Created for Civil War reenactments, these blankets are a replica of the bed rolls that U.S. soldiers would hitch to the back of their horse saddles. The blankets are 100% wool—shorn mostly from domestic sheep, but partly Australian Merino due to the animal's long, soft fibers.
The history of these blankets goes back to 1855, when a German community immigrated to the United States. Leading a communal lifestyle and sharing everything, they supported the village through cottage industries including the production of wool. The blankets are made by three workers from the original Amana village, which was declared a National Historic Landmark by the United States government in 1965.
Dry clean only.
In 1843, a German group by the name of the Community of True Inspiration immigrated to the United States seeking freedom. They initially landed near current day Buffalo, New York, but eventually settled in Iowa in the 1850s. They named themselves and their village Amana, meaning to remain faithful in Hebrew. The group lived a communal lifestyle, receiving no wages and sharing in education, supplies, worship and work, which included cottage enterprises such as making clocks, brewing spirits and the production of wool. The Amanas were forced to give up their communal lifestyle during the Great Depression, but many of the original members still work in its shops.
Replica Civil War blanket in 100% Australian Merino/domestic sheep's wool blend. Finished with contrast stitching. Woven in a small historic village in Amana, Iowa, since 1855. Also available in Gray. 90 in x 65 in.
90 inches long x 65 inches wide
(228.6 cm x 165 cm)
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