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The Cup and Saucer
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Cup and Saucer. 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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As far as I know the Cup and Saucer (De kop en schotel) first appears in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers', written by Elise Van Calcar and published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863.

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A slightly different version of this design appears in the revised version of 'Der Kindergarten' by Hermann Goldammer which was published by Carl Babel in Berlin in 1874.

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The design also appears in 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, which was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.

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