Wrap up in a Beacon blanket! These Beacon Indian pattern blankets make good bed covers, sofa throws, wall art, table covers, jackets(damaged ones) and much more. Beacon camp blankets are highly collectible and look good just stacked up or hung on an old ladder. Beacon blankets were introduced in the early 1900's. Beacon blanket has become the generic name for many cotton blankets, because not all blankets were made by the Beacon Manufacturing Company and the term Beacon blanket is used loosly. Another company producing these camp blankets was the Esmond Mills Company of Esmond, R.I.
Beacon blankets were introduced in the early 1900's. The Indian design camp blankets, as they are often called, were sold at stores like Sears Roebuck & Co., Montgomery Ward, W.T. Grant, J.C. Penny, dry good stores and others as noted in the book Beacon Blankets Make Warm Friends by Brownstein. They are easy to care for and are generally very washable. Here's some good reading, along with great pictures, on blankets that is recommended: Language of the Robe- Robert Kapoun, Chasing Rainbows-BarryFriedman, Beacon Blankets Make Warm Friends- Jerry and Kathy Brownstein.
I think of a beacon blanket in "earlier" days as one that was used in the 1930's to the 60's,,(and that's part of my time era!!) that was used when traveling and thrown in the automobile just in case... also for the bunk, cabin or childrens room or for the guest that needed an extra cover or thrown on the sofa for warming up when drafty. Some of the Beacon blankets were of double length and one could lay on it and fold the rest of it over the top of oneself.. or just use it as double cover. These Beacon blankets were generally floral or striped or had other non Indian patterns.
All blankets listed in this category will be cotton unless noted. They also come from a non smoking home and will usually have been cleaned as wet washed. There may be the occasional age spot, but these blankets aren't "new". One of the great features of these camp blankets, as they have good texture, are not usually scratchy, feel good next to the skin, and can be washed or dry cleaned if preferred. Some collectors/clients like the blankets that have been used some and have that certain "feel", washed a few times , but not abused, so not quite that "out of the box" feel and look. Buy what you like and will enjoy .
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This is a great graphic cotton Indian camp blanket. Looks to be a vintage Esmond. Wonderful colors of purple, sunset, green and pumpkin set in a geometric pattern. The edge is self bound. The condition is excellent. Displays well and very usable. Clean and ready to enjoy.
Offering this extraordinary antique quilt top made of cigarette/tobacco flannel premiums. Such a huge collection and sampling of flannel printed blocks all stitched together making a fantastic quilt top. Many of the flannels are Indian patterns and several flags, about 60, making up the center panel. Some of the patterns symbolize Indian blankets and Oriental rugs with wonderful geometric patterns. There's a few, about 5 or so blocks near the bottom edge that have some bleeding of color. Otherwise the condition is excellent. There's approximately 235 blocks or flannels in all making up the top. A true piece of Americana and one so many collectors can enjoy and add to several categories of collecting. Massachusetts.
Offering this great cotton Beacon Indian blanket-shawl. It still has the original label in the corner as shown. This is actually a shawl with the fringe. The condition is excellent, with little loss of the fringe. The wonderful pattern and scale of it is stunning. Colors of red, green, yellow and blue make this a very desirable blanket. It is clean and ready to enjoy or display. I would call this a small scale pattern and so detailed in patterns. Look it over and this might just be the one your looking for!
Offering this handsome cotton Indian camp blanket that may be a Beacon brand, but does not have a label. Colors and pattern are great and it is ready to enjoy or display. The size of 61x66 does not include the fringe. Shawls were often worn by women although this blanket would not have been made for the Native American Indians specifically, but the pattern mimics many of the trade blankets. A wonderful blanket to add to a collection. Has a good feel and not too heavy.
Offering this great cotton Beacon blanket in shades of pink, lavender- purple, greens and cream. I don't often see blankets with these colors. The condition is very good, although there is a neat mend on the edge as shown. Some slight binding wear on the original Beacon binding. Just the right feel if wanting the vintage look, but not really worn! This is a blanket that may be in Barry Friedman's new blanket book coming out as it was photographed. Circa 1920's , one of the earlier blankets.
