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MODEL 1876 US ARMY BARRACKS BEDDING BLANKETS – VERY NICE EARLY SPECIMENS:  Dating from the Custer era, these Indian Wars Model 1876 Bedding Blankets, as described on page 152 of Randy Stephen’s “The Horse Soldier 1776-1943, Volume II”, feature the correct blue gray body with 2 ˝” dark blue stripes at each end.  One of the most basic pieces of the standard equipment issued to each frontier soldier, these blankets saw heavy service in both the barracks and in the field, and then as they passed on as surplus to the multitude of post-army agencies, charities and retail stores where they were simply used up with little or no regard for their historical value. 

As you can imagine, these blankets did not survive in great numbers, and today an early Indian Wars era bedding blanket is a scarce item, particularly when found in the condition of these offered here.  These blankets will certainly add to your collection, displayed with a soldier’s field kit, on a Model 1872 Barracks Bed, or rolled up on the cantle of an Indian War saddle. 

Each blanket is described below with accompanying photographs.     

NOTE:  THE LIGHT STREAKS SHOWING ON THE BLANKET IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE RAYS OF SUNLIGHT SHINING ON THE BLANKET AND NOT FADING, BLEACHED AREAS, OR DISCOLORATION IN THE MATERIAL.

 

1876 BLANKET NO. 1:  The blanket measures 71” long and 62 ˝” wide, very close to the original dimensions and well within the range of shrinkage normally encountered in these blankets as caused by the aging of the wool and repeated washings through the years.  Overall in very good to excellent condition, this blanket has a small patch of moth tracks, a small stain and a small notch in one edge – all shown in the photographs below.  None of these small flaws affect the integrity of the weave nor do they detract from the quality of the blanket on display.  When originally issued, these blankets had a “U.S.” stenciled with ink or paint in the center of the blanket, but as with this specimen, this marking soon wore away with use and cleaning and is seldom found intact.   (0424)  $525

 

1876 BLANKET NO. 2:  The blanket measures 76” long and 66” wide, very close to the original dimensions and well within the range of shrinkage normally encountered in these blankets as caused by the aging of the wool and repeated washings through the years.  Overall in very good to excellent condition, this blanket is as close to "like new" as you are likely to encounter.  It is overall clean with no stains, it has no distinct mothing, and only a small wear point along the edge at one end shown in the photographs below.  When originally issued, these blankets had a “U.S.” stenciled with ink or paint in the center of the blanket, but as with this specimen, this marking soon wore away with use and cleaning and is seldom found intact.   This specimen will display quite well and is an exceptional example of the early Indian War era blankets.  (1050)  $595

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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