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Catalog Number 1996.026.003
Description Lab Robe, n.d. Lap Robe has a crushed velour finish on both sides possibly of natural fiber (elk?). Backing is solid brown in color. Top is navy blue and tan, tan is more than likely bleached from the sun. Front and back are sewn together along the edges and stitched 0.75in inside the edge.
Object Name Robe, Lap
Collection 3D - Land Transportation Tools & Equipment
Title Lap Robe, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text None
Notes "It's a blanket that covers your lap and knees. It is generally 27 inches by 36 inches or in the vicinity thereof. A lap robe isn't intended to be used for sleeping. It is a smaller version of a blanket that covers your feet, as well as your legs and lap, and is ideal if you are riding in an open carriage or if your car heater is on the break." []

"Lap robes were very much in demand and needed for warmth. People particularly liked buffalo robes, which were used as coats as well as for lap robes. The buffalo lap robe was made from the skin of the American bison. The hair was left on the robe. The buffalo lap robe was usually trimmed so that it was rectangular in shape and it was lined with fabric. According to the 1895 Montgomery Ward & Co. catalog, a baby fur lap robe was 27 inches by 32 inches. A linen carriage robe was 52 inches by 62 inches and a buffalo lap robe was 54 inches by 62 inches."
Dimensions H-69.5 W-54.75 D-0.5 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Blankets
Subjects Blankets
Carriages & coaches