Worth It: Vintage Beacon & Esmond Mills Camp Blankets

Worth It: Vintage Beacon & Esmond Mills Camp Blankets

Cambria Bold
May 19, 2010

There are a few things that never go out of style, and are worth the investment. We feel that way about vintage camp blankets. And now one of our favorite vintage stores Three Potato Four has acquired a small collection of original all-cotton 1920's-1940's Beacon and Esmond Mills camp blankets, and we love them.

What exactly are camp blankets, you ask? The blankets were first designed in the late 19th century, the designs copied from Navajo hand weavings. At that time the blankets were produced by two companies: Beacon Manufacturing Company and Esmond Mills. In later years, both mills started using cotton blended with synthetics such as rayon and acrylic. So the collector's blankets are the early ones made entirely of cotton.

The blankets at Three Potato Four are all cotton, also called "wool nap" cotton as the material was felted to give it the warmth of wool to trap warm air. Each blanket is available for $395 until sold out.

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