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De Kleine Papierwerkers - 1863
De Kleine Papierwerkers was written by Elise Van Calcar and published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863. An ebook of the 2nd Edition, published in 1864, can be accessed at 1864 De kleine papierwerkers - Calvar (2e ed). The illustrations below are taken from this edition. My thanks to Michel Grand for providing this link.

I do not read Dutch and so cannot understand much of the the written content. Usefully, however, the book contains 7 pages of illustrations of crease patterns and folded designs. Most of these are concerned with mathematical folds and decorative variations. There is however a 'Lijst de van Leervormen' or 'List of the Learning Forms' which gives the titles of 22 paper folds, divided into 3 groups.These are pictured in plate III. English equivalents for the Dutch names in this list are given below. I have emboldened these where they are recognisable as known named designs.

Group 1:

1. De bloem (the flower)

2. Het chemisetje (possibly short-sleeved shirt)

3. De sokjes (the sock)

4. Het schuurbakje (the sandbox)

5. Het peper-en zoutvat (the pepperpot)

6. Het reistaschje (the travel bag)

Group 2:

7. De schuitjes (the double boat)

8. De sigarenkoker (the cigar case)

9. De bloemvaas (the vase)

10. Het zeilschip (the boat with sail)

11. De sprinkhaan (the pajarita) (literally the grasshopper)

12. De inktvisch (the squid?)

13. De kop en schotel (the cup and saucer)

14. De molen (the windmill)

15. De tafel (the table)

Group 3:

16. De theebus (the tea caddy)

17. De visschersbroek (the trousers)

18. Het visschersbuis (the jacket)

19. Der inktkoker (the steamship) (literally the well)

20. Het hoekkastje (the corner cabinet)

21. De bank (the bank)

22. Het swavelbakje (the swivel tray)

Not in this list but pictured in Plate 3 are:

23. The masu

24. The picture frame

25. The Chinese Junk

26. The Waterbomb (though not quite in the square faced form we are familiar with today).

27. The bellows


A few other familiar designs are pictured in Plate VII:

2. The puzze purse or menko

11. The 3D crown

19/20. The Cross

This plate also includes what looks very much like a patterned cube, a design that is otherwise unknown to me.


And Plate VIII illustrates an alphabet made from zigzag folded strips.