US Issue Blanket by FHW from Wambaugh, White & Co.
Known to every soldier east and west, the Federal issue blanket was a staple of active campaign bivouacs and garrison camps alike. The U.S. Army specified a “gray” 5 pound blanket measuring 7′ long by 5 ½’ wide although wartime exigency, manufacturing variation, and relaxed inspections resulted in a much wider variety being issued. Our reproduction is based on an original in our own collection. Several months of work resulted in a custom dyed wool yarn which closely matches in color and content to the original. The most exciting feature of the original blanket is the yarn used to make the end stripes and the “US”, which was logwood dyed with a heavy copperas mordant. This feature has been replicated exactly for our reproduction, so needless to say your stripes will fade!
Our reproduction 100% wool blankets are woven on an antique shuttle loom by Family Heirloom Weavers and made from yarn sourced here in the Midwest. We are extremely proud that these are 100% American-made.
The blankets weigh approximately 4 1/2 pounds, and measure 7 1/2 feet X 6 feet (they are intentionally over-sized to allow for a modest amount of shrinkage.) They will arrive to you straight off the loom (as per the original) with instructions on how to sew the “US” in the center and prepare it for field use. A high resolution photo of the original “US” is included below to illustrate the creative way in which it was sewn.