Massachusetts). Both blankets are center seamed. They measure approximately 65-66 inch wide and 86-87 inch long. The wool yarn was natural dyed with madder for the red and indigo for the blue. The white is the natural color of the homespun wool. The window pane check pattern is about 3 1/2 inch per repeat, and both twill woven blankets have that thin soft drape to them. One blanket has a narrow hem on one end and a 2 inch self fringe on the other while the other blanket is hemmed at both ends. There is no moth ball scent and both blankets were well cared for and carefully stored. The following is the description of the blanket with the fringe on the end: There about 10 holes here and there the size of a large green pea (or smaller) with one hole darned and mended. The blanket with no fringe has about 20 places where there is obvious stitching repair, and about 50-60 tiny holes scattered here and there (you can see them when holding the blanket up to the light. It is highly unusual to have a pair of blankets survive together and by the same weaver. These blankets represent the everyday domestic work/material culture done by women of the 19th century and should be preserved as part of the history of this country and the contribution women made to the domestic arts. I would hope that the new owner would help preserve the historical significance and importance that these blankets represent.
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