A paperfolding paradise
The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell
|Paper Frill / Manchette|
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of Paper Frills / Manchettes. Please contact
me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if
you have any other information that should be added.
Paper Frills or Manchettes are fold and cut designs that are nowadays used to decorate the ends of joints of meat, particularly crown roasts of pork, but are said to have originally served a more practical purpose. Thus Wikipedia 'Manchettes were originally of practical use: they allowed a cut of meat to be held with one hand securely and without the hand becoming greasy, leaving the other hand free to carve meat from the bone.' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchette_(cuisine)
I have not managed to find any information about the origin of these designs.
Paper Frills are sometimes also used as candle decorations.
As far as I know the Paper Frill first appears as a candle decoration in 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley, which was first published in Bielefeld and Leipzig, and the foreword of which is dated October 1876.
The Paper Frill also appears in 'Pleasant Work for Busy Fingers' by Maggie Browne, which was published by Cassell and Company in London in 1896. This book is an English version of 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch'.