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The Claw
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Claw. 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.



As far as I know this design first appears, as 'Kralle', in 'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler was published by Herman Bohlau in Weimar in 1873. It also appears upside down (although I am not sure what the significance of the upside down version is.)


This design also appears:


In Lois Bates' 'Kindergarten Guide', which was first published by Longmans, Green and Co in London in 1897.