Pendleton Robes Chief Joseph wool indian blanket, $9.

Pendleton is one of the most sought-after manufacturers of western style clothing & blankets, so it will serve you well to learn a bit about their products so that you'll know them when you see them!

This particular example, with its beautiful western pattern and its nice sewn trim that frames the pattern beautifully, is called the 'Chief Joseph.' I was already familiar with the Pendleton name, so I suspected the money was there in this case. This blanket retails for about $200 new, and this one is brand new with tags, and still in the original box.

When buying wool items you should always be concerned with storage. Despite mothproofing, certain bugs will eat small holes in the wool, literally 'eating into' the item's resale value. Smoke or moist conditions can also affect an item as well, since mold will stain the material. Smoke stains and smell are almost impossible to get rid of completely, so a rule that I always follow is to remove the item from the box and inspect it not only visually, but also by giving it a smell. Your nose will tell you how much work you have ahead of you in terms of making the item ready for sale. The last thing you want to end up with is a piece of clothing or blanket with an off odor that you can't remove!

Chief Joseph was chief of the Wal-lam-wat-kain, or Wallowa, band of the Nez Perce indian tribe, and is best known for leading his people from Oregon through Idaho and into Montana with 2,000 members of the U.S. Cavalry in pursuit. Young warriors had raided several farms and killed a few settlers after being enraged with the continual settlement of people in what was supposed to have been the Nez Perce reservation. The actions of these young warriors caused the U.S. Cavalry to pursue any of the tribe that had not moved to the reservation. During the retreat 700 people, only of which 200 were warriors, fought in four major battles and numerous skirmishes against the 2,000-strong U.S. Cavalry.

Chief Joseph's leadership of his people during these 3 months led many to call him respectfully 'The Red Napoleon.'

This blanket sold on eBay for $112.50

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