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Joe Ben Wheat Southwest Textile Database

Joe Ben Wheat

Analysis

National Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology Catalog No. E057499
Object Name: Saddle Blanket, Single
JBW Type: Single Saddle Blanket
Style: Compound bands
Maker: --
Culture: Navajo
Subculture: --
Period: Late 19th Century
Date Made: ca. 1880
Max. Date Range : (1875-1882)
Identity / Dates Documented? Yes
Description: Single saddle blanket in creamy white wool heavy diagonal tapestry twill weave; white ground; ends have compound stripe of: steel blue - red - dark blue - red - dark blue - red - dark blue - steel blue; in body of blanket are four pairs of steel blue stripes with diagonal beaded edges; in outer pairs the beading merges to make a size single stripe.
Dimensions: 36.5 x 29 in.
Technique: Diagonal twill tapestry weave, 2/2, heavy
Warp Selvage: Two 3-ply twined cords.
Weft Selvage: Two 3-ply twined cords; weft wrap around one of button loop closure.
Corner Finish: Self tassel #
Lazy Lines: None
Warp Count: 12
Weft Count: 20
Technical Comments: --
Yarn Analysis:
Function Type Fiber Ply Spin Twist Color Dye
Warp Handspun Wool 1 z -- White None
Weft Handspun Wool 1 z -- Cream White None
Weft Handspun Wool 1 z -- Dark Blue Indigo
Weft Handspun Wool 1 z -- Light Steel Blue Indigo?
Weft Raveled & Respun Flannel Wool 1 z -- Crimson Aniline?
Warp Selvage Handspun Wool 3 z S Light Steel Blue Indigo?
Weft Selvage Handspun Wool 3 z S Light Steel Blue Indigo?
Collector: Whittemore, E. W.
Collection Date: 1882, to the Museum
Accession Remarks: Collected by Capt. E.W. Whittemore in New Mexico Territory; to the Museum in 1882.
Recorder: Wheat, Joe Ben
Recording Date: 02/16/1973
Ownership: National Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology
Catalog No.: E057499
Other Numbers: --
Publications: --
Plate Nos.: --
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Credits: Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Cat. no. E57499.
Textile Id. No.: 1499

One or more # symbols denote indecipherable characters in Wheat's original handwritten notes; these will be corrected whenever possible.

Dates shown in curly brackets {1852} are Wheat's original dates in cases where dye tests and other evidence now suggest different (usually later) dates.

Maximum date ranges shown in parentheses (1850–1860) are used for searching and for sorting multiple records in chronological order; these are based on Wheat's original dating with subsequent revisions by Hedlund.

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