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The Mitre / Pencil Case
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design I call the Mitre and its various developments includinhg the Pencil 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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As far as I know these designs first appear in the historical record in part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was published by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1877. The Mitre is called the Purse in this book.

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Both designs also appear in 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley,which was published in Bielefeld and Leipzig in 1880, although the foreword is dated 1876. This book also uses the Mitre to help turn the Suit of Clothes into a human figure.

There is a somewhat similar human figure, called the 'Doll' in 'The Kindergarten Guide', although it is made using a Pyrimidal Hat rather than a Mitre.

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The Pencil Case also appears in Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding', which was first published in Dutch in 1895 then in English by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896 ...

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

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Fun with Paperfolding by Murray and Rigney, which was first published by the Fleming H Revell Company, New York in 1928, uses the Mitre design as a weight for the nose of the Dart.