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The Cigar Case
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Cigar Case. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

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The Cigar Case (Le portes-cigares) appears twice in the lists of designs in the 'Manuel Pratique de Jardins D'Enfants de Friedrich Froebel, which was compiled by J F Jacobs and published in Brussells and Paris in 1859, once folded from the windmill base and once from the blintzed windmill base, the latter presumably as a step towards folding the Double Hulled Boat.

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As far as I know the earliest known illustration of this design is found in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers', written by Elise Van Calcar and published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863.

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The design also occurs in 'The Kindergarten Principle' by Mary J Lyschinska, which was published in London in 1880 by Wm Isbister Ltd ...

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... and in part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published in 1882 by E. Steiger and Company in New York ...

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The Cigar Case is pictured, but not named, in 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.

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