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Eleonore Heerwart's Course in Paperfolding
 
Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding' was first published in Dutch in 1895 then in English by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896.

The English version was republished in 'COET '91: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Origami in Education and Therapy', Ed John Smith, British Origami Society, 1992. These notes are based on this republished English version. I have not seen the original book in either Dutch or English.

The main interest for the paperfolding historian lies in 3 plates, II, III and IV, which show a variety of finished paper folds. The paperfolds shown in these plates are numbered but, unfortunately, not named. This seems odd and I wonder whether there might have been a list in the original Dutch book which has not been brought across into the English version, or at least in the English version published in 'COET 91'.

Working from the pictures alone, some of the designs are easy to identify, some can only be identified on a tentative basis, and some cannot yet be identified at all.

The designs pictured in plate II are:

2, The Salt Cellar

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3, The Pepperpot

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4. The Crown

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5, Unidentified

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Designs from the windmill base:

6, The Squid

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7, The Pajarita

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8, The Windmill

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9, Unidentified

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10, The Cigar Case

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11, The Vase

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12, The Boat with Sail

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13, The Double Boat

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14, The Boat with Fishbox

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15, The Open Box

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16, From the context, probably the Frame

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17, From the context, probably the Solid Box

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The designs pictured in Plate III are:

First series - from the triple blintz fold or the blintzed windmill base

2, The Cross

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3, The Scent Bottle

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4, The Muff

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5 and 6, Unidentified - presumably a hat?

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7, The Jacket

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8, The Trousers

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9, The Double Hulled Boat

(A version of the double boat, which, from its context, is presumably folded from a blintzed windmill base)

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10, The Duck

(A version of the duck, which, from its context, is presumably folded from a blintzed windmill base)

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11, The Picture Frame

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12, The Looking Glass

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13, The Junk Box

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Second series

4, The Pig

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5, A third Double Boat?

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6, The Fish

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7, The Organ

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8, The Corner Cupboard

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9, The Double Spool

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Third series - possibly designs folded from rectangles

2, Unidentified (an alternative version of the Junk Box?)

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3, Unidentified

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4, The Shovel

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5, Unidentified (axe or hammer)

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6, Unidentified (stool with arms)

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7, Unidentified (bathchair)

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8, Unidentified (piano stool)

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The designs pictured in Plate IV are:

First series - miscellaneous designs:

1, The Pyramidal Hat

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2, The Pencil Case

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3, The Paper Boat

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4, The Soldier's Cap

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5, The Bellows

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6, Unidentified

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7, The Love Knot Letterfold

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8, The Cut and Fold Windmill

9, XYZ from three slit squares

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Second series - Fold-up Polyhedral Nets