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The King's Crown / The Battleship
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the King's Crown and its derivative the Battleship. 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 King's Crown

This design first appears, as 'The King's Crown' 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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This design 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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The King's Crown also appears in Lois Bates' 'Kindergarten Guide', which was first published by Longmans, Green and Co in London in 1897 ...

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... and in 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900.

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The King's Crown 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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'Fun with Paperfolding' by William D Murray and Francis J Rigney, which was published by the Fleming H Revell Company, New York in 1928 contains a multipiece Battleship the basis of which is a version of the King's Crown. Compare the Battleship in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which is developed from the Steamship.

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