Offering this excellent original cotton Beacon Indian blanket with the label still attached in the corner. A great collectors blanket having a wonderful pattern. It is a Wigwam style as shown in the book on page 55, Beacon Blankets Make Warm Friends by Brownstein. Shades of mainly browns, blues and some black and cream make up the color palette. Blankets in this fine condition don't come along every day, so take a look at this one.
Offering this fantastic Ombre Beacon cotton blanket,,, in colors of sunset, lavender shades, green shades and more. The condition is excellent. It is called an Agawam style and displays great.. A blanket to use and enjoy or hang on a wall or drape over the couch or bench. Add to a collection of blankets! Clean and ready to enjoy. There's a blanket like this in the book Beacon Blankets Make Warm Friends by Brownstein on page 105 and also Barry Friedman has one of these in his book, Chasing Rainbows on page 244. The original binding is also attached. Take a look at all the images...
Offering this great cotton Beacon Indian blanket in colors of red, blue , green and some yellow accents. It's in excellent condition and is clean and ready to use. The blanket has a good medium thick feel and displays great and feels good to cuddle up with. The 2 ends are self bound. There's a couple of blankets like this in the book, Beacon Blankets Make Warm Friends by Brownstein on page 130. These popular colors are getting harder to come by in this nice conditon.
Offering this wonderful condition Beacon blanket, in colors of navy, green, yellow and toupe. Recently washed and ready to enjoy. This is one of the heavier/thicker made Beacon blankets and has a real good feel. A pattern of this blanket is pictured in the book , Beacon Blankets Make Warm Friends by Brownstein on page 80. It has the original silk binding, which is shown and is missing from a 3 inch strip as shown. Other than the binding the blanket looks unused and is in great condition. Great to use or display.
Offering this nice patterened Indian camp Beacon blanket, with a pattern in one of the blanket books, called the Casco Style. The blanket is in excellent condition and has had a wash so is clean and ready to use. There's a blanket on page 123, upper right, in the book Beacon Blankets Make Warm Friends by Brownstein. The blanket has a good feel and is self bound on the 2 ends. Good to use or display.
Offering this 4 color Esmond Indian camp blanket and often called Beacon blankets in general. This is actually an Esmond brand blanket, although the label is gone. It's a cotton geometric patterened blanket with colors of deep red/wine, yellow, blue and black. The blanket is in very good condition, the sateen binding looks to be gone, but one can see what the fabric was like "under" the binding. The blanket still has lots of body and is a great blanket to use or display. It's been washed, as have most of my cotton blankets and is ready to enjoy. This is a blanket kinda like a favorite pair of worn blue jeans,, you can wear for years and it just gives them more "patina". The black has faded to a demin like black and the red and softer red/wine. The generous size will work on some of todays beds too. One can always turn a blanket with the longest dimension across the bed and just cover the top of the bed part with another blanket that complements it. There's a full page picture of a blanket like this pattern in the book Chasing Rainbows by Barry Freidman on page 250. A classic blanket...
Click on the image for more pictures of how a collection of blankets can be shown and displayed. Just a couple of many ways to show off those great blankets. A couple on a sofa makes for warmth on a cool night!!
Offering this attractive cotton Beacon Indian blanket that has a pattern called, Wigwam. It is in excellent condition and the size is 65x77 not including the fringe. Colors of black, red yellow and a gray shade. These blankets are reversible and look different on each side. There is a blanket similar to this in Language of the Robe, page 232, by Bob Kapoun. A wonderful display blanket and very usable.
Chasing Rainbows: Collecting American Indian Trade & Camp Blankets (bk- 447) Author Barry Friedman with James Collins and Gary Diamond , photographs by Gary Diamond. This is a great book containing information regarding Indian trade blankets with lots of text and superb photographs. I personally recommend this book. This book is a favorite of many of the blanket collectors and has a wealth of information. Shipping media mail is included in price of $72.00 in the U.S. lower 48 states. Request total for shipping elsewhere.