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pcmadison191's items7 of 45Victorian Paisley Shawlembroidered wool blanket
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    Posted 3 years ago

    pcmadison191
    (45 items)

    I think it's a saddle blanket. I don't know much about Native American blankets but I knew it was well worth the $25 at an antique mall here in Texas. I would love to know the tribe it's from and age if you can educate me on my new find I would be very greatfull!
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    1. CanyonRoad, 3 years ago
      It looks like you got lucky here. Generally it's not a good idea to buy Native American items unless one has a fairly good background in the area, since so many fakes and "look alikes" are on the market. The fakes far outnumber the authentic items every day on eBay.

      It's especially true of Navajo rugs, but this appears to be an authentic ca.1930s/1950s Two Grey Hills.

      Just a few quick points. The Navajo are the only tribe that weaves rugs, and they are identified by the way they are woven, since the Navajo use a unique type of loom and weaving technique...an upright loom with a continuous warp, resulting in a weaving with yarn loops in each corner, rather than fringe on both ends. The designs and patterns are often copied on fake Navajo rugs, but the basic weaving methods can't be. Fringe can be hidden by weaving it back into the rug, or binding it off, on the fakes...so just because the fringe isn't visible it doesn't mean it is authentic. But there is no evidence that is the case here.

      This does look like a rug, however, rather than a saddle blanket, based on the size. A single saddle blanket is square, a double saddle blanket is rectangular, but basically in the 30" x 60" size range, or roughly double the size of a single, because it is used folded in half. Without the size being given, this doesn't look like a double saddle blanket from the photo.





    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Still have that button ? I'm curious how much it brings.
    3. pcmadison191 pcmadison191, 3 years ago
      Yes I still have it and this site removed the posting just for saying it might have a new home in the future lol.
    4. pcmadison191 pcmadison191, 3 years ago
      I was pretty sure it was Native American because of the lazy lines but thank you for all the information and I'll mark this one solved!

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