Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

x

 
The Fold and One Cut Maltese Crosses / Iron Cross
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the The Fold and One Cut Maltese Cross / Iron Cross. 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.

**********

1881

As far as I know a version of this this effect, derived from the Fold and One Cut Latin Cross, first appears in a reader's letter in the Letterbox column of the January 1881 issue of the American children's magazine St Nicholas.

**********

1895

'Geometrie, Dessin et Travaux Manuels - Cours Moyen', produced under the direction of M E. Cazes, which was published by Librairie Ch. Delagrave in Paris in 1895 contains instructions for folding and cutting out 'La Croix de Malte' using a different method. A second cut is used to add detail but it is still essentially a single cut effect.

**********

1920

Diagrams for a fold and one cut 'German Iron Cross' are included in 'Paper Magic' by Will Blyth, which was first published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1920.

**********

1922

A method of creating a Fold and One Cut Maltese Cross can also be found in 'Houdini's Paper Magic', which was published by E P Dutton and Company of New York in 1922.

**********